“She is easily among the top five dancers I’ve ever seen in my lifetime”… said Mark Morris about BIjayini Satpathy to The New York Times, 2019.
Hailed by The New Yorker as “a performer of exquisite grace and technique”, Bijayini Satpathy has been the Principal Dancer of the famed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for 25 years until 2018. In 2019, Bijayini decided to delve into a solo career as a performer and educator. Her recent US solo debut titled “Kalpana, The World of Imagination” is listed as one of The Best Dances of 2019 in the Dance Magazine.
Acclaimed for her skill as an Odissi dancer and Teacher, Bijayini is one of the most recognizable names in Indian dance today. She has performed alone, and with the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, all over the world and has received many national and international recognition.
Bijayini has shared a unique partnership with Nrityagram’s Artistic Director and Choreographer, Surupa Sen in all her original works in the last two decades and has contributed to them with her skill as a performer, scholar and designer. Her duets with Surupa Sen are considered singularly admirable and exemplary. Their duet called Vibhakta as part of the Joyce Debut of Pratima, Reflections, was rated as one of the best dance performances of 2008 by Joan Acocella in the New Yorker. Their partnership has been listed as one of three unique dance partnerships in the New York Times in 2017. As Bijayini forges a solo direction, her mission is to continue her ongoing research in the preparation, preservation and injury prevention of the Odissi/Indian Classical Dance Body, document the expanded Odissi vocabulary and training that she has developed and spread it worldwide. At the moment Bijayini prepares to create a solo world premiere with live orchestra in 2021.