Concluded Programmes - 2010


December 26 - 31, 2010

30th Naatya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

Convener: Nrityachoodaamani Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan
(Recipient of Padmabhushan award from Rashtrapathi)

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's Naatya Kala Conference(NKC) is a very important event during the Chennai Art festival season in December.
30th annual NKC was held between 26th and 31st (six days). Nrityachoodaamani Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan will be the convener for the 30th & 31st NKC.(for two years).

This year's conference focussed on the "Abhyaasa-Sampradaaya (evolutionary developments in the last century ) culminating in today's repertoire and presentation of the five major system of traditional Naatya namely Bharatanaatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi-naatya, Odissi-naatya and Kathak-naatya. A living legendary Achaarya led each deliberation.
Details

ART FESTIVAL SEASON'S PROGRAMS
Bharatanaatyam performances
18-11-10 S.TRUPTI - Pushpanjali Cultural Trust, Chennai, Mylapore Fine Arts Club Auditorium, Mylapore, 7.30 p.m - Invitation

25-11-10 PADMARANI RASIAH - Kadavallur, Kerala near Guruvayur temple

26-11-10 PADMARANI RASIAH - Naatya Nivedanam, Guruvayur temple, 9.30 am.

27-11-10 DIVYA SHIVASUNDAR & SHAFEEKUDIN - R.K. Swamy Hall, Mylapore presented by PRAYATHNA group, 6 p.m.

02-12-10 DHANANJAYAN inaugurated the Naadhabrahmam Art festival - Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, P.S.High School campus, Mylapore, 5 00 p.m

04-12-10 PADMARANI RASIAH - Bharat Kalachar, YGP auditorium, T.Nagar Chennai, 7.00 p.m - Invitation

04-12-10 GLOBAL ADJUSTMENTS - BHARATANAATYAM APPRECIATION - INTERACTIVE SESSION, India Immersion Center, 5, 3rd Main Rd, R.A.Puram Chennai 28 Contact: 24617902, 9.30 am

05-12-10 HITEN MISTRY (London) - Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, Naadhabrahmam Sabha, RK Mutt Rd, Mylapore, 5 to 6 p.m

06-12-10 MANJULA AMARESH - Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Oliver Rd, Mylapore, 7.15 p.m - Invitation

07-12-10 PAVITRA SRINIVASAN - “Sundarakaandam" (with Tamizh narration), Ragasudha Hall Mylapore, near Nageswar Rao park, 6. p.m

10-12-10 DHANANJAYAN guest of honour - MARGAZHI MAHOTSAVAM Art Festival, Bharat Kalachar, T.Nagar

11-12-10 SHANTA DHANANJAYAN spoke at Naatya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 5.p.m, SKGS festival inaugural function

1512-10 VERUSHKA MOODLEY (South Africa) - Hamsadhwani NRI Festival, Indira Nagar, Youth Hostel, Adyar, 6.00 p.m

16-12-10 S.TRUPTI - Ganamukunthapriya, R.K.Swamy Hall, Mylapore, 6.15 p.m

18-12-10 Bharatakalanjali presented NARTHAKA NATANAM, featuring all men dancers in Bharatanaatyam - Bharatkalachar, Padma Seshadri School, T.P.Road, T.Nagar, 7.30 p.m - Photos 1 ; 2

19-12-10 SINDU NADESAN ( Australia) - Varasidhi Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar, Adyar, 7.00 p.m - Invitation

19-12-10 ANITA RANJANI SETH (USA) - Hamsadhwani NRI Festival, Indira Nagar, Youth Hostel, Adyar, 6 00 p.m

21-12-10 Bharatakalanjali presented NARTHAKA NATANAM, featuring all men dancers in Bharatanaatyam - Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T.Nagar, 7.30 p.m - Photos 1 ; 2

22-12-10 GOPUKIRAN - TVG's AIMA FESTIVAL, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, 6.30 p.m

24-12-10 HITEN MISTRI (London) - TVG's AIMA FESTIVAL, Besant Nagar PiIlayar Koil, 5 to 6 p.m

25-12-10 SHEBANA DEVI MANGOLD ( Germany) - TVG'S AIMA FESTIVAL, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, 6.30 p.m - Invitation

26th to 31st NAATYA KALA CONFERENCE, CONVENER SHANTA DHANANJAYAN, MORNING 10 TO 12.30 DAILY - Details

November 14, 2010
BHARATAKALANJALI jointly with RAJESH FINE ARTS presented a unique all men Bharatanaatyam performance: NARTHAKA -NARTHANAM in memory of one of the best Bharatanaatyam Narthakas who lost his life nine years ago. His teachers, mentors and colleagues joined in to pay a befitting NAATYA tribute to a 'Star' who shines in the heavens forever.
From 10.30 to 12 noon at Pethachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.

RAJESH BALAKRISHNAN (son of Mridanga Vidwan Adyar Balu) was a brilliant Bharatanaatyam dancer, who made a tremendous impact in a short span of his life. A totally committed dancer, a promise of the next generation carrying forward the legacy of his mentors the Dhananjayans, died in a tragic accident in Kaithapram village, in Kerala nine years ago.

The programme on 14th consisted of repertoire composed by Rajesh and some of his favorite items, prepared by staff and students of Bharatakalanjali.
Narthakas: V.P.Dhananjayan, Suresh Sridhar, Shafeekudeen, Umesh.B, Shijit Nambiar, Gopukiran, Uthio Barua, Anand.V
Musicians: N. Sasidaran, Rameshbabu, Muthkumar, Eswar.
For further details call Bharatakalanjali: 24911125 and Adyar Balu: 24465020
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October 29, 30 & November 1, 2010
KALAABHAASKARA (Reunion Island) and Chennai BHARATAKALANJALI jointly produced and presented a very unique NAATYA (Dance drama) PARINAAMAM (on Human evolution & environmental protection).
The Cultural Ministry of the Mauritius Government presented a show in St.Louis on 1st November 2010, on the group's way back home.
Details
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October 17, 2010
Bharatakalanjali presented NRITYA TARANGINI in a small village near Mangalore called Belthangadi with a group of 17 artistes from Bharatakalanjali. This was for the ASHA SALIAN PRATHISHTANA the tenth anniversary memorial day of Smt. Asha Salian, a renowned philanthropist and art lover in Karnataka. On this special occasion, The Dhananjayans were honoured with DECENNIAL AWARD (a Plaque of honour), Ponnadai in front of a large gathering of village people and prominent personalities of the area.

October 2, 2010
V.P. and Shanta Dhananjayan performed in Traditions Engaged - An International Festival of Classical Indian dance & music organized by Chitresh Das Dance Company and Chhandam School at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
Details of the festival: www.kathak.org/traditionsengaged
Preview: www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2010%2F08%2F27%
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September 27, 2010, 5pm-7pm
DIGNITY FOUNDATION, Senior Citizens Life Enrichment Services, THE CHENNAI CHAPTER presented The Eighty Sixth “DIGNITY DIALOGUES”.
The monthly interactive meeting based on its Magazine DIGNITY DIALOGUE ‘The magazine for Productive Ageing' was anchored by Padma Srinath.
Guest Speaker of the month: Naatyaachaarya V.P.Dhananjayan, for dialogue and discussion on the subject NAATYA IS MY LIFE.
Shri K Radhakrishnan, DIRECTOR, DIGNITY FOUNDATION, CHENNAI CHAPTER concluded the session with key observations.
Venue: Automobile Association of Southern India, 187, Anna Salai, Chennai 600 006.
Contact: 044 - 4212 3301, Dignity Helpline 044 - 4213 3002 .

September 5, 2010, 6 pm
GURU-SAMARPANAM - MEGA EVENT AT MUSIC ACADEMY
THE DHANANJAYANS WERE HONOURED WITH THE 'PARAM AACHARYA' AWARD INSTITUTED BY CHENNAI BASED 'CALL EASY' CONCERN, a service oriented information center.
"GURU - The key to success" is an annual event commemorating the TEACHERS' DAY on 5th September.
The grand-mega event was held at Madras Music Academy Hall on 5th September at 6.00 p.m - a public event where a galaxy of celebrities from different walks of life participated.

July - August 2010
22ND YOGAVILLE SUMMER GURUKULAM CAMP - JULY 3RD 2010.

FIRST CAMP JULY 3RD TO 24TH
AND
SECOND CAMP FROM JULY 25TH TO AUGUST 3RD
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT fasyogaville@hotmail.com or prcan2@gmail.com

July 24, 2010, Chennai
Arangetram of Roopa
Details

June 13, 2010, Chennai
Arangetram of Pavithra Ramesh
Details

April 24 - May 5, 2010
"ART OF LIVING WITH LIVING ART”
SALAGRAMAM - SCHOOL OF BHAGAVAD GITA, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA & BHARATAKALANJALI, CHENNAI
Jointly conducted summer NAATYA ADHYAYANA GURUKULAM (Residential camp) from April 25th to May 5th 2010.
At SALAGRAMAM
KUDAMONKADAVU, THIRUMALA
THIRUVANTHAPURAM, KERALA. 695006

This two weeks' intensive Naatya training Gurukulam under the direct supervision of the living Bharatanaatyam legends NAATYAACHAARYA V.P. DHANANJAYAN & SHANTA DHANANJAYAN and other senior teachers from Chennai & Kerala focussed on systematic practice of Naatya from morning till evening. The curriculum included practical, theoretical, aspects of Naatya and music, Yoga, Gita Patanam, Bhajans and interaction with great personalities in different walks of life. The camp gave students of all age groups a comprehensive idea on Bharateeya Kala and Samskaara (Indian Art, culture and spirituality) .
For more details:
School of Bhagavad Gita, Salagramam
Kundamonkadavu, Thirumala
Thiruvananthapuram.695006 Phone: 0471 + 2367299
Email: programs@sobg.org
Contact person: Smt. Ambili Ramnath
Mob: 9447168006
ambili1091@rediffmail.com
See Web site: www.sobg.org for location

Bharatakalanjali, 6, Jeevaratnam Nagar, Adyar, Chennai.600020. Ph: 044+24911125
Gopukiran: Mbl: 0+9884102731

Schedule ; Brochure ; Photo Gallery

April 25, 2010, 6.15pm

Bharatanatyam recital by Keerthi Panicker, disciple of the Dhananjayans at Vailopilli Samskrithi Bhavan, Nalanda Jn, Nandancodu, Thiruvananthapuram.

March 28, 2010
HONOUR AND FELICITATIONS TO THE DHANANJAYANS in Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala.
SAMUDRA (Sargamandalam) Kozhikkode offered GURUVANDANAM on 28th March 10 at Town Hall , 5.30 p.m
Mayor and several prominent personalities joined to felicitate Shanta & Dhananjayan for thier getting the Padmabhushan award and G.D.Birla International award 2010.
Bharatanaatyam by disciple DEEPTHI RAJESH & students.
Photos

March 25, 2010
The Dhananjayans presented RAADHAA-MAADHAVAM ( based on Jayadeva's Geetagovindam- Ashta padi)
for SAMUDAAYA FOUNDATION OF SMT. SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN ( Sangeeta Vidushi)
at Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall 7.45 p.m.
Comments by Smt. YGP, Dean PSBB chain of schools, & Founder Bharatkalaachar

06-03-2010 to 16-03-10 South Africa Tour

'Saadhana' Art Festival organised by Verushka Kamendran
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25-02-2010 Madhavi Chandran - Parthasarathi Sangeeta Sabha, Triplicane

26-02-2010 Divya Siva - Bharatanaatyam for Pt. Ravishankar (RIMPA) Festival of Music & Dance New Delhi - 6.p.m

27-02-2010 Vijnarani & Pavitra Srinivasan - Bharatanaatyam for Naatyaranga Narada Gana Sabha Chennai - 6 to 8.30 p.m

28-02-2010 The Dhananjayans - BHAKTI PRAVAAHAM (Nandanar charitam) for Lalitha Kala Academy, Mysore. Celebrating Rukminidevi day in Chennai at Narada Gana Sabha TTK Rd. - 6 to 8 p.m

February 28 - March 2, 2010
Sri Lalithakala Academy Foundation, Mysore and Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Chennai presented 34th Natyanjali 2010, National Level Dance Drama Festival in Memory of SMT RUKMINIDEVI.
Venue: Naradagana Sabha, TTK Road, Chennai
Sponsored by Department of Kannada and Culture, Bengaluru
South Zone Cultural Center, Thanjavur.
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February 13, 2010
EVENT HOSTED BY ANANYA (Bhava Sankramana)

Morning session
Venue: Seva Sadan, Malleswaram
Time: 9.30 am

Programme
Panel Discussion: "Changing Traditions in Classical Dance Choreography in the present times"
Demonstration of unique choreographic pieces by V P Dhananjayan

Evening Session
Venue: Bangalore Gayana Samaj, K R Road
Time: 6.30 pm

Programme
Talk by V P Dhananjayan and Kiran Subramanyam
(This was the concept of Bhava Sankramana where the Guru talks about the Shishya and the Shishya pays his respects to his Guru)
Dance Presentation - RASIKAARPANA by the disciples of Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran
Photos ; Report

13-02-2010 Rasika School of Naatya, Bangalore Kiran Sandhya, Seminar inauguration & Lecture -demonstration - 10 am to 4 p.m

12-02-2010 Dignity Foundation - The Dhananjayans & Family received the First Senior citizen's Dignity award privilege. ID card presentation Hon.Min.Nepolian presided

07-02-2010 Annual Festival, Raga Vaibhava Charitable Trust, Mysore - Bharatanaatyam by The Dhananjayans

20-01-2010 Bharatanaatyam by the Dhananjayans, College of Carnatic Music, Greenways Road, R.A.Puram - 10.00 am

21-01-2010 The Dhananjayans received Life time achievement Award from Women Exclusive Magazine. Hon Minister Nepolean Presides, Residency Tower, T.Nagar - 6.30 p.m

22-01-2010 Talk on Bhaarateeyam, Music Academy for SSSS Jain College for Women - 9.00 am.

22-01-2010 Bharatanaatyam by Saranya Ravi, Institute of Mathmatics, IIT campus Guindy 6.30 p.m

January 17, 2010, 7 pm

Enveloped in darkness as you are . . . will you not look for a lamp? - Buddha
“. . . for within you is the light of the world - the only light that can be shed upon the path.”
Rasa presented LIGHT ON THE PATH, an enthralling offering of classical music and dance, featuring Dhananjayans (Dance), Anil Srinivasan (Piano), Sikhil Gurucharan (Vocal).
At: Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetput, 6pm
An evening of visually sublime Music and Dance; an exotic blend of chaste tradition and refreshing entertainment. There are moments in life when we have an opportunity to transcend the ordinary and experience the sublime; and learn from it the lesson of harmony;- - - this was one of them!
Fostering RASA'S Theatre for Holistic Development. These renowned performers in unison, decided to espouse the cause of children with special needs and bring them into the public consciousness by dedicating their newest work, ‘Light on the Path' to the healing power of theatre art. They chose to support RASA in recognition of their exemplary, selfless, 21 years of service in the field of theatre arts and education of special children; reinforcing the view that …. “people of all abilities can share art.”
Your generous ‘Donations to RASA' can be made by Cheque or Cash.
Contact Nivedita 9840349343 Anupama 9884116361.
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Comments & Photographs of the show

January 13, 2010, 6.30 pm
Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation commemorated the 50th year Bharatanaatyam Arangetram of the late legend Krishanveni Lakshman & the living legend Shanta Dhananjayan at an exclusive “Visesha Arangam” of the 47th Kala Poshakam.



Remembering and paying humble tributes to KRISHNAVENI LAKSHMAN on the historic day. An exclusive Naatya Nivedanam was offered by "Padmabushan" Shanta Dhananjayan and lineage of Krishnaveni Lakshman - Gayatri & Balagurunathan (daughter & disciple), at Sri Rathnagirishwarar temple, Besant Nagar, on Wednesday, 13th January, 2010, at 6.30 p.m.

From l to r: Krishnaveni, Peria Sarada, Rukmini Devi,
Shanta, Chinna Sharada at the arangetram

Krishnaveni and Shanta
Krishnaveni Lakshman and Shanta Dhananjayan did their Arangetram together at Kalakshetra, on 13th January, 1960, in the presence of the great musicologist Prof. Sambamurthy & great Legend Rukminidevi Arundale. On the fortieth anniversary day both of them performed together in front of thousands of their admirers and connoisseurs at Varasiddhi Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar.
Photographs of the event
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