Recognition & Awards:
• Best Dance, Dance Magazine, 2019
• Nritya Choodamani, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2011
• Yagna Raman Award, 2010
• Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, 2007
• The Sanskriti award, 2006
• Mahari Award, 2003
Bijayini Satpathy’s passion for Odissi was instilled as early as Kindergarten, at her school, The Institute of Integral Education. Her early training was under various teachers at Orissa Dance Academy, in her birth place, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. She joined Nrityagram in 1993 after being selected in an audition by the late Founder of Nrityagram Smt. Protima Gauri and the legendary Odishi Dancer Smt Sanjukta Panigrahi. Bijayini was presented by her Guru Protima Gauri as a solo debutant in 1997. She then worked with Nrityagram in the capacity of a performer, teacher, research scholar and administrator until 2018.
Bijayini has been the principal dancer in Nrityagrams Original productions under Surupa Sen’s choreography and artistic direction.
2014: Songs of Love & Longing
2008: Pratima, Reflections
2006: Sacred Space
2001: Sri, In search of the Goddess
As Nrityagram’s Director of Training and Outreach for twenty years, Bijayini helped build it to be among the most acclaimed and sought after schools in Odissi. Bijayini has conducted scholarly research in developing an integrated physical conditioning for Odissi/Indian Classical dancers, which amalgamates her knowledge of Yoga, Natyashastra, Kalaripayattu, western techniques, traditional Odishi warm up exercises, anatomy & kinesiology. She is instrumental in delineating a unique training vocabulary in Odissi which is known and practiced as Nrityagram’s Pedagogy. Bijayini is also the architect of a fun, energising and much loved training method to teach Odissi to young children. Bijayini has taught as the Regents Residency Lecturer at the Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance to UCLA in 2015.