Concluded Programmes - 2016

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SANCHARI by Master & Satyajit : Dec 5 - 10, 2016, 10am - 12pm
theermaana by Pushkala Akka : Dec 12-16, 2016, 10am-12pm


December 25, 2016

Trinity Arts Festival of India presented the Award for Lifetime Achievement to VP Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan on Sunday, the 25th December 2016, 6.01pm.
At: Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts & Science, 4, Crescent Avenue Road, (off 4th. Main Road), Gandhi Nagar, Chennai-600020

December 8, 2016

Naatyaacharya Dhananjayan  inaugurating and participating in the Kochi International Book exhibition & Literary Forum  in Ernakulam on 8th December 2017.  Dhananjayan along with other dignitaries.

December 20, 2016
"Importance of Mridangam for Bharatanaatyam" - seminar inauguration, Sevasadan, Bengaluru, 6.00pm

November 30, 2016
Jyothissadanam - Remembering Jyothisha Chakravarthi, V.P.Kunhikanna Poduval.  Dhananjayan Presided for the memorial day.

November 14, 2016
Bharatakalanjali & Rajesh Fine Arts with Naada Inbam (Raagasudha) present Bharatanatyam by Sivadas Rajan (disciple of the Dhananjayans) under the commemorative scholarship scheme of Shiva-Saroja Sangeetha Natya Scholarship Award (USA) and Remembering Late Rajesh Balakrishnan
At: Ragasudha Hall (near Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore), 6.30pm. All are welcome.
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Late Mridangam maestro Adyar Balu's son RAJESH BALAKRISHNAN was one of the best Bharatanaatyam  dancers coming up well in the field, but the cruel hands of destiny snatched him away in 2001 in a tragic accident. A versatile all rounder under the tutelage  of The Dhananjayans at Bharatakalanjali Rajesh is fondly rememberED by Chennai art connoisseurs for his immense potential as an ace performer, teacher and choreographer. His birth anniversary is being celebrated on November 14th every year and this year too Rajesh Fine Arts jointly with his alma mater Bharatakalanjali is presenting an up coming male Bharatanaatyam artiste  SIVADAS RAJAN dedicated to the memory of Rajesh Balakrishnan at Raagasudha hall Mylapore under the auspicious of Naada Inbam.

SIVADAS RAJAN: Hails from Trippunithura(Kerala) born in an economically backward community. Noticing his innate talent and interest in performing arts and graphic arts he was referred to Bharatakalanjali by a connoisseur of Arts in his village. Five years ago he joined Bharatakalanjali on a full scholarship scheme and now accomplished himself as a good teacher cum performer. He has already performed several solo performances in Chennai and his native State Kerala and regularly performs with his Naatyaachaaryas The Dhananjayans. Recently in a Bharatakalanjali production "kaadal Valli Kanda Murugan" presented in Kalakshetra Rukmini Arangam under the auspices of Periyasami Thooran Tamizh Music Trust , Sivadas stole the show as Murugan disguised as a hunter(Vedan).  Born in a poor goldsmith family he is born with a dexterous hand of designing great filigree works, and is an expert in drawing "kolam" (the ritualistic & auspicious  designs villagers draw in front of their house every morning).  He is also blessed with  a talent of writing devotional songs in Tamizh even though his mother tongue is Malayalam. He now serves his Alma mater as one of the faculty members and staff performer.

The program on November 14th at Raaga Sudha hall will feature one of  his compositions on Madurai Meenakshi Devi  set in Raagamaalika.
Sivadas Rajan's  performance is sponsored under the Shiva - Saroja Sangeeta Naatya scholarship of Mrudani School of Performing Arts,  SC, USA.  

November 13, 2016
The Dhananjayans were Chief guests for disciple MANJULA AMARESH'S new production Panchatantra at Bengaluru, 6.00pm

November 5, 2016
Dhananjayan inaugurated Vazhuvoor School of Naatyam's 3rd anniversary function

November 4, 2016
The Dhananjayans presided over Madhav Hayagriva's Bharatanaatyam Arangetram, Pethachi Auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai, 6.30pm

October 22, 2016
Nihaarika's Bharatanaatya Arangetram at Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Koil, , Chennai, 6.30pm

October 16, 2016

Bharatanaatyam by Sangeeta Balasingam at Music Academy Mini Hall, Chennai, 6.30pm

October 15, 2016
Bharatanaatyam by Sarveshan under the auspices of Naatya Rangam at Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, TTK Rd, Chennai

October 13, 2016
Bharatanatyam by Sandhya Easwar at Kalakshetra, Chennai, 6.30pm

October 11, 2016
Annual Vijayadasami Vidyaarambham pooja was held at Bharatakalanjali on October 11th at 4.35 p.m. Several new students were initiated into Bharatanaatyam and music classes.  A few pictures taken on the day with old and new students.
In the pictures - The Dhananjayans performing the pooja and Satyajit briefing the children about the classes.

September 30, 2016
The Dhananjayans  participated in the NIT "SUMMIT OF WOMEN LEADERS" Conference in Mangaluru, NIT, Suratkal, Karnataka, 9 to 9.00pm - discussions & seminars.

September 26, 2016
Kaadhal Valli kanda Murugan (Sri Valli / Valli Thirumanam) at Kalakshetra auditorium, 7pm.
Bharatakalanjali is reviving this dance drama after 42  years in connection with Periyasami Thooran's 108th  birth anniversary.  The revival work is directed by Satyajit Dhananjayan and Anusha Natarajan with a new set of senior students.

Refreshing revival
- V.V.Ramani, The Hindu, 14 Oct 2016

Kaadhal Valli Kanda Murugan (Review)
- V Ravikumar,, 6 Oct 2016

Bharatakalankali pay rich tributes through "Kaadal Valli kanda Murugan"
- Aroct Road Talk, Oct 2016

About the production :  Details  ;  Photos

August 12, 2016

The Dhananjayans' 50th wedding anniversary at Guruvayur Srikrishna Kshetram, Kerala.

Release of  the book NRITTA YAATRA (Dhananjayande kalayum jeevitavum), Malayalam translation of Tulsi Badrinath's  "Master of Arts (English).
Sri. M.A.Baby (CPM Polit Bureau Member , former Education Minister, Kerala Govt  released the Book and Sri.K.Jayakumar (IAS) Vice Chancellor of Malayalam University received the first copy.  Both of them gave excellent account & review of the Book and praised the service of The Dhananjayans in the field of performing arts.  Sri. A.Prabhakaran who did the Malayalam translation  and Tulsi Badrinath who wrote the original "Maser of arts" (English) are in the picture.

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July 31, 2016, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Bharatanatyam Arangetram of Archana Sharma at TN Rajarathinam Pillai auditorium, Chennai
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July 17, 2016

Arangetram of Anjali Gowri Talluru student of Lavanya Raghuraman (student of The Dhananjayans),  in Pennsylvania.
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July 6, 2016

NRITTA TARANGINI - Dr. Balamuralikrishna's 86 th birth day celebration at Kamarajar Arangam, Teynampet, 6.30pm

June 5, 2016
Chief guest at Trikkaripur Chakrapanai Kshetram Kumbhabhishekam & Cultural festival

May 28, 2016

Bharatanatyam performance by Sinni Krishnamayuri at Sri Varasiddhi Vinayakar temple, Besant Nagar, 7-8.30pm
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May 22, 2016 
Thiruppukazh Ulaga saadanai - 3000 Bhaatanaatyam artistes at Kancheepuram Tejas Institute of Fine Arts.
Inauguration by The Dhananjayans at 5.00pm.  Largest live performance.

May 20, 2016
Chief guests at the inauguration of Melattur Bhaagavatamela at Melattur. Dhananjayan released the book "Prahalada Charitamu".
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Melattur wears festive colours
- Jagyaseni Chatterjee, The Hindu, 26 May 2016

May 7-12, 2016
Abhai's  Abhivriddhi saala at NGS

May 11, 2016
The Dhananjayans  presided over the Arangetram of  Divya Bharati (Deepika), sishya of Kirushanti Nagarajan at Bhavan, Mylapore .

May 1, 2016
ABHAI (Association of Bharatanaatyam Artisrtes of India) conferred the prestigious award and title 'NAATYA-KALAANIDHI"  on  the Dhananjayans on 1st May 2016 at 6.00 p.m at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. Chief guest on this occasion was former Governor of Bengal Shri. M.K. Narayanan.

(The pictures provided by Chella Vaidyanathan gives a section of the audience on 1st May at SKGS & a group photo of the awardees with the Abhai working team)

The same day (1st May) at 7.00 pm they were honoured at the Kapaaleeswarar Koil Vasanth Utsav organized by Saraswathi Education Cultural & Charitable Trust. Former Governor of Bengal  Shri. Gopalakrishna Gandhi was the Chief guest and he conferred the award and honour to The Dhananjayans.

April 12-24, 2016
The Dhananjayans were in Greece
22nd at Athens - reception and honour at Leda Shantala's school

April 9, 2016
Film Division Documentary featuring The Dhananjayans  at Kalakshetra, 6.00pm 

March 19, 2016
The Dhananjayans were the chief guests for the Laasyotsava festival in Chennai at Rani Seethai Hall

March 14 & 15, 2016
Interview with The Dhananjayans on DD Malayalam channel  (kerala  CHAYAKOOT) on 14th & 15th March (Monday & Tuesday) at 5.00 pm. 
Repeat on 16th & 17th (Wednesday / Thursday) at 10 am.

March 2, 2016

Bharatakalanjali in collaboration with Mrudani School of Performing Arts presented the Shiva-Saroja Sangeetha Natya Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Concert by SUJITH S. NAIK (recipient of best concert award 2015 from the Madras Music academy), accompanied by Thirumarugal Dinesh kumar (Violin) and P K Sivaprasad (Mridangam).
Venue: Bharatakalanjali premises, 6, Jeevaratnam nagar 1st street, Adyar. Contact : 24911125   
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February 28, 2016

Poojyasri Swami Omkarananda (Sri Chidhbhavananda Ashram, Theni) honoured The Dhananjayans with the 'Arsha Kala Bhushanam' award on February 28, 2016.

In the 2nd pic are seen: Sri Neyveli R. Santhana Gopalan - Award received by Mrs. Meera Santhana Gopalan,,Smt. T. Rukmani,,Sri Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Smt. R. Vedavalli, Swami Omkarananda ji, Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Theni, Swami Sadatmananda ji, Acharya, Anaikatti Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Smt. Shanta & Sri V.P. Dhananjayan, Sri Karaikudi R. Mani - Award Received by Sri C.S. Subramanian

February 26, 2016
Daya Tomiko  - Bharatanaatyam at Japanese Consulate, 6.00pm

February 25, 2016
Kalakshetra's Remembering Rukmini Devi Art festival - Bharatakalanjali presented SOUKHYAM a new concept designed by Satyajit Dhananjayan - reviving few old repertoires.

February 21, 2016
Raaghavi's Arangetram (Pavithra Srinivasan student) at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 10 to 12 noon 

February 21, 2016

Bharatakalanjali and Naada Inbam presented  "Vandemaataram" by Uttiya Barua, disciples of The Dhanajayans at Raagasudha Hall, Mylapore, 6.00pm
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February 19, 2016

VPD/CPS program for Remembering Smt. Sarasamma at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 6.30pm
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February 14, 2016
Dakshina chitra, Gurukulam

February 13, 2016
NRITYADARSHAN by The Dhananjayans for Narada Gana Sabha's  Annual day celebrations, 6.30pm.

February 7, 2016
VPD/CPS presided over Kuchipudi Arangetram, Kuchupudi Arts Academy

February 1, 2016

Suryakala in association with the ARTery presented first in the series of Creative Talks & Performances bhaava haava: Nuances of Creative abhinaya by The Dhananjayans
At: Ragasudha Hall, Chennai, 7.20-8.30pm
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Webcast of lectures
Designing Jathis and Creative Nritta - Sheejith Krishna
Bhaava Haava - The Dhananjayans

January 26, 2016
Nrutta Tarangam for ABHAI award function at Narada Gana Sabha, 6.00pm

January 14, 2016
Shafeekudin and Sabana (disciples of the Dhananjayans) for Regatta Cultural Academy at Sooryakanthi, Kanakakkunnu. 6.00pm

January 13, 2016
Nritha Sangeetholsvam 2016 - The Dhananjayans for Regatta Cultural Academy, Thiruvananthapuram at Sooryakanthi, Kanakakkunnu. 6.00pm

January 12, 2016
Gopukiran / Ashin Kiran at BrahmaGana Sabha , Pethachi Hall,  5.00pm

January 7, 2016
Nrutya Darshan by Bharatakalanjali troupe, Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, 4.30-5.45pm

January 5, 2016
Cauvery Suoprayen,  Krishna Gana Sabha, 7.00pm

January 1, 2016
Brahma Gaana Sabha honoured The Dhananjayans with their annual Award & Title NAATYA PADMAM during the annual Art festival  function at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai on 1st January 2016.
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