Globally acclaimed as one of India’s premier dance companies, the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble will showcase the magic of Indian classical dance through a virtuoso dance performance.
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded as one of India’s foremost dance companies of India. The ensemble has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, from New York to Hawaii in the US and in Denmark, Holland, Portugal, the Middle East, Singapore and Japan.
At Nrityagram, dance is a way of life. The founder, Protima Gauri – an exquisite Odissi dancer herself – converted ten acres of farmland into an ideal setting for the study, practice and teaching of classical dance. Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, Nrityagram dancers are also involved in carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century. Their dazzling performances are lauded both nationally and internationally.
Odissi is characterised by sensuousness and lyricism and of the love between the human and divine. With movements that reflect the motifs of Orissa temple sculpture, it captures drum rhythms, melodies, as well as the poetry of songs taken from the vast canon of Oriya music
Bijayini Satpathy made Nrityagram her home in 1993. Her initial Odissi training was in Odisha from the age of seven, until she moved to Nrityagram. She has lived at Nrityagram ever since. Globally acclaimed for her skill as an Odissi dancer and teacher, Bijayini is one of the most recognizable names in dance today and brings countless accolades for her alma mater, Nrityagram. She has received national and international recognition including the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. As director of dance education at Nrityagram, she works on extending the vocabulary of the traditional Odissi form and formulating Nrityagram’s dance pedagogy.
Her partnership with the renowned Nrtiyagram dancer and choreographer Surupa Sen makes for an aesthetic style of Odissi that is the hallmark of Nrityagram
At Confluence, Bijayani will perform solo in Ansh in an exquisitely choreographed Odissi recital by Surupa.