Concluded Programmes - 2003

December 30, 2003 Chennai

Preeti Sanjay gave a Bharatanatyam recital at Krishna Gana Sabha at 8pm.

December 25, 2003 Chennai
Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan presented a Bharatanatyam duet recital Pazhamayil Pudumai (Vintage delights in Bharatanaatyam repertoire) for Narada Gana Sabha on Dec 25th.

December 24, 2003 Chennai
The Dhananjayans, Bharatakalanjali presented NANDANAR CHARITAM for Krishna Gana Sabha on Dec 24th at 7.30 p.m.

December 20, 2003 Chennai
Puneet Panda (USA) will give a Bharatanatyam recital from 5.30 to 6.45p.m. & Srilatha Vinod from 7 to 8.30 the Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil.

December 19, 2003 Chennai
Seminar on Rukminidevi at 10.00 a.m at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.

December 18, 2003 Chennai
A Vareity programme will be performed at Vellore Medical college, CMC for a special Foreign delegation of Medical Doctors.

December 17, 2003 Chennai
Shanta Dhananjayan will give a talk for Kutcheribuzz at Shankara hall, TTK Road at 5.00p.m.

December 17, 2003 Chennai
Sreelatha Vinod will present a Bharatanatyam recital for Narada Gana Sabha at 7.15. p.m.

December 16, 2003 Chennai
Saranya Ravi will perform at Janaki Ramachandran Womens college, Adyar Satya Studio campus from 5 to 6 p.m.

December 15, 2003 Chennai
Shanta Dhananjayan speaks on aesthetics of forms in Dance at Krishna Gana Sabha’s 23rd Natyakala conference.

December 14, 2003 Chennai
Narada Gana Sabha - Felicitation to C.V. Chandrasekhar at 4.00 p.m.

December 13, 2003 Chennai
The Dhananjayans will perform Nandanar Charitam for Bharat Kalachar at 7.30pm.

December 12, 2003 Chennai
Sri Krishna Gana sabha Felecitation to Narasimhacharis at 4.p.m.

December 12, 2003 Chennai
Preeti Sanjay will receive the YUVA KALA BHARATI AWARD from Bharat Kalachar at 5.00pm.

December 7, 2003 Chennai
The Dhananjayans presented a scene from RAMANATAKAM / Lec-dem for the 75th birthday celebrations of Kalanidhi Narayanan conducted by Abhinaya Sudha at Luz Church Ave Community Hall at 9.00 a.m.

December 6, 2003 Chennai
Bharatakalanjali presented G.S. Rajan’s flute concert at Hamsadwani.

December 4, 2003 Chennai
The Dhananjayans gave a Bharatanatyam recital for Kartik Fine Arts at Narada Gana Sabha auditorium.

December 1, 2003 Chennai
The Dhananjayans presided over Saptha Tandava Production of Jaya Satvika Natyalaya.

November 30, 2003 Chennai
Performance by DIVYA SIVA, a senior disciple of the Dhananjayans at Ayyappan Koil, Mahalingapuram.

November 23, 2003 Chennai
Abhai's Parampara Dhananjayan family - Satyajit, Seetha Sasidharan, Divya Siva & The Dhananjayans. ( Note Satyajit back into action). For more details contact Narasimhachari, Abhai.

November 15 & 16, 2003 Delhi
Dhananjayans performed on 15th and 16th November for SPIC-MACAY, Delhi programmes.

November 14, 2003 Delhi
Bharatanatyam presentation by the Dhananjayans in the Habitat Auditorium, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi.

October 20, 2003 Chennai
Kalamandir Trust presented Bharata Kalanjali’s THYAGARAJA VAIBHAVAM in memory of late Enfield Viswanathan who was the spearhead in producing this monumental production by the Dhananjayans.

October 14, 2003 Chennai
Naoko Mori, yet another Japanese student learning Bharatanaatyam at Bharatakalanjali, Adyar offered her dance presentation at Besant Nagar Varasiddhi Vinayakar Koil on 14th October 2003 (Tuesday) from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m.

Naoko Mori has been undergoing rigorous training under the guidance of the Dhananjayans for the last 10 months. Sunita Jagadeesan is her class teacher who has choreographed a new Varnam in the Raaga Hamsadwani (Lyrics and music composed by Jayamangala Rajalakshmi Krishnan) on Muruga.

Naoko has been a very hard working student like any other Japanese student, who is very serious of her purpose of coming to India. She misses no dance performances in the town or the performances presented by Bharatakalanjali. Or miss a class a day. This kind of dedication enhances the student’s capabilities to grasp the art quickly and to perfection.

This was not her Arangetram, but a small offering to the Pillayar.

October 5, 2003 Chennai
Bharatakalanjali celebrated the Vidyarambham pooja on 5th October 9 a.m (Sunday). New admissions for classes were registered on this day. Interested students may contact our office for details - 24911125.

October 2, 2003 Cochin, Kerala
Shanta Dhananjayan received the prestigious “Kalasreshtaa” title and honour from Kaladarpanam Art Magazine publications in Cochin on 2nd October in a special function. Hon Minister Kartikeyan gave away the awards.

September 29, 2003 Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh
Bharatakalanjali presented Nritya-Tarangini programme for the Tiruppathi Devastanam S.V. College of Music and dance, annual art festival series at Mahathi AC Auditorium, Keezh Tiruppathi 7 to 9 p.m. For details of the festival contact Smt. A.Prabhavati, Principal S.V. College - 0877 22 60280.

September 27, 2003 London, UK
The Dhananjayans presided over the arangetram of Sangeetha Balasingam, a disciple of Pushkala Gopal who is one of their senior most disciples.
For details contact: Pushkala Gopal
London: 0044+208 5544054 Cell: 7930566156

September 22, 2003 Chennai

All past and present students, their parents, connoisseurs and admirers together made a memorable event celebrating the 60th birthday of their beloved universal AKKA (Shanta Akka) on 22nd September 2003. Kalakshetra auditorium was full with a jubilant crowed pouring their affection and admiration in an unpretentious way. Akka and Anna arrived in a horse driven chariot, taking them down the memory lane of their childhood; youthful, romantic and house hold memories at the Kalakshetra campus. Akka’s best of friends like Savitri Jagannatha Rao, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Ambika Buch, Janardanan and old Besant school teachers and Kalakshetra teachers, several other senior and junior colleagues during her Kalakshetra days, were there to welcome her on to the stage. Satyajit gave a surprise gift of welcome prayer dance choreographed with the youngest of the Bharatakalanjali tribes. Devika was in full blossom of poetical accolades showering on to her mentor. Representatives from various field of art and organizations, senior and junior Bharatanatyam artists all in an informal way, greeted Shantakka with flowers, shawls, bouquets and gifts. And the most precious gift was the sudden appearance of Akka’s favourite actress Manorama.

Finally the event became a spiritually uplifting evening with Arun’s scintillating Bhajans for which every one joined to dance like in a trance.

It was indeed a memorable event and a celebration of a different kind. No VVIPs, no unwanted superfluous and hypocritical speeches, no media cameras and flashlights. Utter simplicity prevailed, yet a remarkable evening to cherish.

Photographs of the memorable event

September 21, 2003 Chennai
Kalakshetra presented the Dhananjayans and their senior Bharata Kalanjali staff artists in a program titled NRITYA GEETI MAALA on 21st September 2003 Sunday at 6.30 pm. Venue: Bharata Kalakshetra auditorium, Thiruvanmiyur. This program included NANDANAR CHARITAM, and Dhananjayan performed the role of Nandanar. The old generation of dance and music connoisseurs felt nostalgic about the songs from Gemini Films Nandanar composed by Papanasan Sivan and soulfully sung by Dandapanidesikan, Cherukulathur Shyama and others. The same songs were re-arranged and orchestrated by contemporary genius Ilayaraja for a dance sequence by V P Dhananjayan in the Tamil feature film “Kann sivandaal mann sivakkum,” an award winning movie in the eighties. This one-hour dance drama revealed Dhananjayan’s histrionic abilities.

September 14, 2003 Kozhikode, Kerala
Dhananjayan inaugurated the Annual Art festival of Nrityalaya Dance Institute founded and run by Saraswathi Vasudevan Nair (W/o MT Vasudevan Nair, the celebrated Malayalam novelist) at Kozhikkode on 14th September 2003.

September 6, 2003 Berne, Switzerland
The Dhananjayans presided over the arangetram of sisters Sindhu & Janu Rajendran on 6th Sept in Berne, Switzerland.

August 27 – September 3, 2003 Italy
The Dhananjayans were in Italy from 27th Aug to 2nd September, C/o Hamsananda, Gitananda Ashram, Localita Pellegrino 17041 Altare (SV). They conducted teaching sessions at the ashram.
For details: Ph: 019/5898907 Email: or

August 23, 2003 Ohio, USA
Arangetram of Dhriti Sooryakumar was held at Capital theatre, Riffe Center, 77, South High street, Columbus, Ohio at 6.00 p.m. Dhriti is a very studious student of Bharatanaatyam who had attended many gurukulam camps at Yogaville VA. Her yearly visits and training at Bharatakalanjali, Chennai, under Smt. Sandhya Murali, prepared her for this event on 23rd Aug.

Bharatakalanjali touring musicians: Geeta Navaneetham, Rameshbabu, Kalaiarasan and Sunilkumar accompanied her, while Shanta and Dhananjayan conducted the recital.

For more details contact at: 614 766 8095 email: ;

July 1 - August 10, 2003
Yogaville Annual Gurukulam Camp.
Email: or Ph: 434 - 969 - 3210 / 434 – 969 - 5158 for details.
The Dhananjayans performed in Yogaville on 12th July for Gurpurnima.

The two sessions in the annual Yogaville Gurukulam training camp
4th to 26th July - general camp for all.
27th July till 10th Aug - special session for seniors/ teachers & advance course / special items etc.

June 25 – June 28, 2003 USA
From 25th to 30th June, V P Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan were in Alabama for the 25th anniversary celebrations of their student Sheila Rubin’s school Natyananda. They also conducted Arangetrams of Sheila’s students.

Sheila honoured her gurus on and also gave a performance with them. For details, Ph: (205) – 879 – 4277, Email:

May 17, 2003 Mathamangam, Kannur, Kerala
Bhaarateeya Saamskaarika Kalaa Rangam (BHAASKARA) and The Heritage India, Trikkutairi, Kaithapram, Mathamangam, Kannur Dist 670306 celebrated the valedictory function of Bhaaskara annual Gurukulam camp 2003 and the presentation of the first batch of Diplomas to the students who have successfully completed the three year diploma course in Bharatanaatyam, on Saturday 17th May 2003 from 4 to 6.30 p.m. The celebrated sculptor artist M V Devan (Founder & Hon. Director Kerala Kala Graamam, New Mahe) presided over the function and gave away the diplomas. On this occasion, the BHAASKARA AWARD 2003 (Natana-Bhaaskara) was conferred on A Janardanan (Retd Principal & Professor Emirate, Kalakshetra, Chennai) and Kathakali Aasan Sadanam P V Balakrishnan (Principal, International Kathakali Centre New Delhi), two eminent and proud sons of Kerala. V P Dhananjayan, Founder and Managing Trustee of Bhaaskara felicitated these awardees.
Venue: Bhaaskara Campus auditorium, Near Kailasanatha Kshetram, Trikkutairi, Kaithapram.
The camp participants from different parts of globe presented a colourful dance programme as part of the valedictory function. 5.30 to 6.30pm - Bharatanaatyam & Kathakali performance by camp participants.

May 7- 8, 2003 Kaladi, Kerala
Kaladi Sri Sankara College of Dance & music held a three days National festival. Many stalwarts participated in the festival and seminar cum lec/dem etc.
7th May - The Dhananjayans performed.
8th May - Lecture demonstration

April 8 - 25, 2003 Chennai
Prof. P.P. Ramakrishnan (Principal, Swathi Thirunal Music Academy) camped in Bharata Kalanjali from 8th to 25th April to teach new songs to interested students.
The music classes were held from 9.30 to 12 noon and evening 4 to 6 pm. Classes were free. No prescribed fee for those interested.

April 24, 2003
The Dhananjayans’ BHARATAKALAANJALI, CHENNAI presented BHARATANAATYAM performance of VRINDA BUCHWALD from Washington on 24th April 2003, Indira Nagar Youth Hostel, Hamsadwani open air theatre, 7.00p.m

Sri.R. RAMACHANDRAN ( Secretary, Hamsadwani ) presided.
Vrinda is a very serious student of Bharatanaatyam and had her Arangetram under Meena Telikicherla (Nrityanjali, Maryland, USA) She had attended Yogaville Gurukulam under The Dhananjayans and Padma Rasaih and has also been a regular student at Bharatakalaanjali, Chennai, enhancing her practical and theoretical knowledge.

April 8 - 21, 2003 Reunion Islands
Bharatakalanjali group led by Sandhya Murali was in Reunion to conduct the programmes of Cauvery Suoperayen (student of Bharatakalanjali) programmes on 12th and 19th April.

Sandhya Murali (Nattuvangam) Jyothishmathi Sheejit ( Vocal) Jagadeesh Janardan ( Mridangam) M.S. Kannan (Violin) & Sunilkumar ( Flute).

April 7 - 14, 2003 Burma
The Dhananjayan’s Bharatakalanjali performance schedule in Burma (Myanmar)
9th April - Performance at Yangon National Theatre
10th April - Lecture Demonstration at University of Culture
11th & 12th - Mandalay National Theatre
13th - Yangon , Under the auspices of Indian Embassy

Bharatakalanjali presented a variety of classical group items and scenes from Ramayana (Ramanatakam)
Artists: The Dhananjayans (Shanta and Dhananjayan)
Other dancers: Anita Shanmuganathan, Sunita Jagadeesan, Deepthi Vishnu Bharatiyan, Krishnakshi Sarma, Pradeesh .K.T and Unnikrishnan T.B.
Musicians: N.Sasidaran (Vocal), R.Karthikeyan (Mridangam), R. Kalaiarasan (Violin)

April 4 - 13, 2003 Chennai
Rukmini Devi’s Kalakshetra Parampara and other schools paid homage to the legend commemorating her Birth Centenary Year. NAATYA – AARADHANA, Bharatanatyam festival that featured best of Bharatakalanjali of the Dhananjayans and Kalakshetra graduates took place from 4th to 13th April from 7.00 to 9.00 pm at the Sri Varasiddhi Vinayakar Koil temple auditorium, Besant Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600090

4.04.03 Friday:Smt.Sandhya Murali & Deepti Vishnubhara Theeyan (Bharatakalanjali & Bhaaskara)
5.4.03 Saturday: Smt.Sunitha Jagadessh (Kalakshetra) & Kum.Krishnakshi Sarma (Bharatakalanjali)
6.04.03 Sunday: Vrinda Buchwald & Priya Ravindran (Bharatakalanjali)
7.04.03 Monday: Lalitha Krishnmurthy & VyshnaveePrasad (Bharatakalanjali)
8.04.03 Tuesday: Smt. Sreekala Bharat (Sarasalaya) & Sheejit Krishna & Radha Bhaskar (Kalakshetra)
9.04.03 Wednesday: Nirmala Nagarajan & Jyolsana Menon (Kalakshetra)
10-04-03 Thursday: Jaswini & Sridivya (Students of Sheejit & Radha of Kalakshetra)

Smt.Karaikudi S Rajeswari (Kalakshetra) and disciples offered a musical tribute to Rukminidevi with their VEENA concerts from 4th to 7th April between 5 and 6.30 p.m

The first Rukmini Devi centenary commemorative public dance festival (out side Kalakshetra) started with Varasidhi Vinayakar Koil .

March 28, 2003 Chennai, 6.30 to 8.30 pm
Arangetram of Kum. Vaishnavi at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.

March 22, 2003 Chennai, 6.30 to 8.30 pm
Arangetram of Kum. Lalitha at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.

March 15, 2003 Singapore
Alapana Arts presented NRITYA TARANGINI (Ripples of Mime & Rhythm) choreographed and directed by the Dhananjayans. Producers & main dancers: V.P.Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan [from India]

Other dancers: Sreelatha Vinod, Lavanya Raghuraman, Lakshmi Srikanth, Deva Priya Appan, Shobhinya Karthikeyan, Rajalakshmi Raghavan & Jayapriya Ardhanari.
The musicians: Vanathi Raghuraman (Vocal), Shanta Dhananjayan & Sreelatha Vinod (Nattuvangam), K.P.Ramesh
(Mridangam), C.N.Thyagaraja (Flute) and R Banumathy (Veena).

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2003, 7:30 pm.
Venue: Khoo Auditorium, Singapore Chinese Girls' School, 190 Dunearn Road, Singapore - 309437

Tel: 63963296 Alapana representative H/P: 97968737

March 3-10, 2003 Singapore
The Dhananjayans' performed along with Singapore artists.

February 22 - March 2, 2003
The Dhananjayans - SPIC MACAY Fest 03 South India Tamizhnadu chapters.

February 17 - 20, 2003 Varanasi
The Dhananjayans - “Ganga ki Godmei” festival of dance and music organized by Swami Shantananda’s Temple of Fine Arts.

February 7 - 10, 2003 Myanmar
Bharatakalanjali troupe participated in the Indian Republic day celebrations in Rangoon (Myanmar), Burma.

January 28 - February 3, 2003 Singapore
The Dhananjayans' conducted a Bharatanatyam workshop.

January 12 - 22, 2003 Cambodia
The Dhananjayans' conducted a Lec / Dem.

January 9, 2003 Chennai
Sandhya Murali performed at Narada Gana Sabha.

January 8, 2003 Chennai
Meenakshi Ravi (Srilatha’s student) performed in Chennai.

January 6, 2003 Chennai
Sreelatha vinod performed at Bharatakalachar at 7.00 p.m.

January 3, 2003 Chennai
Priya Mohan performed at Hamsadwani at 6.00 p.m .