Title: BEYOND PERFORMING: ART & CULTURE (Politico-Social Aspects)
P Dhananjayan, Bharatanaatyam exponent and Guru, founder president, Bharatakalanjali,
On Dec 5,
2006, His Excellency Governor of Tamilnadu Shri Surjit Singh Barnala released
the book at a special function at Raj Bhavan, Guindy. This book is edited
by Dhananjayans' senior disciple Tulsi Badrinath and published by BR Rhythms,
New Delhi. Dhananjayan's earlier book 'Dhananjayan on Indian Classical
Dances' was also published by BRR and this has gone in for 3 editions.
Success of this book prompted Dhananjayan to launch the present publication.
art & culture' contains various articles not only on art & culture
matters, but also political and social aspects. An interesting attraction
in the book is the cartoons on arts and social issues by late Sarathy.
Dhananjayan's concern for the welfare of society and peaceful co-existence
- both artistically and politically are very much evident and his forthright
suggestions to Government and public agencies are thought provoking points.
Cho Ramaswamy has written the foreword to this book.
The book is
Priced @Rs.1195.00 available B.R.Rhythms, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
perspective of social issues
By H. Ramakrishnan
Book Review, Feb 06, 2007
has honored Shanta & Dhananjayan - the Bharatanaatyam dance couple
- with the award and title "VISWAKALA BHARATI" on the inaugural day of
their annual December Art festival, 2006. The US Consul General Mr. David
Hopper presided and presented the award to the couple. Mrs. Hopper was
the guest of honor for the function. This award was given in recognition
of The Dhananjayans' service to promote Indian Art & culture abroad,
spanning four decades. Mr.
Secretary, Bharatkalachar described them as the most deserving artistes
of rare merit and there is none parallel to them as far as knowledge of
the art field is concerned.
The award carries
a silver medal and Rs.10000/- (Ten thousand) cash. The other luminaries
who received various titles and awards - Vyjayanthimala, Sowkar Janaki,
Sudharani Raghupathi, Poornam Viswanathan and several artists from the
field of Carnatic music, Bharatanaatyam, Cinema, drama and theatre.
and IASA (Indian Association of San Antonio) jointly honored Dhananjayan
and Shanta with the title of 'NATYAACHARYA' in recognition of their
services in the propagation of the classical Indian performing arts traditions.
The honorable title was conferred upon the Dhananjayans on the occasion
of the Natyanjali Dance Festival, San Antonio, TX, in collaboration with
IASA, which presented the theatrical production 'Ekantha Seetha' choreographed
by The Dhananjayans and produced by the Cleveland Cultural Alliance on
Saturday, November 11, 2006.
This event took
place at the Jo Long Performing Arts Theater of the Carver Cultural Center
where the Dhananjayans gave their very first performance in San Antonio,
TX, 20 plus years ago. The Dhananjayans also conducted their very first
Bharatanatyam workshop in San Antonio under the auspices of Natyanjali
Center for Performing Arts founded by Bana Ramanath. On the occasion, while
Bana Ramanath read the citation, Mr. Saumil Shah, president of IASA presented
the plaque to a standing ovation by the audience.
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Guru V P Dhananjayan
received the honor while Guru Shanta was not present on the occasion. On
behalf of IASA, Mr. Saumil Shah also presented a plaque to Natyanjali for
Outstanding Services to the Community in: Cultural Ambassadorship, Arts
Education and Community Involvement.
Vidyaarambham function 2006
Vijayadasami Vidyaarambham function was held on 2nd October with usual
verve and serenity.
In the absence
of The Dhananjayans, (touring in the US and Canada) Sumathi Sriram and
Sandhya Murali conducted the Vidyaarambham very efficiently under the able
guidance of aunty Kamakshi Gopi.
and the young Samarth (Satyajit' son) also actively participated in the
here for photos
Seetha... a lonely furrow
Cultural Alliance presented its latest production EKAANTHA SEETHA...A LONELY
FURROW. It is a dance drama that is a celebration of women from epic to
present times- in admiration of their courage, grace under fire and their
rising to challenges.
by the Dhananjayans, Music by TV Gopalakrishnan
drama was premiered on Sept 11 and 12, 2006 at the Music Academy prior
to its tour of North America in the fall of 2006.
11, 2006 Free performance at The Music Academy
12, 2006 at The Music Academy, 7.00 pm
of the production, reviews & photo
Tour of the
production involving about 16 highly skilled dancers - USA & Canada
from September 21 - November 19, 2006.
In the News
| Uma Ganesan
Cleveland Cultural Alliance
Fax: 044 2491
were honoured by the International Dance Alliance (IDA) on the occasion
of their 20th anniversary celebrations. The US Council General Mr. David
Hopper presented the award, while Mr. N.Ram Chief Editor, The Hindu presided.
On 15th August 2006, the Dhananjayans performed segments from their Dance