“A performer of exquisite grace and technique!” The New Yorker
Research and Contributions to Dance Pedagogy
• She has developed an integrated physical conditioning for Odissi/Indian Classical dancers, which amalgamates her knowledge of Yoga, Natyashastra, Kalaripayattu, western techniques, traditional Odissi warm up exercises, anatomy & kinesiology.
• She is instrumental in delineating a unique training vocabulary in Odissi expanding the basic movements under various categories.
• Bijayini is also the architect of a fun, energising and much loved training method for children modelled after the technique followed by NDI(National Dance Institute).
Unique Partnership with Surupa Sen Bijayini shared a rare and unique artistic collaboration & partnership with Nrityagram’s artistic Director & choreographer, Surupa Sen. She has danced as the principal dancer in Surupa’s productions – Sri, In search of the Goddess – 2000, Ansh – 2005, Sacred Space – 2006, Pratima – 2008, Samhara – 2012, Samyoga – 2014, Sriyaa- 2017. Her duets with Surupa Sen are considered singularly admirable and exemplary. Their duet called Vibhakta based on Ardhanaarishwara Stotram was listed as one of the 10 best dance performances of 2008 by Joan Acocella in the New Yorker. Their partnership was reviewed as one of three unique dance partnerships in the New York Times in 2017 by Marina Harss.
Recognition & Awards • Mahari Award, 2003
• The Sanskriti award, 2007
• Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, 2007
• Yagna Raman Award, 2010
• Nritya Choodamani, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2011
• Heroes of Bangalore
• Regents Residency Lecturer, Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, UCLA, 2015
Critical Acclaim “A lethal combination of fire, stillness and immaculate angasuddha, Nrityagram Bijayini Satpathy’s Odissi had the audience spellbound. Evoking the raw power and sensuous grace of Divinity in the feminine aspect, the dancer glowed with the inner fire of a possessed being!” The Hindu
“Wonderfully sinuous arms and hands, rock-solid balance and vivid facial expressions …… this was always Ms. Satpathy’s solo, and it was a show- stopper!” The New York Times
“…sensual….in what is already one of dance’s most sensual forms, all rounded shapes, inviting glances & lilting sways of the upper & lower body. Satpathy has the more serene & beguiling smile & the most tantalizing eyes. Her eyes seem to cradle & cajole every member of the audience individually…each convinced that she danced for him alone.” Odissi at The Met, Marina Harss
“Satpathy is a sort of movie star with…timing as natural as breathing.” New Yorker “So beguiling, you resist blinking in case you miss a moment!” The Herald
“An inspired dancer whose very exuberance makes one’s own heart leap!” ExploreDance
“Satpathy demonstrated her formidable artistry as she integrated postures, mudras, facial expression and rhythmic footwork into an expressive whole. Her leaps, balances, and attack of the space had an animal like quality…….quite an arc of emotion permeated with absolute dramatic commitment.” Ballet Review
“…this paragon of Nrityagram style pounced into the air to land in a wide warrior stance as her ankle bells jangled fiercely: a fitting introduction to an Odissi troupe that springs higher and moves bigger than almost anyone without sacrificing an iota of clarity or precision.” Financial Times, White Light Festival
“The Nrityagram Dancers(duo of Surupa Sen & Bijayini Satpathy) can present absolute precision and stillness, but even more seductive is how they can strike a pose and then deepen it. …….The only proper response to dancers this amazing is worship.” The New York Times