Temple of Dedication, a residential school for classical dance, was constructed in 1998 near Lake Hesaraghatta. It is decorated with beautiful carvings and motifs of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in varied dancing poses. Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was the teacher of the founder of the temple, Protima Gauri Bedi.
Born on 8th January, 1926, Mohapatra was a renowned Indian classical dancer, guru and promoter of Odissi dance form. He is also known for the restoration of Indian classical dance forms in the 20th century. The guru passed away on 7th April, 2004. The Temple of Dedication must be visited when touring Nrityagram.
Different gurukuls are visited by several tourists during their trip to Nrityagram, which is considered as the first contemporary gurukul in the country. One of the major artistic and cultural hubs in Karnataka, it was established in the year 1990 by the famous Odissi dancer, Protima Gauri Bedi. Nrityagram is a society of classical dancers settled in a remote area amidst nature. The place is known for some of the best group works in Odissi dance form.
Nrityagram has several mud houses, a beautiful temple, a yoga centre and many guest cottages. Tourists from all over make sure to visit the gurukuls, such as Odissi Gurukul, Mohiniattam Gurukul and Kathak Gurukul, present in Nrityagram. Apart from these dance forms, the gurukuls provide training in other Indian classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri. The classes take place six days a week for eight hours per day and follow the old guru-shishya tradition.