Ansh by Nrityagram’s Bijayini Satpathy, Choreographed by Surupa Sen

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8 October 2017 at 3:00 pm – 8 October 2017 at 4:00 pm
Drama Theatre 55 Scenic Boulevard Clayton
Standard: $35.00 Student/Senior/Pensioner: $25.00 Monash Staff: $25.00 Monash Student: $25.00
Performing Arts; General


Ansh by Nrityagram’s Bijayini Satpathy, Choreographed by Surupa SenPresented by Confluence, Festival of India and Monash University

“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

“A performer of exquisite grace and technique!”  The New Yorker

“Satpathy is a dancer of extraordinary, riveting quality!”  The Financial Times, London

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.

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