Naatyaachaaryas VP Dhananjayan & Shanta
Dhananjayan received the “Bharata Muni Samman" (2018) from Nalanda
University ( NDRC, Mumbai). Dr.Kanak Rele - the founder and director,
NDRC gave away the award and honour to them along with two other
stalwarts - in the field of hindustani music (Dr. Prabah Atre) and
Maharashatra stage actor and film actor. (Vikram Gokhale) in a
colourful ceremony on 13th January 2019.
Shanta Dhananjayan received the "Nritya Kalaanidhi"
honour & award from the most prestigious institution Madras Music
Academy on January 3, 2019, the
Naatya festival inaugural day at TTK auditorium, Music academy.
(To refresh the memory, Dhananjayan received the equivalent award
"Sangeeta Kalaa Achaarya" from the Academy on 4th January 2005)