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Dhananjayans received the Award of Excellence - Life time achievement award
along with Padma Subrahmanaim from Kartik Fine Arts on December 27, 2008
Home Minister P. Chidambaram released the Kalaa-Saadhana film on
The Dhannajayans by Radhika Shurajit produced by Utsav Music on Dec 12,
2008 at the Bharat Kalachar Margazhi Utsav inaugural function.
Dhananjayans and Padmarani Rasiah gave their final Bharatanaatyam program
titled "Bhakti Maargam" in their fall tour of North America under the auspices
of CMANA (Carnatic Music Association of North America) New Jersey.
CMANA is one of the prestigious and oldest forum for promoting Carnatic
Music in America and has honoured and felicitated stalwarts in the field
of South Indian performing arts.
felicitated and honored the Dhananjayans with a Life Time Achievement
award and presented a plaque of honor cited as under:
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TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND HONOR
VP DHANANJAYAN AND SMT.SHANTA DHANANJAYAN
respectfully felicitates THE DHANANJAYANS on the special occasion of their
grand dance program for CMANA on "BHAKTI MAARGAM" at the conclusion of
their farewell performances in North America . CMANA also recognizes this
dance couple for their LIFE TIME contributions and achievements in the
related fields of Bharatanaatyam and Carnatic Music.
by: Mr. Sankar Narayanan (President) Mr.P.S.Venkatraman (Vice President)
Aravind Narasimhan (Secretary) Mr. Som Sowmyan (Treasurer)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
CARNATIC MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA Inc., NEW JERSEY,
Dhananjayans gave a soul stirring "Bhaktimaaragam" performance for a full
complement of Rasikas at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen, New Jersey on 2nd
November 08 and brought tears to the eyes of the audience who gave a five
minutes standing ovation. The audience also pleaded with the Dhananjayans
to return, calling this the “last” in the FIRST farewell tour! The Dhanajayans
obliged by performing two more items requested by the connoisseurs of CMANA
members -- The Pregnant Deer and Varugalamo Ayya..
Fine Arts-Austin (USA) (IFA) honoured and awarded the title of "Nritya
Saamsraat" to Dhananjayan and "Nritya Saagara" to Shanta Dhananjayan,
recognizing their contribution to the preservation, popularization and
propogation of Indian Arts and culture in North America for the last four
October 12, 2008, IFA hosted their American farewell performance at Travis
High school Auditorium before a discerning connoisseur audience who gave
a long standing ovation to this couple and thier senior disciple Padmarani
Cantu. At the end Mr.Nagarajan (the president of IFA) presented the surprise
award and honour to the Dhananjayans whose first performance in America
in 1976 was presented in New York. Obliging the requests of the connoisseurs,
90 minutes performance was extended to 150 minutes.
August 30, 2008, monthly music journal Naadhabrahmam honored the Dhananjayans
with the NATANA PRAKAASAM title at the Music Academy, Chennai, for
their contribution to art for over 60 years and to mark 40 years of their
dance institution Bharatakalaanjali. This year also marks the 70th birthday
of guru V P Dhananjayan. A special edition of Naadhabrahmam was released
with focus on the Dhananjayans. A one hour film on the Dhananjayans titled
Kalaa Saadhana directed by Radhika Shurajit and Churchill Pandian was screened.
a bi-lingual musical monthly and Music Sabha launched the three in one
event. 60 years on the center stage (Dhananjayan entered the center stage
in his 5th year as a child actor, singing and acting in the role of a child
hero in the Malayalam Sangeeta Naatakam, titled 'Balagopalan'), 40 years
of founding BHARATAKALANJALI (1968) and Dhananjayan at 70.
So 60 + 40
30th August at 5.30pm, a galaxy of great personalities from different walks
of life who have been admirers and well wishers of the Dhananjayans, adorned
the Madras Music Academy precinct. Felicitations to the doyen of Bharatanaatyam
commenced with a DVD presentation prepared by Radhika Shurjit (the senior
most alumni of Bharatakalanjali) preceded by a Swaagata Nritta (Welcome
dance) by 40 children (representing 40 years of Bharatakalanjali) from
different schools run by Bharatakalanjali alumna and 'Nritya-Tarangini'
presented by the senior disciples of the Dhananjayans.
Magazine brought out a special issue on V P Dhananjayan with pictures spanning
50 to 60 years of his dance career and articles by well known people and
others who have been associated with him for years. This issue was released
and distributed free of cost on the day of the function.
- a short film about the Dhananjayans produced by Radhika Shurajit (senior
disciple of The Dhananjayans) will be available in DVD format at the subsidized
per copy in India (plus postage) or
(plus postage) outside India.
film was first presented on 30th at Music Academy and both the film and
the producer received accolades from viewers. The DVD will be
released on the inaugural day of Bharat Kalachar December Art Festival
on 12th December, 2008.
DVD will be also be available during the fall tour of The Dhananjayans
in the USA & UK. For more details kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not a commercial release.
Dhananjayans received Integral Yoga® International
Achievement Award and
of Satchidananda Natya Choodamani
Asokananda (President) and Swami Karunananda (Vice-President) conferred
the distinguished honors of Integral Yoga International’s Lifetime Achievement
Award and the title of “Satchidananda Natya Choodamani” upon the legendary
Bharata Natyam couple of Chennai, Sri V.P. and Smt. Shanta Dhanajayan on
the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Natya Adyayana Gurukulam of
the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville. These distinguished artistes have been
conducting the Gurukulam each summer in U.S.A. since 1989. Children from
around the country take part in the Gurukulam in which they receive training
in the classical Bharata Natyam system along with the “3Ds” (discipline,
devotion and dedication) imparted by His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda,
founder of IY International.
and title were conferred upon The Dhananjayans: “In honor of the 20th Anniversary
of the Natya Adyayana Gurukulam of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville and
in recognition of a lifetime as exemplars of the ideals of Discipline,
Devotion and Dedication; for serving as cultural ambassadors from Bharata
Varsha to the U.S.A. and throughout the world as masters of the spiritual
art form of Bharata Natyam; and as outstanding artistes and educators planting
seeds of inspiration, culture and hope for future generations.”
awards conferred the same evening were to Fine Arts Society founder Mrs.
Rukmini Rasiah who received the Integral Yoga International Lifetime Achievement
Award and title of “Guru Seva Ratna” (her grand son Kannan received it
on her behalf ) as well as Mrs. Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Natya director
of the Fine Arts Society. Mrs. Rasiah Cantu received the Integral Yoga
International Award of Excellence and title of “Satchidananda Kala Ratna.”
Vasudevan, a senior student of the Dhananjayans, won the All India Bharatanaatyam
competition in the senior slot, conducted by Concern India Foundation on
24th January 2008, at Narada Gana Sabha. Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam gave away
the prizes. There were three categories of competition - Senior / Junior
/ and group. Vijnarani Vasudevan bagged the first prize for the senior