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October 17th Bharatakalanjali presented NRITYA TARANGINI in a small village
near Mangalore called Belthangadi with a group of 17 artistes from Bharatakalanjali.
was for the ASHA SALIAN PRATHISHTANA the tenth anniversary memorial day
of Smt. Asha Salian, a renowned philanthropist and art lover in Karnataka.
On this special occasion, The Dhananjayans were honoured with DECENNIAL
AWARD (a Plaque of honour), Ponnadai in front of a large gathering of village
people and prominent personalities of the area.
was a heartwarming experience for the participating artistes and enthusiastic
audience who sat through a two and half hours of classical items.
Amazing was the response of these people who look forward to this special
day (Oct 17th) every year for the last ten years.
of the award ceremony & dance presentation
Decennial award plaque reads:
SALIAN PRATHISHTANA , BELTHANGADI, KARANATAKA 574214
AWARD TO PADMABHUSHAN SMT SHANTHA AND SRI DHANANJAYAN, CHENNAI FOR THEIR
EXCELLENCE AND EXPERTISE IN BHARATANAATYAM
CHANDRAN, ALUMNI OF BHARATAKALANJALI (The Dhananjayans) and Regatta Cultural
Academy, Thiruvananthapuram (Girija Chandran) has won the prestigious Madras
Music Academy's Best Bharatanaatyam Artiste award (Spirit of youth award)
for this year and she will be performing on the inaugural day of Music
Academy annual Art Festival December 2011.
- MEGA EVENT AT MUSIC ACADEMY
DHANANJAYANS ARE BEING HONOURED WITH THE 'PARAM AACHARYA' AWARD
INSTITUTED BY CHENNAI BASED 'CALL EASY' CONCERN, a service oriented
- The key to success" is an annual event commemorating the TEACHERS' DAY
on 5th September.
grand-mega event will be held at Madras Music Academy Hall on 5th September
at 6.00 p.m. This is a public event where a galaxy of celebrities from
different walks of life participate. Come early to get good seats.
Bora, a Bharatakalanjali alumni wins the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academi's
Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar 2009.
senior disicple of The Dhananjayans & Bharatakalanjali alumni is selected
this year for the SNA young artistes award with a cash price. Menaka receives
this award for her contribution in reviving and popularising "Sattriya
nritya" of Assam. She is also an accomplished Bharatanaatyam artiste, daughter
and disciple of Smt. Indira Bora (Barua), also a winner of SNA award.
and Menaka's Teachers - The Dhananjayans bless her and congratulate her
on this great achievement.
DHANANJAYANS RECEIVED THE GD BIRLA INTERNATIONAL AWARD & PURSE
G.D.Birla Award instituted by the Birla Academy of Arts & Culture,
were presented in New Delhi on Monday the 21st June 210.
Dhananjayan speaks of his dad and the lessons he learnt from him.
New Indian Express, Expresso supplement, City edition, Father's day issue
in collaboration with Swathi Solutions, released two sets of DVDs for home
viewing of The Dhananjayans' items from live performances. They are available
in the regular Audio- video outlet shops.
details contact the address below:
can be purchased online at Kalakendra.com
Mahaabhaaratam Bheeshmaachaarya - DVD
Mahaabhaaratam Bheeshmaachaarya - DVD
Sri V.P. Dhananjayan presents "Bheeshmaachaarya", on the Mahaabhaarata's
grandfather figure. Major incidents from Bheeshma's life are narrated through
flashbacks by his grief-stricken mother, Ganga. She describes her son's
death at the hands of the effeminate Sikhandi during the Kurukshetra War,
then segues into his birth, upbringing, and "unthinkable" vow that earns
him the name "Bheeshma" from the gods. Dhananjayan uses subtle and neat
satvika abhinaya in this cohesive presentation.
Saadhana - 2DVD
Saadhana A documentary on The Bharatanaatyam living legends combined with
recent live stage performances Dhananjayans: Naatyaachaaryas - Shanta and
V.P.Dhananjayan - are a phenomena in the field of Bhartanaatyam. Deservedly,
they have both been bestowed the prestigious Padma Bhushan for their outstanding
contribution in this sphere. The unique couple, who complement each other
perfectly, combine the highest standards as performing artistes with total
dedication to teaching. Steeped in classicism and yet willing to explore
the new without compromising on tradition, they have illumined the national
and international scene of Bharatanaatyam for the past four decades. The
Dhananjayans pursuit of perfection is uncompromising and they instill the
highest values of our tradition and culture in succeeding generations of
aspirants. Their commitment to the art has made them role models for the
younger generation of artistes.
BIRTHDAY GIFT from A STUDENT RENUKA (Rincy) from London
AND FELICITATIONS TO THE DHANANJAYANS in Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala.
(Sargamandalam) Kozhikkode offered GURUVANDANAM on 28th March 10
at Town Hall , 5.30 p.m
and several prominent personalities joined to felicitate Shanta & Dhananjayan
for thier getting the Padmabhushan award and G.D.Birla International award
based Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeettha Sabha honoured The Dhananjayans this
year with the title and honour ' NAATYA RATNA' on 26th February 2010 on
the inauguration of their 60th year Art festival which was conducted from
February 26th to March 3rd 2010 at Delhi Andhrapradesh Bhavan, Ambetkar
Auditorium. H.E ESL Narasimhan (Governor of Andhrapradesh,
an alumni of Adyar Besant School, Kalakshetra) presented the award.
should be an integral part of education: V.P. Dhananjayan
The Hindu, Saturday, Jan 23, 2010
Sudha Raghunathan and S. Abhaya Kumar, Director, Shasun Chemicals and Drugs
Ltd were also present at the inauguration of Kala Utsav of SSS Shasun Jain
College for Women in Chennai on Friday.
WOMEN EXXLUSIVE MAGAZINE celebrating their 5th anniversary at Residency
Tower Banquet Hall on 21st January 2010 gave away Life Time Achievement
award to luminaries in different walks of life in the city of Chennai.
The Dhananjayans were the first among them to be honoured by Union State
Minister Sri. Nepolean.
Dhananjayans' disicples Smt. Radhika Shurajit (Bharatanaatyam artiste)
and Fathima Babu ( Actress & T.V. News reader) were also honoured
as women achievers. Sri. Dhananjayan was the only MAN among nine women
who received this exclusive AWARD from Hon.Minister. The function
was conducted in a very unique and novel way drawing the attention and
appreciation of the big crowd gathered in the hall.
Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation commemorated the 50th year Bharatanaatyam
Arangetram of the late legend Krishanveni Lakshman & the living legend
Shanta Dhananjayan at an exclusive “Visesha Arangam” of the 47th Kala Poshakam.
and paying humble tributes to KRISHNAVENI LAKSHMAN on the historic day.
An exclusive Naatya Nivedanam was offered by "Padmabushan" Shanta Dhananjayan
and lineage of Krishnaveni Lakshman - Gayatri & Balagurunathan (daughter
& disciple), at Sri Rathnagirishwarar temple, Besant Nagar, on Wednesday,
13th January, 2010, at 6.30 p.m.
of the event