Concluded Programmes - 2011

Seasons' schedule 2011
- Dec 8, 2011: Pavithra Srinivasan, Ramayana Sundarakaanda, MFAC hall, Mylapore, 7.30pm
- Dec 9, 2011: Mudhra award of excellence, Infosys Hall, T Nagar, 5pm
- Dec 11 , 2011 : POORNA TRAYEE, Krishna Gana Sabha, 7.30pm
- Dec 14 , 2011 : Vel’s University conferring Doctorate on Dhananjayan, 1pm. Dr. Abdudl Kalam is Chief Guest.
- Dec 17 , 2011 : Sindhu Nadesan, Krishnanjali, Pillayarkoil, Besant Nagar, 6pm
- Dec 20 , 2011 : Ananda Satchidanand, Hamsadwani, 6.30pm
- Dec 21 , 2011 : POORNA TRAYEE , Madhra Festival, Infoys hall, T Nagar, 6.30pm
- Dec 25 , 2011 : Dhriti Sooryakumar, AIMA, Pillayarkoil, Besant Nagar, 6pm
- Dec 26 - 31 , 2011 : NAATYA KALA CONFERENCE, every day from 9am to 1pm
- Dec 26 , 2011 : POORNA TRAYEE , Bharat Kalachar, 7.30pm
December 26 - 31, 2011
31st Natya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

December 9 & 21, 2011
The Dhananjayans were presented The Mudhra Award of Excellence (instituted in memory of the late Gnanamba and P. Obul Reddy) on Dec 9, 2011 during the inauguration of Mudhra’s 16th Fine Arts Festival.
The Dhananjayans' Bharatakalanjali repertory presented " POORNA TRAYEE " a thematic group presentation on 21st December for Mudhra at Infosys Hall, Ramakrishna Mission school theatre, T.Nagar where Mudhra Annual Art festival was held.

November 20, 2011, 6.30-8pm
Natya Yoga: the pra-yoga of Bharatha Natyam - Lec-Dem by Aparna Ramaswamy for Natyarangam at Narada Gana Sabha (mini hall), Chennai
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November 19, 2011, 7.30pm
Anand Satchidanandan's performance at The Music Academy Spirit of Youth Festival.
At: Music Academy (Mini Hall)
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November 13-14, 2011

THE DHANANJAYANS' BHARATAKALANJALI, Chennai presented two of their famous productions SRI THYAAGARAAJA VAIBHAVAM & POORNA -THRAYEE (in 3 segments- consisting of Mythology (Dasavataaram) - History (Ashoka Sangamitra) - contemporary (Nritta-tarangini-ripples in rhythm) on 13th Sunday & 14th Monday, November, 2011at Shanmughananda Sangeeta Sabha, Matunga, Mumbai.
October 23, 2011, 3 - 6 pm
As a continuation of the dialogue between The Dhananjayans & C.P.Satyajit as part of Svanubhavam - organized by the performing Arts team under the leadership of Vidwan T.M Krishna,a similar session was held on 23rd Oct Sunday between 3 & 6 p.m at the Bharatakalanjali premises. This was initiated by Deepa Chakravarthi (A performing artiste and SPIC-MACAY member/ organiser).
Photos of event at Kalakshetra

October 15, 2011
Natyarangam (dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai) will be presenting Bharatanaatyam performance of  Keerthi Panikkar Bellal & Uttia Barua, both alumni of The Dhananjayans' Bharatakalanjali between 6pm and 8pm at Narada Gana Sabha.
Keerthi will present 'Shaktiprabhaavam,' a thematic Nrityopahaaram (to go with the Navarathri season) and Uthio Barua ‘Sri krishnacharitam,’ as main items. The speciality of this program will be that Prasanna Bellal (Uduppi), an accomplished mandolin concert artist and disciple of Mandolin Srinivas, will be accompanying the Bharatanatyam orchestra, probably for the first time in Chennai (an experimental venture). All are welcome.
- Keerthi Panikkar Bellal is alumni of Bharatakalanjali, Adyar and MA, Phd. in Carnatic Music and Naatya from University of Madras. A professional performing artiste since many years now.
- Uttia Barua, also an alumni of Bharatakalanjali, Chennai holds a distinction M.A (Naatya) degree from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkotta.  A professional artiste with experience of performing, teaching and choreographing.
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October 12, 2011 
Svanubhava, lecture demonstration by  the Dhananjayans followed by  "the state of Bharatanaatyam today ",  an interactive session with the Dhananjayans and in conversation with their son C.P.Satyajit,  on 12th  October at Kalakshetra, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 41 
Time: between 1.30 p.m & 3.00 
All are welcome
Organised by the students of performing arts
For further information http://svanubhava.blogspot.com or email: svanubhava@gmail.com

September 24-25 ; October 7-9, 2011 ; March 2012
A BHARATAKALANJALI ALUMNI PRESENTATION - Directed and choreographed by Verushka Pather
The Dance Ballet Krsna Leela, part of Natya Ananda’s out reach programs is scheduled for
- Port Elizabeth, Opera House for the 24th & 25th September 2011
- Durban at Sibaya Izulu Theatre the 7th , 8th  & 9th October.
- The second stage is planned for March 2012 for Johannesburg and Zambia and then Mauritius and India.
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September 10 - 12, 2011 
6th Guru Shishya Parampara Festival presented by Mayadhar Raut School of Oddissi Dance in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations
At: Azad Bhawan, (ICCR), New Delhi 
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September 9 - 11, 2011 
Platinum Jubilee celebration of Kadri Nrithya Vidya Nilaya Charitable Trust, Mangalore (School of Bharatantayam and Carnatic Music) at Town Hall, Mangalore.  Inauguration by Sri.Dananjayan. 
Nritya Tarangini - Sri Rama Pattabhisheka Bhangam by VP Dhananjayan, Shanta Dhananjayan & Bharatakalanjali troupe. 
 

August 31, 2011, 7.30pm 
Sri Abiramy Nattiyalaya presented NAATYAARPANAM by Sangeetha Balasingam at Markham Theatre for the performing arts.
Chief guests: The Dhananjayans 
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August 24, 2011, 2pm & 4pm
Sattriya dance performance by Menaka PP Bora at "The Ediburgh Festival - fringe 2011" 
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August 21, 2011, 4.15pm 
The Dhananjayans performed "Nritya Tharangini" with the Bharatakalanjali troupe at the "Sampradaya Siromani" award function. 
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Jul 2 - Aug 2, 2011 
23rd year Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam , FAS Yogaville virginia, USA 
(Yogaville camp 2011) A HOME AWAY FROM HOME 
The 23rd annual Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam camp conducted by The Dhananjayans in Yogaville, Virginia USA was held between July 2nd to 23rd (1st camp) and July 24th to 2nd August ( 2nd camp). 
One of its kind in the world. Unique learning experience directly from the legendary dancing couple of India - The Dhananjayans assisted by Padmarani Rasiah Cantu. Training courses included Naatya, (practical & theory) Nattuvangam, Sangeetam, Bhajan, Yoga, cultural discourses, lectures on philosophy and integrated art education. 

YOGAVILLE GURUKULAM  SENIOR CAMP  JULY 24th TO AUGUST 2nd  
Contact Padma Rasiah Cantu  immediately  email : prcan2@gmail.com For more details contact: 
FAS: 434 969 3210 ; email: fasyogaville@hotmail.com 
Padma Rasiah Cantu: 804 262 6281 ; email: prcan2@gmail.com.

 

July 23, 2011, 6.45pm 
Performance by Manjula Amaresh  to raise funds for Thakkar Bapagrama Service Foundation at J.S.S.Auditorium, Jayanagar, Bengaluru. 
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July 1, 2011, 9:30 to 10:30pm 
Kerala Hindus of North America presented Naatyaacharya VP Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan (recepients of Padmabhushan).  Performance followed by  a short talk on Natya-The Essence of Hyndava  Dharma 
Babu Parameswaran - Vocal & Nattuvangam ; Jayasankar Menon - Mridangam ; SunilBhasker - Violin ; Kadappa Raghavendran - Flute 
At: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202 
For Information call: Aparna Ramaswamy - 240-506-2793/M.G.Menon-240-938-1272 /Prem Nair-571-275-2198 
 

June 27 - July 1, 2011, from 11am 
The Dhananjayans' (Brand Ambassadors, Dignity Foundation) selection of gorgeous vintage films of yester years screened at the  
Second Dignity Film Festival held from June 27 to July 1, 2011 at the South Indian Film Chamber 
605, T. R. Sundaram Avenue, Thousand Lights, Anna Salai. 
Monday June 27th - Kasethaan Kadavuleda (Tamil)  
Tuesday June 28th - Iru Kodugal (Tamil) 
Wednesday June 29th - Sangam (Hindi) 
Thursday June 30th - Paarthal Pasi Theerum (Tamil) 
Friday July 1st - Ninaithathai Mudippavan (Tamil) 
Chennai Chapter, New No-10, Old No-27, 45th Street, 9th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai - 83 
Ph: 24717232, 24715586. E-mail: dignityfoundation.chennai@gmail.com Helpline: 044-42133002. 
 

June 25, 2011, 4pm 
Aparna Seetharaman performed Bharatanatyam in the presence of The Dhananjayans at Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303. 
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May 22, 2011 
The Dhananjayans presided over Janvi Gajendra's Arangetram (Venugopal Rao's student from Rish valley School) held in Coimbatore.
 

May 7, 2011, 6.30pm  
Bharatanaatyam performance by Monisha Chakravarthy presented by The Dhananjayans, Bharatakalanjali & Naada Inbam, Mylapore, Chennai. 
Venue: Raagasudha Hall (near Nageswara Park), Luz Avenue, Mylapore, Chennai. 
Monisha was trained in Bharatanaatyam under  Monica Cooley (a disciple of The Narasimhaacharis) for 12 years in the USA and attended Yogaville Gurukulam camp under the Dhananjayans. She completed her arangetram in 2007 and is pursuing her research and advance training in Bharatakalaanjali, Chennai. Credit for this performance goes to Smt. Divya Sivasundar who meticulously trained Monisha  under the supervision of the Dhananjayans. 
 

May 18, 2011 
Koodalmanikkam SRI BHARATA KSHETRAM, annual festival BHAKTI-MANJARI, devotional programs at Irinjalakkuda, Trissur, Kerala. 
Brochure
 

Apr 23, 2011 
NRITHYASRI Eranakulam celebrated Guru Kalakshetra Vilasini's 60th Arangetram day in Kottayam. The Dhananjayans were honored and felicitated. Conducted workshops on 24-04-2011.  Bharatakalanjali repertoire and talk about Kalakshetra style of Bharatanaatyam.
 

Apr 21, 2011 
NRITYA TARANGINI classical variety at Ramanathan Chettiar Hall from 7 to 8 pm.
 

Apr 17, 2011 
Bharatakalanjali students annual class work presentation from 9am to 12 noon.  The Dhananjayans presided over Arangetram of Moneshaa, a student of Shiva Kavithalaya Academy of Smt. Anuradha.
 

Apr 14, 2011 
BHAKTI - MANJARI  - New production for Tirupathi Venkateswara temple, Brahmotsavam.
 

Apr 7, 2011 
The Dhannajayans inaugurated PAYYANNUR Bharatakalanjali 15th anniversary.
 

Mar 27, 2011 
 
 
A NEW AUDIO CD WAS RELEASED BY BHARATAKALANJALI IN COLLABORATION WITH SWATHI SOLUTIONS 
P.UNNIKRISHNAN & V.P.DHANANJAYAN !!! A RARE COMBINATION !!! A COLLECTORS CHOICE !!! YOU WILL REMEMBER FOR LIFE UNNIKRISHNAN'S CONCERT WITH SRIRAMKUMAR (violin), K.V.PRASAD (Mridangam) & KARTHIK (ghatam) followed by audio CD release by: Sangeeta Vidwan (Dr) T.V.GOPALAKRISHAN - Smt. NANDINI RAMANI (Bharatanaatyam Exponent , Critic and writer) received the first copy and felicitated the artistes. 
Songs from the CD -Bharatanaatyam by Yuvakalabhaarati Smt. DIVYA SHIVASUNDAR ( senior disciple of the Dhananjayans) 
Venue: Raaga Sudha Hall, Near Nageswara Rao Park, Luz church Rd, Mylapore from 10.30am to 12 noon 
A report
 

Mar 21, 2011 
LIGHT ON THE PATH - a performance on March 21st at Ootty, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Iqbal Mohammd's Photographic Institution "LIGHT & LIFE ACADEMY"  
 
Concept & direction C.P.Satyajit.  
Musicians: Sikkhil GURUCHARAN (vocal) ANIL SRINIVASAN (Piano) & PURUSHOTTAMAN ( Ganjira)  
Performers: THE DHANANJAYANS & Bharatakalanjali artistes - Deepti Rajesh, Shebana Mangold, Yasoda.K.P,  Sandhya, Ottio Barua, Venkatakrishnan, Anand Satchidanand & Suresh Sreedhar.  

AN EXPERIENCE TO BE CHERISHED:  
Great art through the ages has always enjoyed three characteristics. One, it is truly timeless and makes as much sense now as it did a hundred years ago. Two, it transcends barriers of language, demography or musical style. Hence, a padam from Tanjore or a piano sonata from Europe share equal room in our hearts. Last, the lives of the craftsmen - composers, painters, sculptors, scholars and their ilk are uniformly inspirational. Rising above human suffering and tests of endurance, these individuals have shown that true devotion to one's passion and craft can sustain the one ideal that all humankind strives for - the notion of immortality.  

In "Light on the Path", - a tribute to these master magicians across times. From Kalidasa, who overcame penury and ignorance to become one of the most celebrated poets of all time, we move on to Annamacharya, Thyagaraja and Gopalakrishna Bharati, all of whom lived very humbly but in utmost devotion to their art. We also present a work by Beethoven, whose greatest compositions belie his deafness.  

In presenting these works, we hope to reaffirm the notion that great art comes from a single-minded focus on our chosen path of personal expression. More importantly, it calls for an equally important and allied art of being able to rise above the limitations of being human. 
Comments & Photographs of the January 17, 2010 show 

 

Mar 19 & 20, 2011 
 
NAATYA RANGA (Naatya wing of Narada Gana Sabha) presented Bharatanaatyam by PAVITRA SRINIVASAN & UMESH BHEEMANNA, senior disciples of THE DHANANJAYANS on 19th March -Saturday at 6.00 pm 
On 20th Sunday at 6 pm, a lecture-demonstration by SHOBANA BHALCHANDER. 
At: Narada Gana Sabha Mini hall.
 

Mar 19, 2011, 6.45pm 
 
Naatya Nivedhanam, a Bharatanaatyam performance by Manjula Amaresh at A.D.A.Rangamandira, J.C.Rd, Bangalore (opp Ravindra Kalakshetra). 
Nattuvangam: Shanta Dhananjayan, Chennai 
Vocal: Arun Gopinath, Chennai 
Mridangam: Ramesh Babu, Chennai 
Violin: Eshwar Ramakrishnan, Chennai 
Flute: Narasimhamurthy, Bangalore 
Emcee: Aparna Vastaray 
Contact: jhenkara@yahoo.com
 

Mar 14, 2011 
 
Bharatanaatyam by ANAND SATCHIDANANDAN (a senior disicple of The Dhananjayans) at Thiruvanmiyur Marundeeswarar KoilL as part of the temple festival at 5:30pm. 
 

Feb 26, 2011 
 
V.P. DHANANJAYAN RELEASED THE BOOK - an English version of Bhanudatta's Rasamanjari, with transliteration, translation and commentary by Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao. The book deals with Nayika - Nayaka Classification. An e book CD 'Can We Tackle' dealing with learner's problems from the teacher's perspective by Dr. Jaya Venugopal was also released at TAG Center. 
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Feb 22, 2011 
Bharatakalanjali presented The Dhananjayans, Bharatanaatyam at Trissur (Kerala), Vadakunnatha Kshetram Annual festival, accompanied by Divya Siva, Gopukiran and Shafeekudeen from 7 to 9 p.m.
 

FREE SPOKEN SAMSKRITAM CLASSES: 
Feb 11 - 20, 2011, 11am to 1pm 
SAMSKRITA BHARATI conducted Samskritam classes in Bharatakalanjali premises from February 11th to 20th at 11a.m to 1p.m (10 )days.
 

Feb 19, 2011 
"Neythal- the Continental Shelf" - a thematic Bharatanatyam solo performance by Lavanya Raghuraman (disciple of the Dhananjayans) at Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore on 19Feb, 2011 - Photos 
- Review in narthaki.com 
Solo act has audience hooked 
- Ramapriya, 26 Feb 2011 
http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev11/rev996.html 

- A response from an audience

 

Feb 19, 2011 
BHARATAKALANJALI presented NAATYA NIVEDANAM by senior students: Uttiya Barua, Manjula Amaresh, Pavitra Srinivasan, Sindu Nadesan (Australia), Shebana Devi (Germany) at Besant Nagar Pillayar koil at 7.00 p.m.
 

Feb 14, 2011 
S.TRUPTI - Sri Parthasarathi Swami Sabha, Triplicane at 7.30 p.m
 

Feb 9, 2011 
"NAATYA DIVINE", a lecture - cum demonstration by THE DHANANJAYANS of Bharatakalanjali, on the aspect of divinity in Naatya was organised by Adyar Theosophical society on Wednesday 9th Feb 2011 from 7 to 8 pm at Blavatsky Bungalow, near the big banyan tree. 
For further information contact G.Sundari 24914044, TS campus.
 

Jan 22, 2011 
LIGHT ON THE PATH 
The Dhananjayans with Sikkil Gurucharan (Carnatic vocal) and Anil Srinivasan (Piano) - a unique experience - blend of sublime music & moods. For SEITAR INDIA Art in Education Conference. 
Venue: Taj Connemara Rain Tree venue. 
Concept & lighting: C.P.Satyajit 
Comments & Photographs of the Jan 2010 show
 

January 19, 2011 
PARINAAMAM (on Human evolution & environmental protection), a very unique NAATYA (Dance drama) jointly produced by KALAABHAASKARA (Reunion Island) and Chennai BHARATAKALANJALI was presented on Jan 19, 2011 at Madras Music Academy, TTK Rd, Alwarpet from 7 to 8.30 p.m. 
Details 
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ART FESTIVAL SEASON'S PROGRAMS 
Bharatanaatyam performances 
02-01-11 SANDHYA AND SAVITA - AIMA FEST, Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil, Adyar, 6 to 7.30 p.m 

05-01-11 LAVANYA RAGHURAM - Karthik Fine Arts at Narada Gana Sabha Hall, 6 p.m 

06-01-11 LAVANYA RAGHURAM - Bhrahma Gana Sabha, Pethachi Auditorium, 6 p.m 

07-01-11 THE DHANANJAYANS - “Kharaharapriya” thematic presentation, MADRAS MUSIC ACADEMY NATYOTSAVAM series, 10 a.m to 12 noon. 

08-01-11 SHOBA SHARMA - Music Academy Naatyotsavam, 6 p.m 

15-01-11 S.TRUPTI - Mylapore Fine Arts Club auditorium, Mylapore 

16-01-11 S.TRUPTI - Bharatam Festival, Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, G.N.Chetty Rd, T.Nagar, 4 p.m 

23-01-11 JYOTSNA & ARCHANA - Youth festival, Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, G.N.Chetty Rd, T.Nagar, 6 p.m 

28-01-11 NAATYA NIVEDANAM BY SOMITA BASAK (London), Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil at 7.p.m (A student of Kiran Ratna, Wales UK, continues her advance study under the Dhananjayans at Bharatakalanjali, Chennai)