Programmes - 2007
programs for Dec 2007 and Jan 2008
12, 2007, 6pm: Bharatanaatyam by The Dhananjayans’ for inauguration
Naatya & Music Festival, at Indira Nagar Youth Hostel, Adyar
14, 2007, 7.00pm: Shobana Balachander's Bharatanaatyam group
production - "Ullam Perumkoil" at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
2007, 6pm: Radhika Santhanam’s arangetram, Kalakshetra Auditorium
21, 2007, 6.30pm: Srikrupa Raghuraman’s arangetram, Abhirami Auditorium
(Chettiar Hall), Kotturpuram
23, 2007, 6pm: Bharatanaatyam by Priya Ravindran, Abhirami Hall, Kotturpuram
24, 2007, 9.30 am to 6.00pm: Ranga Mandira Trust organises -
Seminar on "Changing face of Bharatanaatyam" in memory of late Sri T.S.Parthasarathi
(TSP Mama). Dhananjayan presides & Shanta lights the lamp at the inaugural
function at BHARATIYAR ILLAM, NO.83 T.P.KOIL STREET, TRIPLICANE, CHENNAI,
600005 (lunch and refreshments provided)
26, 2007, 4.30pm: Bharatanaatyam by Lavanya Raghuraman for Nungambakkam
27, 2007, 7.30pm: Bharatanaatyam performance by Trupthi
Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, Aima's Music & Naatya Festival (Check
28, 2007, 7pm: Bharatanaatyam performance by Puneet Panda for Aima,
Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil.
30, 2007, 7pm: Puneet Panda performs for Hamsadwani, Indiaranagar Youth
of Honour at the Arangetram of Rekhanjali & Kalanjali John, Nirmal
16, 17 & 18, 2007
RAGHURAMAN performed at Singapore Esplanade Festival. Her Gurus The Dhananjayans
were present as special invitees.
26 - November 11, 2007
Kalanjali Academy, 2007 International Young Performers Tour
Connections presented twelve talented 12 to18 year-old Indian dancers from
the Dhananjayans’ Bharata Kalanjali Academy to the Tri-State area this
autumn. With their colorful costumes and jewelry, beautiful music, and
vibrant dancing, the troupe transported audiences to their homeland of
India, a land rich in culture and traditions.
cultural & Educational delegation was led by Smt.Sumathi Sriram ( The
senior most disciple of the Dhananjayans, Bharatakalanjali alumni /teacher
) Smt. Divya Sivasundar ( Senior disciple of The Dhananjayans and teacher,
YATIN AGARWAL(Guru Anita Guha)
GAUTAM GOPALAKRISHNAN(Guru: Hariharan)
SACHIN DAMIANOSE (Kalari- Guru:Shaji)
HARIGANESH MURALIDHARAN( Guru:Shobana Balchander)
DASARATHI VARATHARAJAN(Guru: Sivakumar)
KRUPAA LAKSHMI VISWESWARA(Guru: Shobana Balchander)
AARABHI BADRI (Raguru:Radhika Shurjit)
KRITHIKA SHURAJIT(Guru: Shobana)
RESHMA MALLIKNATH (Bharatakalanjali)
SWAPNA SRIDHARAN (Bharatakalanjali)
MADHAVI CHANDRAN (Guru. Girija Chandran & Dhananjayans)
Sriram & Divya Siva (Guru: The Dhananjayans) performed, gave lecture/demonstrations.
They visited and interacted with school children of the Tri-State of New
York, New Jersey and Connecticut, USA.
of performances included: folk and classical Bharatanaatyam repertoire.
Two special short stories were specially choreographed to show moral values
(Animal stories-cow & linoness) Mohini Bhasmaasura (Mythology), Folk
dances like Bhangada, Santhali, Raasa and Kurathikummy, representing north
to south and east to west of India.
Bharata Kalanjali dancers presented three public performances (including
one in collaboration with Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk),
as well as fourteen performances and sixteen workshops scheduled for grade
schools in the tri-state area. An estimated 7,000 youngsters participated
in these interactive programs.
November 9, 2007, 7.30 to 8.30 pm
the auspices of GANA MUKUNDAPRIYA, an organization dedicated to promoting
Sangeetam (Geetam, Vaadyam & naatyam) four of Bharatakalanjali's senior
students presented a Bharatanaatyam feature on SIVA KUTUMBAM (family of
MANJULA AMARESH, SRI. UMESH BHEEMANNA, SRI. UTTIYA BARUA, RINCY VENU (RENUKA)
R.K.SWAMY AUDITORIUM, MYLAPORE (opp. R.R.SABHA)
details call 24613503 or 9884581501 or
November 4, 2007, 6.00pm
Dakshinamurthy hall, Mylapore
connection with SRUTI magazine's annual award function SHANTA & DHANANJAYAN
presented " ABHINAYA SANS ACCOMPANIMENTS"
experimental presentation with just vocal support only. Sruti had chosen
two concert-singing stalwarts to sing for this special session of Abhinaya
pieces. The senior musician and specialist in Padam singing Smt. M.S.RAMA
RAVI sang for Shanta and Sri. T.V. RAAMPRASAD (a brilliant concert singer)
sang for Dhananjayan.
unique presentation was held on 4TH NOVEMBER (SUNDAY) at 6.00 pm in the
DHAKSHINAAMURTHY auditorium behind the P.S Higher Secondary School, R.K.,
Mutt Road, Mylapore. For more details contact Sruti Magazine: 2812 8075.
27, 2007, 6.30 pm
Arangetram of PRINYANKA & AARTHI at Pettachi Auditotium, Luz church
22, 2007, 6 pm
to Lalgudi Jayaraman at Music Academy, Chennai.
Oct - Taalam Festival, Trissur
Oct - Soorya Festival, Trivandrum
Oct - Kollam Dept of Tourism
Oct - Swaralaya Festival, Palakkad
September 28, 2007
hosted a reception and demonstration by the children's delegation going
to USA for Creative Connections, International Young performers tour 2007
organised by Bharatakalanjali. US Consul General Presided.
15, 2007, 6.30 pm
CULTURAL ACADEMY, Thiruvananthapuram
by Madhavi Chandran, Tagore Hall. Hon Min. M.A.Baby presided.
9, 2007, 7 pm
Nivedananam by Madhavi Chandran at Besant Nagar Pillayar koil.
September 8, 2007, 6.30 pm
Arangetram of Madhavi Chandran at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.
30 - August 5 2007
, VIRGINIA GURUKULAM CAMP
Dhananjayans have been conducting Gurukulam, an intensive Naatya training
camp at Yogaville since 1988. This has been a trend setting annual cultural
event in the US since then attracting several students from all over the
19th annual Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam camp in Yogaville Virginia was held
from 30th June to 5th August.
more detailed information, contact Mrs.Rukmini Rasiah or Padmarani @ Phone/fax:
434 969 3210 Emial: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 10th, 2007 Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan were in Seattle. They
visited the students of Bharatnatyam in 'From Within' school and shared
their thoughts and experience on a number of topics of interest to the
assembled students and their parents.
by Subhashini Vijay Santhanam
here for photos
presented Anukathana with the Dhananjayans.
Dhananjayans presided over an Arangetram in Kozhikode, Kerala.
22 - May 6 2007
SUMMER CAMP AT BHAASKARA PAYYANUR, Kerala
jointly with Bhaaskara Art & Education Trust had conducted a Bharatanaatyam
training camp at Bhaaskara campus in Payyanur Kerala. After 3 years, The
Dhananjayans have revived the summer camp with great success. Nearly 45
students attended this two weeks camp. This residential program at the
heavenly hill of Trikutteri is an experienced to be cherished. Yielding
to the request of the enthusiastic crowd present at the final day performance,
Dhananjayan announced to consider their request to continue to hold periodical
; Photo Album
ABHISHEKAM FOR WORLD PEACE & RELIGIOUS HARMONY:
DHANANJAYANS' BHARATAKALANJALI presented a Bharatanaatyam presentation
titled NAATYA ABHISHEKAM on 28th April (Saturday) 7-8.30 p.m. at Varasiddhi
Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar. A few of the senior students of Bharatakalanjali
performed Bharatanaatyam group items choreographed by the Dhananjayans.
young talents of Bharatakalanjali who participated: RESHMA, JYOTSNA, PREETHI
DURGA, VANI, SHARANYA & MADHAVI.
musicians: SHANTA DHANANJAYAN & M.VENKATAKRISHNAN(Nattuvangam) RAJESH,(Vocal)
KARTHIK(Mrudangam) ESWAR(Violin) and Sekhar( tambura)
choreographed refreshing repertoire of the Dhananjayans were presented
which included Naatyaanjali, Ramayana Sabdam, Nrutyopahaaram on Kartikeya
(by Jayamangala Rajalakshmi), "aadidum arasei" a rare composition on Nataraja
by Prof. S. Ramanathan, Chaliye kunjaname (a Hindi composition of Swathi
Tirunaal), and the celebrated Nruttta-angahaara composition of late Turaiyur
further information contact phone: 24461024 / 24911125.
Dhananjayans performed for a fund raiser program in Payyanur.
Dhananjayans presided over an Arangetram in Thiruchirapplli (Trichy).
University, Dept of Malayalam hosted their annual KPAC golden Jubilee endowment
lecture cum demonstration on Tuesday the 10th April, 11 am at the Platinum
Jubilee auditorium Marina Campus. Bharatanaatyam Artiste and Guru Sri.
V.P.Dhananjayan delivered this year's (2006-07) lecture demonstration on
the subject of "Naatyarasa and essence of aesthetics" in performing arts.
Dhananjayans presided for the Arangetram of a student of Smt. Padmini Durairajan
(Bharatakalanjali alumni) at The Music Academy.
17 2007, 7 - 8.30 pm
DHANANJAYANS' BHARATAKALANJALI presented a Bharatanaatyam presentation
titled NAATYA NIVEDANAM on 17th March (Saturday), 7-8.30 pm at Varasiddhi
Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar. A few of the senior artistes of Bharatakalanjali
lead by Smt. SANDHYA MURALI performed Bharatanaatyam group items choreographed
by the Dhananjayans.
professionals: Manjula Amaresh, Keerthi Panicker, Krishnamoorthy.R, Devaki.K,
Sulochani.K, Renuka (Rincy) Venu, Uttiya Barua, Gopukiran and Tomiko Okamoto.
musicians: Sandhya Murali (Nattuvangam), Bhavani Kishore Kumar (Vocal),
Karthikeyan.R (Mrudangam), Sunil Kumar (Flute) Vinod Kumar(Violin) and
items: Vandemaatharam, Enpallikondeerayya, Shivanatanam, Nruttaswaraavali,
Nruttaangahaaram and few more group items.
further information contact phone: 24461024
Arangetram of Harini Ravichandran at 6.30pm at Narada Gana Sabha, T.T.K.Road,
guest: Smt.Krishnakumari Narendran, Founder Director-Abhinaya Natyalaya
of Honour: Sri R.Krishnaswamy, Hon' Secretary Narada Gana Sabha.
by the Dhananjayans at the Siddhendra Yogi Naatya festival in Kuchipudi
village, Andhrapradesh under the auspices of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam's
Kuchipudi Arts Acadcemy. Divya Siva and Gopukiran, senior disciples of
the Dhananjayans also took part in the performance.
performance of Keerthi Panicker on 23rd Feb from 7 to 8.30 pm at Varasiddhi
Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar, Adyar.
Pramila Gurumurthy (H.O.D Dept of Music, University of Madras) presided.
gave a lecture demonstration on Indian Art & Culture for the benefit
of the members of the Rotary Club of North Madras. He informed the Rotarians
the huge economic contribution our classical performing arts are making
to the nation. He also impressed upon them – who are from the commercial
and industrial section of the creamy layer of the society – the importance
of supporting the cause of classical arts which preserve our ancient culture.
3, 5, 9 2007
& Kalaa Bhaaskara (Reunion Island) presented HOMAGE TO A STORY TELLER
drama by LOGAMBAL SOUPRAYEN CAVERY and group (disciples of the Dhananjayans)
Jan, 7.30 pm at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Jan, 6 pm at Bharatkalachar
Jan, 7 pm at Narada Gana Sabha
details contact: 24461024.
Dhananjayans performed in the special "Veterans' festival series of the
Madas Music Academy on 7th (Sunday) January 2007 at 10 am. They presented
"padaavali" based on Jayadeva's Gitagovindam.