Concluded Programmes - 2013

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December 15, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Naadhabrahmam in association with Bharatakalanjali - 12th year Art Festival - 12 Dec 2013 to 1 Jan 2014


Dec 2013

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03-12-2013 ASHIN MARIA MATHEW  - Bharatanaatyam for Dasyam Festival - R.K.Swamy hall, Mylapore - 6.30 p.m 

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DIVYA SHIVA - Bharatanaatyam for BHAARAT KALAACHAR - T.Nagar, Chennai

12-12-2013  Speech made during the inauguration of Naadhabrahmam Art festival on 12 Dec 2013 - On sponsorships & Corporate Houses

13-12-2013  Felicitation address at Srikrishna Gana sabha

14-12-2013 UMESH BHIMANNA - Ganamukundapriya - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,  Mylapore - 10.00 am

16-12-2013 LECTURE DEMONSTRATION by THE DHANANJAYANS for SINGAPORE APSARA-SRUTI MAGAZINE. Morning Session - Tatwaloka, Eldams Road, Chennai


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21-12-2013 Anita Ratnam's seminar on PURUSH for KARTIK FINE ARTS. Morning session - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore

21-12-2013 SARVESHAN & APARNA SEETHARAMAN for NAADHABRAHMAM ART FESTIVAL - Rukminidevi Arundal Hall , West Mambalam - 5.30 to 8 p.m

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21-12-2013 SHAFEEKUDEEN & SHABANA SHAFEEKUDEEN - Alwas Education Foundation, Moodbidri, Mangalore

22-12-2013 ANAND SATCHIDANAND - Bharatanaatyam for SRI KRISHNA GANA SABHA - T.Nagar

22-12-2013 TRUPTHI PANIKKOR - Bharatanaatyam for NAADHABRAHMAM ART FESTIVAL - Rukminidevi Hall, West Mambalam

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24-12-2013 GAYATHRI SESHADRI - Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil - 6.30 to 8 p.m

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25-12-2013 AIKYA BHAARATAM for NAARADA GANA SABHA - Special Christmas show


27-12-2013 ASHIN AND GOPUKIRAN - Bharatanaatyam for NAADHABRAHMAM ART FESTIVAL - Rukminidevi Hall, West Mambalam

29-12-2013 MADHAVI REDDY - Bharatanaatyam & DR. ANURADHA MURALI / APARNA SEETHARAMAN, GOPUKIRAN (group) for NAADHABRAHMAM ART FESTIVAL - Rukminidevi Hall, West Mambalam

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31-12-2013 CAVERY SOUPRAYEN - Bharatanaatyam for NAADHABRAHMAM ART FESTIVAL - Rukminidevi Hall, West Mambalam

31-12-2013 PAVITHRA SRINIVASAN - Traditional Repertoire concluded with Prahlad Charitham - BHARAT KALACHAR - 7 pm  ( Music Composed and Choreographed by Sri V.P Dhananjayan) for New Year's Eve.

December 15, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Naadhabrahmam in association with Bharatakalanjali - 12th year Art Festival - 12 Dec 2013 to 1 Jan 2014

Nov 23, 2013

November 17, 2013

RAAMANAATAKAM for Swami Dayananda Saraswathi's AARSHA VIDYA GURUKULAM at Kikani Auditorium, Coimbatore

October 20, 2013
Vidyaarambham pooja (Aayudha pooja)

October 20, 2013
Shanta Dhananjayan & other Kalakshetra alumni shared their experience with Rukmini Devi - Lec/dem at Naatyaranga, Narada Gana Sabha

October 5, 2013
The Dhananjayans presided over a cultural festival at Kozhikkode, Kerala.

October 4, 2013
The Dhananjayans along with their disciples presented Bhaava-Tarangam on 4th october for the 6th Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2013 (Sept 20-Oct 6, 2013).
At: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru
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September 27, 2013
Swathi bi-centenary at Adyar Padmanabhasway Koil.
Bhaavayami Raghuraamam led by Gopukiran and other artistes of Bharatakalanjali.

September 20-28, 2013
DAKSHINA Dance Company’s 10th anniversary festival, Washington (USA)
Bharatanaatyam by The Dhananjayans. Babu Parameswaran & party accompanied.
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A response from Vinatha Kumar

September 14-15, 2013
Festival of arts and award function at Haridas Sammelan Brindavan (Agra). The Dhananjayans & Tulsi Badrinath performed.

September 1, 2013
Arangetram at Regatta Academy, Thiruvananthapuram

August 26/27, 2013
Chennai Book launch of Tulsi Badrinath's new book on guru Dhananjayan, "Master of Arts - A life in dance" at Savera Hotel.
Book release of 'Master of Arts: A life in dance'
- Lalitha Venkat,, August 30, 2013

August 24, 2013
Bharatanaatyam by Anand Satchidanan for Naatyaranga.

August 22, 2013
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shobana Bala’s Tarangini at the Music Academy.

August 18, 2013
Aeka Academy, Institution of Fine Arts presented the Bharatanaatyam Arangetram of Anjali Raghavan, TVG’s grand daughter and disciple of Aparna Raghavan and Anitha Vallabh. Dr.Anita Vallabh conducted.
She performed her grandfather TV Gopalakrishnan’s compositions specially created for her.
Venue: TN Rajaratnam Pillai Muthamizh Peravai Hall, RA Puram (opp MGR Janaki College)
Guest of honor: Arvind Singh Mewar (Maharana of Udaipur)
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US tour 2013

6 July 2013 - 5 August 2013
Yogaville Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam camp, Virginia. USA.

July 20, 2013
Guru Poornima Celebrations
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July 21, 2013
Silver Jubilee Celebrations

August 15, 2013
The Dhananjayans returned from US tour.

August 3, 2013
The Fine Arts Society of Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram presented a unique natya production AIKYABHAARATAM by senior dancers and alumni of the Natya Adhyayana Gurukulam.
Concept and choreography by The Dhananjayans
Directed by The Dhananjayans and Padmarani Rasiah Cantu of FAS
Venue: Hungary Creek Middle School, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, VA

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July 21, 2013
The Fine Arts Society of Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville, Virginia, celebrated the silver jubilee celebration of the Natya Adhyayana Gurukulam.

The morning started with Homam at Kailash, followed by a seminar, discussions and video presentations of old alumni. An excellent free feast was provided to nearly 500 people who came from far & wide. Ambassador Ms. Nirupama Rao was represented by her Consular Ms.Sukriti Likhi who said it is her fortune that the Embassy chose her to be there for this enlightening function in the evening. After lighting the traditional lamp with Panchavaadyam ensemble followed by Naadaswaram, Ms. Sukriti adorned the stage and felicitated Rukmini Rasiah, The Dhananjayans & Padmarani, the pillars of the Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam of Fine Arts Society. The teachers who have been sending their students to the Gurukulam were honoured for their services to promotion of Indian Art & culture in the US. The staff members who have been giving voluntary services and helping the FAS to conduct these most successful summer camps, were also recognized and awarded mementos.
The Dhananjayans were presented with a plaque of honor for "LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT " by The Fine Arts Society .

After a meticulously organized function - the participants of the first batch of the silver jubilee year presented a short version of the AIKYABHAARATAM production consisting of classical & folk dances of Bhaaratam, much to the appreciation of the excited and enthusiastic audience gathered from different parts of the country. A global community was represented with several Ashramites attending the function.
Concept and choreography by The Dhananjayans
Directed by The Dhananjayans and Padmarani Rasiah Cantu of FAS
Venue: Ananda Kala Mandir, Yogaville, 4.30pm

- 10am: Festivities and entertainment, African Dance and Storytelling, Drumming, Juggling and more & Interactive Bharatanatyam seminar for senior dancers / teachers
- 12:45pm: Festive lunch at Sivananda Hall, Compliments of The Fine Arts Society
- 4.30pm: Evening Program
Lighting of Inaugural Lamp by Ms.Sukriti Likhi
Arati to Sri Gurudev
Welcome Address
Inaugural Address by Ms.Sukriti Likhi
Honoring of teachers and staff who have helped 25 years of successful Gurukulam
‘AIKYABHAARATAM' Performance by the Gurukulam students
Vote of thanks & Universal prayer
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June 30, 2013
The Dhananjayans conducted the program Yugmanrityam, a Bharatanaatyam feature by Krishnakumar and Sivakami, Greensville (senior alumni of Bharatakalanjali).

June 26, 2013
Senior disciple of The Dhananjayans, Subathra Sudarshan organized and conducted Padha Pooja at her Natya Studio on June 26th 2013 at Johns Creek, GA, USA

May 31 - June 2, 2013
Nrityayatri presented workshop by the Dhananjayans on May31 & June 1, 2013 at Abhinav Primary School from 10am-1pm or 5pm-8pm followed by a performance of Nritya-Tarangini by Dhananjayans & troupe at Tilak Smarak Mandir, Pune on June 2, 2013, 10am-1pm.
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May 19, 2013
Bharatanaatyam by the Dhananjayans at the 8 day workshop (May 19 - 26, 2013, 10.30am-1pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm) conducted by International Centre for Performing Arts, Bangalore.
Venue: 117, Duo Marvel layout, Kempegowda Convention Hall, Ananthapura, on Doddabelaapur Road, Yelahanka, Bangalore.
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May 11, 2013
Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai celebrated the Sabha's 15,000th program on their prestigious stage, in the presence of State Governors and several VVIPS of the country.

The Dhananjayans presented BHARATAKALANJALI's 'AIKYA -BHAARATAM' (classical & folk dances of Bhaaratam), National integration program conceptualized and choreographed by the Dhananjayans in the year 1968 and performed more than 1000 times all over Bhaaratam and abroad since. Revived for this special occasion of SHANMUKHANANDA SABHA.
At: Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Matunga, Mumbai.
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May 10, 2013
10th anniversary Naatya festival - JYOTHIRGAMAYA FESTIVAL in Aluwe, Kerala organised by Naatyakalari founded by Smt. Parvathi Raghuraan.
Morning: lecture/demonstration cum Abhyasa Kalari
Evening: Bharatanaatyam by the Dhananjayans & Bharatakalanjali senior artistes.
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April 28, 2013

Utsav Music in association with Sri Krishna Gana Sabha organized Dance Day Celebrations - conferring "Utsav Nrithya Ratna" title to The Dhananjayans.
Special guest: The Hindu N Ram
At: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Main Hall, T Nagar, Chennai
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April 24, 2013, 7.00 pm
Tulsi Badrinath's new book on guru Dhananjayan, "Master of Arts - A life in dance". The book was released by Chief Guest Shri Muthusamy Varadarajan (Former secretary, Culture, Govt. of India) and the first copy was received by Pt.Birju Maharaj (Kathak maestro).
The book reveals the difficulties faced by a male dancer in establishing himself. While telling the most romantic love story of how Dhananjayan met his wife Shanta, it considers whether his success depended on his being one half of a dancing couple. Tracing the central story of Dhananjayan as a brilliant performer and guru, his collaboration with Pandit Ravi Shankar, his meeting the Beatles George Harrison among other eminent people, it also narrates the stories of many other male dancers.

Followed by group performances by The Dhananjayans' , Tulsi Badrinath & Bharatakalanjali at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
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April 23, 2013, 6.30 to 8.00pm
ICCR presented the Dhananjayans' Bharatakalanjali.
Scences from RAAMANAATAKAM (Arunaachalakaviraayar's 300th birth anniversary) at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.
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April 18, 2013, 6.30 to 8.00pm
Bharatanaatyam by Baishakhi at R.K.Swamy Hall, Mylapore
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April 6, 2013, 6.30pm
Bharathaanunada presented "Akka Mahadevi" (A veerashaiva saint poetess who dedicated herself to Lord Shiva) by Manjula Amaresh, disciple of the Dhananjayans & Kalanithi Narayanan.
Concept, compilation & choreography: Manjula Amaresh
Music composed by Vidwan Balasubramanya Sharma
Chief Guests: The Dhananjayans & Shri KR Ramakrishna K.A.S (Commissioner, Kannada & Culture, Govt. of Karnataka)
At: Shivarathreeshwara Centre, JSS Institution Campus, Jayanagar, 8th Block, Bangalore-70
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March 14, 2013
Felicitations to the Dhananjayans at Chakrapaani Kshetra Committee, Trikkarippur, Kerala.

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March 10, 2013, 6.01 p.m

The Dhananjayans inaugurated the Naadabrahmam Sangeetotsvam, Srirangam, Trichy

March 9, 2013, 6.30 to 8 p.m
Bharatanaatyam by Pavithra Srinivasan - senior artiste at Parthasarathi Sabha Naatya Festival, R.K.Swamy Hall, Mylapore.

March 2 & 3, 2013, 11:00 a.m - 7:30p.m
Bharatakalanjali presented HEADS & TALES, an exhibition of Collages of V. V. Ramani. Inauguration on 1st March 2013 @ 6p.m by Alexander Zachariah (Founder - Rubecon Advertising). Hosts of Honour: V.P. Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan
Venue: No.6 Jeevarathnam Nagar, 1st Street, Adyar, Chennai - 600020 (Near Shanthi Colony & Lister Labs)
Exhibition on view on 2nd & 3rd march 2013 between 11:00 a.m - 7:30p.m

March 2, 2013, 6.30 to 8 .00 p.m
Remembering Manna Srinivasan (homage to Manna) - Bharatanaatyam by Aparna Seetharaman at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T.Nagar

February 18, 2013, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m
Bharatanaatyam duo - Shebana Mangold (German) & Uttio Barua at Bharateeya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore


February 10, 2013
National integrity through performing arts. Inaugurated "Kerala Kharana", a cultural organisation at Kozhikkode (Kerala).

February 9, 2013, 6 to 8.30 pm
The Dhananjayans chief guests for Dr. V. Raghavan center for performing arts - Remembering T.Balasaraswathi at German Hall.
Bharatanaatyam by senior artistes.

February 6, 2013, 7.00 pm
Bharatanaatyam by Anand Satchidanand at Sriram Kalyanamandapam, Nungambakkam

January 20, 2013
Presided over Arangetram of Dharani, Shyamala’s student , Cochin

January 13, 2013
Divya Sivasundar for Kanaka Sudhakar’s Naatya school, Delhi

The Dhananjayans’ other engagements: Dec 2012

13-01-13 "GURU SAMMAN" honnour from KANAKA SUDHAKAR's "SUNAINA", Indra Dhanush Festival of Arts, Delhi
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12-01-13 Inaugurated Art Exhibition . 10 00 am (Bhavani)

11-01-13 Lecture /demonstration at IIT Guindy Saarang, 4.00p.m

06-01-13 Received award at Karur Naatyaanjali festival

Inauguration of Karur Naatyanjali by THE DHANANJAYANS. Dhananjayans were awarded the title ' 'MUTHIRAI PATHITHA VITHAGAR".
Guru Indira Rajan (guest of honour) and Suryanarayamurthy (participant) in epoch making event.

December Art Festival Schedule

07-01-13 Pavithra Srinivasan at Music Academy, 11.15 a.m

07-01-13 Sandhya Eashwar at Music cademy, 10.00 am

01-01-13 Sarveshan at Krishna Gana Sabha, 5.00 p.m