Programmes - 2010
26 - 31, 2010
Naatya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Nrityachoodaamani Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan
of Padmabhushan award from Rashtrapathi)
Krishna Gana Sabha's Naatya Kala Conference(NKC) is a very important event
during the Chennai Art festival season in December.
annual NKC was held between 26th and 31st (six days). Nrityachoodaamani
Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan will be the convener for the 30th & 31st NKC.(for
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.
FESTIVAL SEASON'S PROGRAMS
S.TRUPTI - Pushpanjali Cultural Trust, Chennai, Mylapore Fine Arts
Club Auditorium, Mylapore, 7.30 p.m - Invitation
PADMARANI RASIAH - Kadavallur, Kerala near Guruvayur temple
PADMARANI RASIAH - Naatya Nivedanam, Guruvayur temple, 9.30 am.
DIVYA SHIVASUNDAR & SHAFEEKUDIN - R.K. Swamy Hall, Mylapore presented
by PRAYATHNA group, 6 p.m.
DHANANJAYAN inaugurated the Naadhabrahmam Art festival - Dakshinamurthy
Auditorium, P.S.High School campus, Mylapore, 5 00 p.m
PADMARANI RASIAH - Bharat Kalachar, YGP auditorium, T.Nagar Chennai,
7.00 p.m - Invitation
GLOBAL ADJUSTMENTS - BHARATANAATYAM APPRECIATION - INTERACTIVE SESSION,
India Immersion Center, 5, 3rd Main Rd, R.A.Puram Chennai 28 Contact: 24617902,
HITEN MISTRY (London) - Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, Naadhabrahmam Sabha,
RK Mutt Rd, Mylapore, 5 to 6 p.m
MANJULA AMARESH - Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Oliver Rd, Mylapore, 7.15
p.m - Invitation
PAVITRA SRINIVASAN - “Sundarakaandam" (with Tamizh narration),
Ragasudha Hall Mylapore, near Nageswar Rao park, 6. p.m
DHANANJAYAN guest of honour - MARGAZHI MAHOTSAVAM Art Festival, Bharat
SHANTA DHANANJAYAN spoke at Naatya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana
Sabha, 5.p.m, SKGS festival inaugural function
VERUSHKA MOODLEY (South Africa) - Hamsadhwani NRI Festival, Indira
Nagar, Youth Hostel, Adyar, 6.00 p.m
S.TRUPTI - Ganamukunthapriya, R.K.Swamy Hall, Mylapore, 6.15 p.m
Bharatakalanjali presented NARTHAKA NATANAM, featuring all men
dancers in Bharatanaatyam - Bharatkalachar, Padma Seshadri School, T.P.Road,
T.Nagar, 7.30 p.m - Photos
SINDU NADESAN ( Australia) - Varasidhi Vinayakar Koil, Besant Nagar,
Adyar, 7.00 p.m - Invitation
ANITA RANJANI SETH (USA) - Hamsadhwani NRI Festival, Indira Nagar,
Youth Hostel, Adyar, 6 00 p.m
Bharatakalanjali presented NARTHAKA NATANAM, featuring all men
dancers in Bharatanaatyam - Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T.Nagar, 7.30 p.m
GOPUKIRAN - TVG's AIMA FESTIVAL, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, 6.30 p.m
HITEN MISTRI (London) - TVG's AIMA FESTIVAL, Besant Nagar PiIlayar
Koil, 5 to 6 p.m
SHEBANA DEVI MANGOLD ( Germany) - TVG'S AIMA FESTIVAL, Besant Nagar
Pillayar Koil, 6.30 p.m - Invitation
to 31st NAATYA KALA CONFERENCE, CONVENER SHANTA DHANANJAYAN,
MORNING 10 TO 12.30 DAILY - Details
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
10.30 to 12 noon at Pethachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.
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.
programme on 14th consisted of repertoire composed by Rajesh and some of
his favorite items, prepared by staff and students of Bharatakalanjali.
V.P.Dhananjayan, Suresh Sridhar, Shafeekudeen, Umesh.B, Shijit Nambiar,
Gopukiran, Uthio Barua, Anand.V
N. Sasidaran, Rameshbabu, Muthkumar, Eswar.
further details call Bharatakalanjali: 24911125 and Adyar Balu: 24465020
29, 30 & November 1, 2010
(Reunion Island) and Chennai BHARATAKALANJALI jointly produced and presented
a very unique NAATYA (Dance drama) PARINAAMAM (on Human evolution &
Cultural Ministry of the Mauritius Government presented a show in St.Louis
on 1st November 2010, on the group's way back home.
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.
27, 2010, 5pm-7pm
FOUNDATION, Senior Citizens Life Enrichment Services, THE CHENNAI CHAPTER
presented The Eighty Sixth “DIGNITY DIALOGUES”.
monthly interactive meeting based on its Magazine DIGNITY DIALOGUE ‘The
magazine for Productive Ageing' was anchored by Padma Srinath.
Speaker of the month: Naatyaachaarya V.P.Dhananjayan, for dialogue and
discussion on the subject NAATYA IS MY LIFE.
K Radhakrishnan, DIRECTOR, DIGNITY FOUNDATION, CHENNAI CHAPTER concluded
the session with key observations.
Automobile Association of Southern India, 187, Anna Salai, Chennai 600
044 - 4212 3301, Dignity Helpline 044 - 4213 3002 .
5, 2010, 6 pm
- MEGA EVENT AT MUSIC ACADEMY
DHANANJAYANS WERE HONOURED WITH THE 'PARAM AACHARYA' AWARD INSTITUTED
BY CHENNAI BASED 'CALL EASY' CONCERN, a service oriented information
- The key to success" is an annual event commemorating the TEACHERS' DAY
on 5th September.
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.
- August 2010
YOGAVILLE SUMMER GURUKULAM CAMP - JULY 3RD 2010.
CAMP JULY 3RD TO 24TH
CAMP FROM JULY 25TH TO AUGUST 3RD
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24, 2010, Chennai
13, 2010, Chennai
of Pavithra Ramesh
24 - May 5, 2010
OF LIVING WITH LIVING ART”
- SCHOOL OF BHAGAVAD GITA, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA & BHARATAKALANJALI,
conducted summer NAATYA ADHYAYANA GURUKULAM (Residential camp) from
April 25th to May 5th 2010.
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)
of Bhagavad Gita, Salagramam
Phone: 0471 + 2367299
person: Smt. Ambili Ramnath
Web site: www.sobg.org for
6, Jeevaratnam Nagar, Adyar, Chennai.600020. Ph: 044+24911125
; Brochure ; Photo
25, 2010, 6.15pm
recital by Keerthi Panicker, disciple of the Dhananjayans at Vailopilli
Samskrithi Bhavan, Nalanda Jn, Nandancodu, Thiruvananthapuram.
AND FELICITATIONS TO THE DHANANJAYANS in Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala.
(Sargamandalam) Kozhikkode offered GURUVANDANAM on 28th March 10 at Town
Hall , 5.30 p.m
and several prominent personalities joined to felicitate Shanta & Dhananjayan
for thier getting the Padmabhushan award and G.D.Birla International award
by disciple DEEPTHI RAJESH & students.
Dhananjayans presented RAADHAA-MAADHAVAM ( based on Jayadeva's Geetagovindam-
SAMUDAAYA FOUNDATION OF SMT. SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN ( Sangeeta Vidushi)
Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall 7.45 p.m.
by Smt. YGP, Dean PSBB chain of schools, & Founder Bharatkalaachar
to 16-03-10 South Africa Tour
Art Festival organised by Verushka Kamendran
Madhavi Chandran - Parthasarathi Sangeeta Sabha, Triplicane
Divya Siva - Bharatanaatyam for Pt. Ravishankar (RIMPA) Festival of Music
& Dance New Delhi - 6.p.m
Vijnarani & Pavitra Srinivasan - Bharatanaatyam for Naatyaranga Narada
Gana Sabha Chennai - 6 to 8.30 p.m
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
28 - March 2, 2010
Lalithakala Academy Foundation, Mysore and Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha,
Chennai presented 34th Natyanjali 2010, National Level Dance Drama Festival
in Memory of SMT RUKMINIDEVI.
Naradagana Sabha, TTK Road, Chennai
by Department of Kannada and Culture, Bengaluru
Zone Cultural Center, Thanjavur.
here for details
HOSTED BY ANANYA (Bhava Sankramana)
Seva Sadan, Malleswaram
Discussion: "Changing Traditions in Classical Dance Choreography in the
of unique choreographic pieces by V P Dhananjayan
Bangalore Gayana Samaj, K R Road
by V P Dhananjayan and Kiran Subramanyam
was the concept of Bhava Sankramana where the Guru talks about the Shishya
and the Shishya pays his respects to his Guru)
Presentation - RASIKAARPANA by the disciples of Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya
Rasika School of Naatya, Bangalore Kiran Sandhya, Seminar inauguration
& Lecture -demonstration - 10 am to 4 p.m
Dignity Foundation - The Dhananjayans & Family received the First Senior
citizen's Dignity award privilege. ID card presentation Hon.Min.Nepolian
Annual Festival, Raga Vaibhava Charitable Trust, Mysore - Bharatanaatyam
by The Dhananjayans
Bharatanaatyam by the Dhananjayans, College of Carnatic Music, Greenways
Road, R.A.Puram - 10.00 am
The Dhananjayans received Life time achievement Award from Women Exclusive
Magazine. Hon Minister Nepolean Presides, Residency Tower, T.Nagar - 6.30
Talk on Bhaarateeyam, Music Academy for SSSS Jain College for Women - 9.00
Bharatanaatyam by Saranya Ravi, Institute of Mathmatics, IIT campus Guindy
17, 2010, 7 pm
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.”
presented LIGHT ON THE PATH, an enthralling offering of classical music
and dance, featuring Dhananjayans (Dance), Anil Srinivasan (Piano), Sikhil
Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetput, 6pm
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!
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.”
generous ‘Donations to RASA' can be made by Cheque or Cash.
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& Photographs of the show
13, 2010, 6.30 pm
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.
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.
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.
l to r: Krishnaveni, Peria Sarada, Rukmini Devi,
Chinna Sharada at the arangetram
of the event
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