With its sculptural forms, sinuous movements, and emotional intensity, Odissi—one of the oldest dance traditions in the world—speaks of love and union with the divine. Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, the principal dancers of India's world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, transport viewers to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality with their grace and power. This performance of duets, set to an original live score, includes pieces from Samyoga ("conjunction of two heavenly bodies"), Songs of Love and Longing, and the U.S. premiere of Shyamala Vandana.

Performances at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. presented in The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al‑Thani Collection, on view October 28, 2014–January 25, 2015.

Above: Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy. Photo by Karthik Venkatraman

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