Concluded Programmes - 2014

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December 29, 2014, 6.30pm

Bharatanaatyam by Gopukiran Sadasivan (Bharatakalanjali alumni) & Ashin Maria Mathew (Kalakshetra graduate) (both disciples of The Dhananjayans) presented special popular repertoires of The Dhananjayans at Tag Theatre, Ramakrishna Mission, South Burkit road, Dandapani street, T Nagar, Chennai

December 21, 2014, 4.45pm - 6pm
Bharatanaatyam performance by Ashin Maria Mathew at Kamakoti Hall, Krishnagana Sabha, T.Nagar, Chennai

December 26, 2014
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's 34th Naatyakala conference convened by Nrityachoodamani Dr. Swapanasundari - December 26th to 30th. NKC was inaugurated by Naatyaacharya V.P.Dhananjayan on Dec 26th and he delivered the keynote address.
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December 4, 2014

Dhananjayan & Bharatakalanajli group to perform on Dec 4, 2014 for the 5 day long Konark Festival at the pen air auditorium, Sun temple, Konark, Orissa. 
NRITYA TARANGINI by Bharatakalanajali will be featured on DD BHARATI CHANNEL LIVE TELECAST on 4TH DECEMBER AT 7 .PM 
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November 30, 2014, 10am to 12 noon
Bharatakalanjali organsed a music education session on 30th Nov Sunday from 10 to 12 noon. It was open to all. Apart from Bharatanaatyam and Carnatic Music students and professionals all Naatya enthusiasts benefited by this lecture demonstration. 
With regards,

    Title: "God is my customer - Demystifying The Sringara Padams of Kshetrayya" ,
    Venue:  Baratha Kalanjali, 6, Jeevaratnam Nagar, 1st street (Near Shanti colony-Lister Lab), Adayar Madras 20  ; Contact:  24911125

The talk examined what a Padam is - how it differs from a keerthanai and a Javali. It looked at some of the famous composers and focussed on the greatest of them Kshetrayya, and some famous singers (with audio clips).

 Using parallel evidence from art and sculpture, the talk explored possible reasons on why Padams became increasingly erotic in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  The lecture ended with an audio presentation of a few padams in the T Brinda, T Mukta style. The talk was specifically for those who seek to be initiated into the metaphor and music laden world of Padams and also interested to understand the socio-political milieu in which they were created.

Specific effort was invested in keeping the talk free of jargon and academic minutiae - those are best left for expert musicologists! - an exploration of this genre and composer by a devoted rasika and not a comprehensive and deeply scholarly study.

Speaker - Pradeep Chakravarthy is the author of Thanjavur - A Cultural History and other books. Pradeep is one of the cities' much sought after heritage speakers. Combining music and his experience as a management consultant, he links the past to emotions and behaviors today. He was educated in Madras, Delhi and London and has several years of experience in HR and especially Leadership development. In addition to writing books on Thanjavur, Vahanas, lesser known temples and Kodaikanal, he writes frequently and has pioneered heritage walks on temples in Madras.
Singers - Bhargavi, a disciple of Chitravina maestro N Ravikiran, is a talented and committed performer and Guru, both in vocal and Chitravina. She has been actively performing Chitravina and vocal concerts in India, USA and the Gulf countries. A recipient of the title "Satya Sunada Sundaram", she is also the architect of the acclaimed website on Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi -

Vishaal R Sapuram, a disciple of Chitravina maestro N Ravikiran is a proficient Carnatic Chitravina artiste and vocalist. He has been performing from the early age of nine and has performed in many prestigious venues in India, Malaysia, Europe, and the U.S.A. He has also been teaching music from the age of ten, and he has won accolades like Music Academy’s ‘Spirit of Youth Best Instrumental Solo’ and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha’s ‘Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award’.

November 7, 8 & 9, 2014
Dakshina festival, Washington

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November 2, 2014
NAATYANJALI TRUST honoured Dhananjayan with the annual NARTHAKA award at the 8th Nartaka Festival at Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Mylapore.

“NARTHAKA NARTHANAM” - All men dancing ensemble from 5-6pm. 

The 8th edition of Nartaka Festival
- Lalitha Venkat,, November 4, 2014

November 1, 2014, 6.30pm
Arangetram of Sushmita Raj Tilak, disciples of The Dhananjayans at Sivagami Petachi auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai.

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October 31, 2014, 6.30 pm
"JYOTHIR GAMAYA" - leading to light, Naatya presentation by The DHANANJAYANS with SIKKIL GURUCHARAN (vocal) and ANIL SRINIVASAN (piano) under the auspices of Karnatica's BHAARAT UTSAV
At Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall, Chennai. All are welcome.  

Comments & Photographs of the January 17, 2010 show

October 2 -15, 2014
Melbourne, Sydney, Australia

The Dhananjayans with His Lordship Mayor of Melbourne Geoff Ablett and some of the students of Rathika's Bharatha Kalanjali, Melbourne, after a lecture /demonstration on 5th October, 2014.

The Dhananjayans conducting work shop for the students of  Rathika's Bharatha Kalanjali, Melbourne

Dhananjayan announced the award of "Naatya Poorna" to Rathika Suresh Mahadeva for her continued service to Bharatanaatyam in Australia and continuing the Bharatakalanjali legacy.

Press release 
* First Ever Indian Arts Festival Takes off In La Réunion with Colour, Creativity and Diversity
Report - Melbourne Bharata Kalanjali calling by Mangalam Vasan,, November 12, 2014

October 20 - 26, 2014
Kalaabhaaskara Music & Dance Festival, Reunion
Oct 23, 2014 - Dipavali Festival 2014

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First Ever Indian Arts Festival Takes off In La Réunion - opening sequence &  International artistes gather on stage

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9 am
VIDYAARAMBHAM POOJA was conducted on 1st October.

September 27, 2014
 Honour and felicitation by SARADHI  Academy of Arts & Culture - Kalasaarathi award 2014 at the 14th Annual Day Celebration. 
Venue: The Museum Theatre, Egmore
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September 13, 2014
 Life Time achievement award to the Dhananjayans at Vysakhi Nrithyotsav,  the 7th All India Classical Dance Festival 2014 organised by Natraj Music & Dance Academy at Vizag.
The Dhananjayans’  BHARATAKALANJALI presented
DEEPANJALI - VANDEMAATHARAM:  Ode to the Bhaaratamaata (group)
ODE TO SRI RANGANATHA - story of Sri Raama & Sri Krishna in a nut shell. ( en palli kodeerayaa) (group)
RADHAA-MAADHAVAM (sringaara kaavya) (Ashtapadi from Geeta-govindam) Dhananjayan & Shanta
SANKARA SREE GIRI: Dance of Shiva (group)
NRITHAANGAHAARAM: A rhythmical fantasy  - woven as garland of body  movements.  (group)
Dancers:   Dhananjayan & Shanta, Uttia Barua, Shivadas, Sukanya , Neehaarika,  Brinda  & Sadhashi.
 Musicians:   Shalin  M Nair (vocal)   Rameshbabu (mridangam)  T.k. Padmanabhan ( violin)  Devarajan (flute)
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Dances for the soul

- Ranee Kumar, The Hindu, 26 Sep 2014

August 29, 2014

Bharathanaatyam performance of Mithra at Narada Gana Sabha, Mini Hall between 6 to 7.30 pm
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August 27, 2014
Lalitha Kala Vedika (BVS Mani Foundation) honored the Dhananjayans with a gold medal & citation in memory of BVSS Mani

On the first day, the Lalitha Kala Vedika Gold Medal was presented to Prof. T.N. Krishnan. However, owing to his ill-health, a representative (Mr.Muralidharan of Chennai Fine Arts) received it on his behalf. Sri. Thiruppoonthuruthy Venkatesan received the Cash Award in memory of Sri. B.V.S.S. Mani.

On the 2nd day, Sri. V.P.Dhananjayan was awarded the Lalitha Kala Vedika Gold Medal, while Smt. Ranganayaki Jayaraman received the Cash Award in memory of Smt. B. Lalitharatnam.

Sri. B.V.S.S. Mani & Smt. B. Lalitharatnam(Mrs. B.V.S.S. Mani) were great patrons of art & Founders of Lalitha Kala Vedika.

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July 15 - August 8, 2014
 Workshop / seminar / conference at Liverpool / London

July 25, 2014
 MilapFest 2014 - Life time achievement honour.
Program and felicitation at University campus, Liverpool, UK.

July 26 - August 2, 2014
Dance India 2014

Dance India is the only residential international summer school for Indian dance in the UK. As a unique dance movement, the school supports the learning, development and performance of Indian dance across the globe, with schools now taking place in both the UK and Singapore.

The UK school based in Liverpool, provides an intensive week of training where participants completely immerse themselves in the world of Indian dance. During their stay, students take part in a wide range of activities, learning experiences and training opportunities.  The focus of learning at the school is on technique.

At Dance India 2014 the focus of the teaching will be on the technical delivery of dance by giving the tutors the time to correct, refine and perfect each students technique.  This means a move away from learning and focusing on a piece of repertoire. We believe that this will enhance the experience and value of learning with such an incredible faculty of teachers.

At: Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, UK

July 2, 2014, 6.30pm
MOUNAKKURAL at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

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 June 27, 2014

 Bhrahmakumaris Goodness festival 2014 honoured and felicitated the Dhananjayans on 27th June,2014 at Besant Nagar Community Hall. The event saw more than 300 young and old artistes gathered to participate in the event along with general public.

 June 20, 2014

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Bharatanaatyam Arangetram of ANITA VENKAT at TN Rajaratnam Kalai Arangham, RA Puram, Chennai, 6.30 pm

June 6-13, 2014
APSARA - MILAP FEST(UK) 2014: workshop / seminar / discussions  for senior teachers / performances by The Dhananjayans & other stalwarts

June 10, 2014

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NRITYALOK - the second phase of the 4th NATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY DANCE FESTIVAL was held on 10th June 2014, 6.30 pm at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, I.C.C.R, Kolkata.
Bharatnatyam Recital by BHRATAKALANJALI (Chennai), Choreography and Dance Composition by GURU DHANANJAYANS.
Kalidasa's MALAVIKAGNIMITRA (Dance Drama) by NRITYALOK,Choreography and Dance composition by SUTAPA AWON PRADHAN.
This programme was organised by NRITYALOK in collaboration with THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GOVT. OF INDIA

May 1 - 7, 2014
Kuala Lumpur /Ipoh (Malaysia)
Photos - Memories of Teluk Intan, Malayasia

April 27, 2014, 7.00 - 8.30 p.m
B. VIJAYALAKSHMI (Senior alumni of Bharatakalanjali) - Bharatanaatyam  at Besant Nagar Pillayar Koil

April 19, 2014
 All students participated in an event - classes in progress  - 
At  Shastri Nagar Welfare Association Hall, 5th cross street ,Shastri nagar, Adyar.

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ICCR scholarship holder, Iliana  Letica Puig  from Mexico presented her Bharatanaatyam graduation performance .

April 7, 2014, 8am
2nd Curtain Raiser Prgm for SPIC MACAY's 2nd International Convention - Bharatanatyam by The Dhananjayans at Hari Shree Vidyalayam

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April 6, 2014, 6.30pm

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GOPUKIRAN & ASHIN MARIA MATHEW  at Kalakshetra Rukmini Arangham.  The Dhananjayans' exclusive repertoires.

Mar 16, 2014

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B SADHASHI  - Bharatanaatyam Arangetram - Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore

Mar 9, 2014
PAVITHRA SRINIVASAN - Thematic production "PURUSHARTHA" (Pursuit of the Self and freedom from all unhappiness) - SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMI SABHA at RK Swamy Hall - 6.30 pm

28-02-2014 PRIYA NAIR - Bharatanaatyam - Rajaratnam Hall, RA Puram

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27-02-2014  The Dhananjayans inaugurated the 4th Naatyaanjali festival at THIRU RAAMANAATHEESWARAR KOIL , Porur  on Korattur  road, outskirts of Chennai


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16-02-2014  Naatya Pravaaham  - Bharatanaatyam by K SARVESHAN presented by Vadhini Indian Arts Academy - Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone - 4pm

Narada Gana Sabha presented "Akka Mahadevi" by MANJULA AMARESH - Solo thematic Bharatanaatyam performance- 6.30pm

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By public request there was a repeat performance on the same evening to oblige a large crowd waiting outside.

 01-02-2014  The second coming of MounakKural after18 years can be compared with that of the replanting of a tree.
The tree remains the same, its soil similar but containing different nutrients. Its translocation being necessitated due to a requirement for more space and sunlight. Hopefully will bear fruits and flowers that will add health and freshness to the coming generations.
The NAATYA (theatrical) representation of the text in many ways retains the original choreography.  The text apart, this execution of Mounakkural is  a journey.  It is our intent to let it grow and change, move or travel, if it so wills.
Venue: Kalakshetra
Time: 6.30pm



04-01-2014  PAVITHRA SRINIVASAN - Solo - Mylapore Fine Arts - 7 pm

05-01-2014  DIVYA SHIVA - Bharatanaatyam for MUSIC ACADEMY NAATYA FESTIVAL - Morning session

05-01-2014  ASHIN MARIA MATHEW - Bharatanaatyam for KARTIK FINE ARTS at Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall - 4.30 pm

06-01-2014  DHRITI SOORYAKUMAR - Bharatanaatyam for KARTIK FINE ARTS at Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall - 4.30-5.45 pm

07-01-2014  PAVITHRA SRINIVASAN - participating in the Dance drama Shakuntalam by Ambika Teacher and troupe - MUSIC ACADEMY - 7.30 pm

08-01-2014  THE DHANANJAYANS - Bharatanatyam for TAPAS ACADEMY - Rajaratnam Hall, Adyar

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12-01-2014  Scenes from Raamanaatakam  under the auspices of GNSS (Nair Society Chennai) -  Don Bosco Mat. Hr.School auditorium, Casa major Road, Egmore, Chennai 8 - 7.00 p.m
Global Nair Seva Samajam, Tamilnadu, 10/11, 4th floor, Chataeu d, Ampa, 37, Nelson Manickam road,
Chennai-600029.  ; Ph no-044-65681187  ;  Email:

12-01-2014  PAVITHRA SRINIVASAN - opening dance at the Kalavardhini Festival - MUSIC ACADEMY

17-01-2014  PAVITHRA SRINIVASAN - Bharatanaatyam - MYLAPORE FINE ARTS CLUB - 7.00 p.m

17-01-2014 ANAND SATCHIDANAND - Bharatanaatyam for Nalanda Nrityotsava Festival - RABINDRA NATYA MANDIR, Prabhadevi, Mumbai - 7.50-8.20p.m

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29-01-2014 DAYA TOMIKO, a Japanese senior student of the Dhananjayans - Bharatanaatyam - Raga Sudha Hall, Mylapore, 7.00-8.30pm