Director: Surupa Sen
Duration: 00:13:13; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 16.436; Saturation: 0.453; Lightness: 0.257; Volume: 0.445; Cuts per Minute: 0.454
Summary: The 3rd International Odissi Festival was organised by IPAP between December 26 - 30, 2006 in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to the memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the festival also saw the construction of a gigantic open-air dance theatre in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya campus. The daylong performances included leading and upcoming Odissi dancers. The festival also made space for seminars, Odissi music and lecture demonstrations.
Bijayini Satpathy joined the Orissa Dance Academy in Bhubaneshwar at the age of 7, where she trained for 13 years under the tutelage of Guru Kanduri Charan Behera, Guru Pagal Swain, Bichitrananda Swain & Aruna Mohanty. An insatiable thirst for knowledge led her to Nrityagram in 1993 where she flourished under the guidance of Protima Gauri, and through her collaboration with Surupa Sen. At Nrityagram she gained from the intense concentration on dance that it promotes, as well as from interaction with other practitioners of performing arts, to which she attributes her own artistic growth. Bijayini has performed alone, and with the ensemble, all over the world and has received national and international recognition including the 2003 Mahari Award given to the best Odissi dancer of the year and the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007 given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to the best in performing arts in India. As Director of the Odissi Gurukul, Bijayini works on creating new techniques for Odissi dance training, and extending the vocabulary of the traditional form. In 2011, with Surupa Sen, she was awarded the Nritya Choodamani award by Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.