Concluded Programmes - 2007


Bharatakalaanjali programs for Dec 2007 and Jan 2008

Dec 12, 2007, 6pm: Bharatanaatyam by The Dhananjayans’ for inauguration of Hamsadwani
NRI Naatya & Music Festival, at Indira Nagar Youth Hostel, Adyar
Dec 14, 2007, 7.00pm: Shobana Balachander's Bharatanaatyam group production - "Ullam Perumkoil" at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
Dec17, 2007, 6pm: Radhika Santhanam’s arangetram, Kalakshetra Auditorium
Dec 21, 2007, 6.30pm: Srikrupa Raghuraman’s arangetram, Abhirami Auditorium (Chettiar Hall), Kotturpuram
Dec 23, 2007, 6pm: Bharatanaatyam by Priya Ravindran, Abhirami Hall, Kotturpuram
Dec 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)
Dec 26, 2007, 4.30pm: Bharatanaatyam by Lavanya Raghuraman for Nungambakkam Cultural Academy
Dec 27, 2007, 7.30pm: Bharatanaatyam performance by Trupthi
At Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, Aima's Music & Naatya Festival (Check timings)
Dec 28, 2007, 7pm: Bharatanaatyam performance by Puneet Panda for Aima, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil.
Dec 30, 2007, 7pm: Puneet Panda performs for Hamsadwani, Indiaranagar Youth Hostel Auditorium.

December 14, 2007
Guest of Honour at the Arangetram of Rekhanjali & Kalanjali John, Nirmal John's daughters.

November 16, 17 & 18, 2007
LAVANYA RAGHURAMAN performed at Singapore Esplanade Festival. Her Gurus The Dhananjayans were present as special invitees.

October 26 - November 11, 2007
Bharata Kalanjali Academy, 2007 International Young Performers Tour
Creative 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. This children's 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, Bharatakalanjali)
1. YATIN AGARWAL(Guru Anita Guha)
2. GAUTAM GOPALAKRISHNAN(Guru: Hariharan)
3. SACHIN DAMIANOSE (Kalari- Guru:Shaji)
4. HARIGANESH MURALIDHARAN( Guru:Shobana Balchander)
5. DASARATHI VARATHARAJAN(Guru: Sivakumar)
6. KRUPAA LAKSHMI VISWESWARA(Guru: Shobana Balchander)
7. AARABHI BADRI (Raguru:Radhika Shurjit)
8. KRITHIKA SHURAJIT(Guru: Shobana)
9. RESHMA MALLIKNATH (Bharatakalanjali)
10. SWAPNA SRIDHARAN (Bharatakalanjali)
11.PRIYANKA GANESH (Bharatakalanjali)
12. MADHAVI CHANDRAN (Guru. Girija Chandran & Dhananjayans)

Sumathi 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.

Items of performances included: folk and classical Bharatanaatyam repertoire. Two special short stories were specially choreographed to show moral values in life.

Punyakoti (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.

The 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.

Friday, November 9, 2007, 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Under 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 Siva).
SMT. MANJULA AMARESH, SRI. UMESH BHEEMANNA, SRI. UTTIYA BARUA, RINCY VENU (RENUKA)
Venue: R.K.SWAMY AUDITORIUM, MYLAPORE (opp. R.R.SABHA)
For details call 24613503 or 9884581501 or
Bharatakalanjali: 24911125.

Sunday, November 4, 2007, 6.00pm
'MANODHARMA NAATYA'
Venue: Dakshinamurthy hall, Mylapore
In connection with SRUTI magazine's annual award function SHANTA & DHANANJAYAN presented " ABHINAYA SANS ACCOMPANIMENTS"
-An 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.

This 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.

October 27, 2007, 6.30 pm
Bharatanaatyam Arangetram of PRINYANKA & AARTHI at Pettachi Auditotium, Luz church Road, Mylapore.

October 22, 2007, 6 pm
Tributes to Lalgudi Jayaraman at Music Academy, Chennai.

October 15, 2007
VanchIkkod, Dakshina ERALA
1st Oct - Taalam Festival, Trissur
2nd Oct - Soorya Festival, Trivandrum
3rd Oct - Kollam Dept of Tourism
5th Oct - Swaralaya Festival, Palakkad

Friday, September 28, 2007
USIS 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.

September 15, 2007, 6.30 pm
REGATTA CULTURAL ACADEMY, Thiruvananthapuram
Bharatanaatyam by Madhavi Chandran, Tagore Hall. Hon Min. M.A.Baby presided.

September 9, 2007, 7 pm
Naatya Nivedananam by Madhavi Chandran at Besant Nagar Pillayar koil.

Saturday, September 8, 2007, 6.30 pm
Bharatanaatyam Arangetram of Madhavi Chandran at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.
Mrs. YGP presided.

May 20 - August 8 2007
The Dhananjayans USA tour

Reception for the Dhananjayans at Natya Dhaara in Atlanta
A report by by Dharani Balakumar and Dhakshi Balakumar

Visit by the Dhananjayans to Natya Dhaara in Atlanta, GA
A report by Yami Joshi

Alaska tour - Photo album:
picasaweb.google.com/bkalanjali/VPD_CPS_Alaska_Tour

Pictures from Master and Akka's visit to San Diego
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=ickcnf6.2ivlpesm&x=0&y=i3ktf8

Pictures of the Egypt trip

Samarth's trip to USA, Canada & Germany

June 30 - August 5 2007
YOGAVILLE , VIRGINIA GURUKULAM CAMP
The 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 globe.

The 19th annual Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam camp in Yogaville Virginia was held from 30th June to 5th August.
For more detailed information, contact Mrs.Rukmini Rasiah or Padmarani @ Phone/fax: 434 969 3210 Emial: fasyogaville@hotmail.com.
Details

June 10 2007
On 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.
Report by Subhashini Vijay Santhanam
Click here for photos

June 9 2007
Arpan presented Anukathana with the Dhananjayans.
Details
Photos

May 13 2007
The Dhananjayans presided over an Arangetram in Kozhikode, Kerala.

April 22 - May 6 2007
BHARATANAATYAM SUMMER CAMP AT BHAASKARA PAYYANUR, Kerala
Bharatakalanjali 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 camps hereafter.

Details ; Photo Album

April 28 2007
NAATYA ABHISHEKAM FOR WORLD PEACE & RELIGIOUS HARMONY:
THE 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.
The young talents of Bharatakalanjali who participated: RESHMA, JYOTSNA, PREETHI DURGA, VANI, SHARANYA & MADHAVI.
Accompanying musicians: SHANTA DHANANJAYAN & M.VENKATAKRISHNAN(Nattuvangam) RAJESH,(Vocal) KARTHIK(Mrudangam) ESWAR(Violin) and Sekhar( tambura)
Specially 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 Rajagopal Sarma.
For further information contact phone: 24461024 / 24911125.

April 22 2007
The Dhananjayans performed for a fund raiser program in Payyanur.

April 14 2007
The Dhananjayans presided over an Arangetram in Thiruchirapplli (Trichy).

April 10 2007
Madras 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.

March 24 2007
The Dhananjayans presided for the Arangetram of a student of Smt. Padmini Durairajan (Bharatakalanjali alumni) at The Music Academy.

March 17 2007, 7 - 8.30 pm
THE 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.
The professionals: Manjula Amaresh, Keerthi Panicker, Krishnamoorthy.R, Devaki.K, Sulochani.K, Renuka (Rincy) Venu, Uttiya Barua, Gopukiran and Tomiko Okamoto.
Accompanying musicians: Sandhya Murali (Nattuvangam), Bhavani Kishore Kumar (Vocal), Karthikeyan.R (Mrudangam), Sunil Kumar (Flute) Vinod Kumar(Violin) and Lakshminarayan( tambura)
The items: Vandemaatharam, Enpallikondeerayya, Shivanatanam, Nruttaswaraavali, Nruttaangahaaram and few more group items.
For further information contact phone: 24461024

March 3 2007
Bharatanatyam Arangetram of Harini Ravichandran at 6.30pm at Narada Gana Sabha, T.T.K.Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.
Chief guest: Smt.Krishnakumari Narendran, Founder Director-Abhinaya Natyalaya
Guest of Honour: Sri R.Krishnaswamy, Hon' Secretary Narada Gana Sabha.

February 28 2007
Performance 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.

February 23 2007
Bharatanaatyam performance of Keerthi Panicker on 23rd Feb from 7 to 8.30 pm at Varasiddhi Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar, Adyar.
Dr. Pramila Gurumurthy (H.O.D Dept of Music, University of Madras) presided.

February 22 2007
Dhananjayan 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.

January 3, 5, 9 2007
BHARATAKALANJALI & Kalaa Bhaaskara (Reunion Island) presented HOMAGE TO A STORY TELLER ( Vartial)
Dance drama by LOGAMBAL SOUPRAYEN CAVERY and group (disciples of the Dhananjayans)

3rd Jan, 7.30 pm at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
5th Jan, 6 pm at Bharatkalachar
9th Jan, 7 pm at Narada Gana Sabha

For details contact: 24461024.

January 7 2007
The 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.