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KALA-VIPANCHEE, title and honour was awarded to Shanta & Dhananjayan by Dr. Balamuralikrishna through the VIPANCHEE Trust founded by Smt.Saraswathi Sundaresan. The award function was held on 31st December 07 at R.K.Swamy Hall, Mylapore. Young musicians & Bharatanaatyam artistes were also honoured during this august function presided by former Doordarshan Director Sri.A.Natarajan.
KALANIDHI" title and award presented on 25th November 2007
Center for Music and Dance, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala under the Chairmanship of Prof.(Dr) G. Balamohan Thambi (Former Vice Chancellor, Kerala University had instituted "KALANIDHI" title and award to performing artistes above 60 years of age only and they select couple artistes of eminence by a special jury. The back bone of this 23 year old Institution are Smt.Sushama Subramaniyam and her husband Kaniyampuzha Subramaniyan. This is the fifth year they are honouring highly deserving artistes without any political or social pressure or tag attached to the function. His Highness Marthanda Varma Maharaja of Thiruvanthapuram has been the sole Presiding person to disburse this title and award which lend a serene and dignity to the function.

Apart from the celebrated couple Bharatanaatyam artistes Naatyaachaarya Sri. V.P.Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan, the other couple who received Kalanidhi award are Sri.Pramukhan(Musician-vocalist, who could handle almost 30 insturments with equal proficiency)- and wife Kalamandalam Money (Bharatanaatyam & Mohinaattam). The young talent award 'Balaratna" was awarded to K.S.Harisankar (child artist) who is an acredited Carnatic concert singer and excellent Mridangam player. Grand son of the great Musician Omankutty Amma.
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The Dhananjayans receiving the citation and insignia from Maharaja Marthandavarma Thamburan.
The others in the pictures are Prof. Dr.Balamohan Thambi, & Subramaniyan

For further information contact the convener Sri. Kaniyappuzha Subrahmaniam
Navaneethan, TC No.17-1989 (2) Upstairs, SNRA No.71, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram 695102
Ph: 0471 6574 652 ; Mobile: 0+9446080973
Honor & felicitation to BHARATAKALANJALI & The Dhananjayans
"ANBU PAALAM" A Tamizh Magazine Edited and published by the great Gandhian and philanthropist Thiru: P.KALYANA SUNDARAM celebrated the magazine's 55th anniversary and 60th Indian Independence Day on 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanthi day) at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai. Recognizing the 40 years of service to art & culture, Bharatakalanjali as an institution was awarded the Plaque of honor and gold medal on this special occasion. This award & honor was bestowed on the Dhananjayans' for their service to the art world through the institution they founded in 1968.'

For more particulars and details please contact: Anbu Paalam: Kalyana sundaram 044+24402524 Mobile: 9840218847 Email: anbupaalam@gmail.com
On May 27th 2007, Sanjay was married to Dr. Sophia Wong in New York City at Philosophy Hall in Columbia University. Sophia hails from Edmonton, Canada and is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Long Island University. The wedding was attended by close family and friends from USA, India, Canada and Japan. The festivities began with a West African Drum & Dance workshop a day before the wedding. The wedding ceremony was followed by many performances by family and friends as "Gifts of Creativity" to the happy couple. The celebrations concluded with a ten course banquet in Manhattan's Chinatown.
Link to Wedding Album:

with our deepest Appreciation, admiration and gratitude
SRI CHINMONY: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.

Totally unaware and unexpected - when such an honour is bestowed on an individual, the thrill and satisfaction is multifold.
We were destined to receive this coveted award and honour in place of the living legend Sitar maestro Bharataratana Pandit Ravishankar and his wife Sukanya Shankar.
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Sri Chinmoy peace Foundation of the Poojyasri SRI.CHINMOY (Ref; web page for details:srichinmoy.org/links) had nominated and decided to give this honour to Pt.Ravishankar and Sukanya Shankar on the occasion of the Foundation's annual convention in San Diego on 14th June 07 . Hearing of our visit to San Diego at the same time, Panditjee very graciously and generously opted to recommend and nominate our names for the award and requested Swami Sri Chinmoy to honour us with this year's "Peace award" of their organisation.
So when we arrived San Diego, this surprise was awaiting us on the morning of 14th June 2007.
The award carries an insignia and medal. Swamijee's blessing is bestowed on specially selected few by lifting them. (Swamijee is internationally famous for using his Yogic power of concentration to lift any weight, including aeroplanes and elephants). He very casually lifted both of us jointly weighing 300 pounds..
Chief Justice of Tamilnadu inaugurated the Natyanjali festival. Dhananjayan felicitated the Natyaanjali festival committee and gave an inspiring speech on the meaning, significance and purpose of this festival. He said, "while the political parties try to fragment our Nation with unwanted issues like water, language etc, the performing artistes unite the hearts of the people and bring true national integration through art. Natyanjali festival is the finest example of congregation of people from Kannyakumari to Kashmeer."
Dhananjayan presenting his books to Chief Justice A.P.Shah
Dhananjayan giving felicitation address. Chief Justice A.P.Shah, wife and Justice Prabha Sridevan
and Natyanjali Organsing committee members
Chidambaram reverberates to rhythm of Natyanjali
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Feb 18, 2007www.hinduonnet.com/2007/02/18/stories/2007021808420400.htm