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Artist Bijayini Satpathy at the Met

Bijayini Satpathy in the Galleries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Saturday, May 14, 2pm and 3pm
Galleries 459 and 460, Islamic Art

Sunday, May 15, 2pm and 3pm
Gallery 924, Modern and Contemporary Art

Saturday, May 21, 2pm and 3pm
Gallery 217, Astor Chinese Garden Court

MetLiveArts Artist in Residence Bijayini Satpathy explores the traditions and future of the Indian classical dance known as Odissi through in-gallery performances this May. Bijayini’s performances are inspired by—and take place in—various galleries engaging with each site’s architecture as well as its ancestry, stories, legends, and aesthetics that are so different from Odissi’s. For these site-specific creations, Bijayini collaborated with composer Bindhumalini Narayanswamy, who has moved the soundscape away from traditional Odissi music and into unconventional spaces.

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.

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