Concluded Programmes - 2008

Dhananjayans & Bharatakalanjali performances for the December Season

December 31: The Dhananjayans perform for Narada Gana Sabha, 7.30pm

December 28: The Dhananjayans perform Bhakti Maargam for Brahma Gana Sabha, Sivagami Pethachi auditorium, 7pm

December 27: The dhananjayans receive the Award of Excellence from Kartik Fine Arts, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, 9.30am

December 27: Anita Ranjini from USA - for AIMA, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, 5pm
Shoba Sarma's student and one of our student in Yogaville FAS summer camps.

December 26: Shoba Sharma - Narada Gana Sabha, 2pm
One of our senior most disciples who was in lime light in Chennai in the 70s and 80's. She is performing in Chennai after a long gap of nearly 12 years. She is a stunning Bharatanaatyam dancer, who would have ruled the stage had she been in Chennai. She is quite a celebrity in the US especially in the East coast. (NY, Phil, DC etc)

December 23: Divya Siva - Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, 7-9pm
AIMA presents Divya Siva (senior disciple of The Dhananjayans, winner of this year's YUVAKALA BHAARATI AWARD FROM BHARATA KALACHAR) (DO NOT MISS beautiful Bharatanaatyam).

December 22: V.P.Dhananjayan inaugurates TVG's AIMA, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, 6.30pm
Inaugural address on 'ART MANAGEMENT' - problems & solutions.

December 19: Gopukiran - Narada Gana Sabha, 2pm
One of the best "Nartaka" Bharatanaatyam male dancer in the city today. A totally dedicated professional artiste. He is doing the lead role in our new production 'Srikrishna Jananam' on January 7th 2009 at Music Academy.

December 19: Sringar-an ode to beauty - Savera Hotel, 10am
Audio visual presentation by Smt. Rupa Gopal with Dhananjayan's 'Kasturi Tilakam', Abhinaya prayer.

December 12: Release of Documentary film(DVD) by Radhika Shurajit, Bharat Kalachar, 8pm
Release of Documentary film (DVD) by Radhika Shurajit on THE DHANANJAYANS by Hon Home Minister P.CHIDAMBARAM.

November 26- 30, 2008
January 7, 2009
SRIKRISHNA JANANAM, a new production commemorating the 40th anniversary of Bharatakalanjali was premiered for ISKCON, Bangalore for their annual Festival from November 26th to 30th. (Scenes from Ramanatakam & Thyaagaraaja Vaibhavam also were staged in the ISKCON festival on 27th & 28th Nov).
Produced by Bharatakalanajli under partial funding from ISKCON.
Artistic direction & production co-ordination: Naatyaachaarya V.P.Dhananjayan
Choregraphy: Prof. A. Janardhanan (former Principle artiste and Principal of Kalakshetra, Chennai
Music composition: Mysore S. Rajaram (former Director, Kalakshetra, Chennai
Participants: Bharatakalanjali Artistes & Graduates from Kalakshetra, Chennai

Photo Album

September 28 - November 9, 2008
The Dhananjayans' toured USA with BHAKTI-MAARGAM

Living legends of an ancient tradition, The Dhananjayans were on their "farewell" tour of North America with one of their senior and prominent disciples, Padmarani Rasiah Cantu (Artistic Director FAS Yogaville and selected Artiste in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory).

The Dhananjayans presented BHAKTI MAARGAM (The path of devotion) in the best traditions of Bharatanaatyam. The presentation consisted of a traditional Maargam repertoire featuring the best of their fifty years of artistic excellence in choreography.
Details ; Photos

October 11, 2008, 7.30pm
Natya Kala Performing Arts presented Poetry in Motion by Verushka Pather and Manesh Maharaj, dancers trained at Bharatakalanjali, South Africa at the Playhouse Opera.

Jun 28 - Aug 3, 2008
Yogaville Fine Arts Society's (FAS) 20th year Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam Summer Camp 2008

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Jun 21, 2008 (Saturday) 6 to 8.30pm
Naatyarangam (NGS Naatya wing) presented SWAPNA SRIDHARAN, JYOTSNA & ARCHANA in a Bharatanaatyam performance.
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha mini hall.

Jun 7, 2008
Bharatakalanjali artistes presented a few folk items from the "Aikya Bharatam" repertoire at Narada Gana sabha for the celebration of 250th episode of JAYA TV's "TA-KA-DHI-MI-TA" directed by Bharatakalanjali's senior most alumni Smt. Radhika Shurjit. This was a mega event represented by all institutions and stalwarts in the field who have appeared in this very successful TV show in Jaya TV channel on every Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

May 27, 2008
Kathakali Puraskaram 08 to Kalamandalam Gopi Asaan:
Shanta & Dhananjayan with Divya shiva & Gopu Kiran (senior disciples of the Dhananjayans) gave a Bharatanaatyam performance under the auspices of Kerala Kalamandalam on the occasion of the Annual 'Kathakali Puraskaaram" given by the Government of Kerala, Dept of art & Culture. The program was attended by Hon Minister M.A.Baby, Rev Minister Rajendran, Film actor Mohanlal, Poet O.M.V Kurup, Dr. Paulose (VC Kalamandalam) and several other very prominent luminaries in the art & cultural field. The program was held in the renovated Regional theater of Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy, on 27th May 08.

February 28 - March 9, 2008
Besant Nagar Varasiddhi Vinayakar Koil Satsangam presented NAATYOTSAVAM 2008 in memory of Rukmini Devi Arundale.
Details ; Report featured in by Pratiba Raman

Feb 24, 2008
GANA MUKUNDAPRIYA TRUST, dedicated to the cause of educating public through Music and Naatya organised a series of Lecture demonstrations on the aspects of Naatya & Sangeetam. The first in the series, spread over a period of one year was inaugurated on Sunday, 24th February 08 at 10.30am to 1 noon at R.K.Swamy Hall, 5, SundareswararKoil Street, Mylapore. Naatyaachaarya Sri. V.P.Dhananjayan inaugurated the series with his keynote address on ART IN EDUCATION (Naatya-the living art-facts & fictions). All art enthusiasts, educationalists and all students benefited by this educative lecture series. The co-ordinator/convener for this educational program was smt.Divyasena Haribabu, exponent of Bharatanaatyam.
For more details contact Sri. Gopalakrishnan Ph: 24613503 Cell: 9884581501 email:

Feb 7, 2008
Aikya Bhaaratam for International Trade Conference.

Jan 29 2008, 6 pm
Bharatanaatyam performance by Arthi & Jyotsna at Thyagabhrahama Gana Sabha, Vanimahal G.N.Chetty Road, T.Nagar.

Bharatakalaanjali Season programs for Jan 2008
Jan 2, 2008: Anitha Ranjini performs at Rani Seethai Hall, Gemini Circle, Anna Salai for Kalarasana (Check timings)
Jan 4, 2008, 6 to 7 pm: Bharatakalanjali variety program at Taj Coromandal for a wedding reception.
Jan 5, 2008, 6.30pm: Saranya Ravi's Arangetram at Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall.
Jan 6, 2008, 7 to 8.30pm: Bhartanaatyam by Anitha Ranjini, a Bharatakalanjali presentation at Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil.
Jan 7, 2008, 6pm: Lavanya Raghuraman in ‘Alchemy of Opposites,’ a Bharatanaatyam exploration choreographed by the Dhananjayans, for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.
Jan 7, 2008, 6 to 7pm: Bharatanaatyam by Sangeetha Balasingam (London) at Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil.
Jan 7, 2008, 7.15 to 8.30pm: Bharatanaatyam by Venkatakrishnan at Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil.
Jan 8, 2008, 4pm: Manjula Amaresh, for Kartik Fine Arts, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Jan 9, 2008, 6.00pm: Anusha & Narendrakumar at Narada Gana Sabha Mini hall
Jan 13, 2008: Sreelatha Vinod, for Mylapore Fine Arts Club (Check timings)
Jan 19, 2008: Renuka Venu (Rincy), Bharatanaatyam performance at Thiruvananthapuram.