2010

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Bharatakalanjali's renovated studio rooms were inaugurated on October 16th morning with Saraswathi Pooja and we started new admission for new and old students. Regular classes and rehearsals will be held in these new class rooms.
Photos of the Saraswathi pooja
Photos of the Renovated residence and Bharatakalanjali classes/studios
On October 17th Bharatakalanjali presented NRITYA TARANGINI in a small village near Mangalore called Belthangadi with a group of 17 artistes from Bharatakalanjali.
This 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.
It 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.
Photos of the award ceremony & dance presentation
    The Decennial award plaque reads:
    ASHA SALIAN PRATHISHTANA , BELTHANGADI, KARANATAKA 574214
    DECENNIAL AWARD TO PADMABHUSHAN SMT SHANTHA AND SRI DHANANJAYAN, CHENNAI FOR THEIR EXCELLENCE AND EXPERTISE IN BHARATANAATYAM
    BELTHANGADY
    17-10-2010
    K.RAMANANDA SALIAN PRESIDENT

MADHAVI 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.
GURU-SAMARPANAM - MEGA EVENT AT MUSIC ACADEMY
THE DHANANJAYANS ARE BEING HONOURED WITH THE 'PARAM AACHARYA' AWARD INSTITUTED BY CHENNAI BASED 'CALL EASY' CONCERN, a service oriented information center.
"GURU - The key to success" is an annual event commemorating the TEACHERS' DAY on 5th September.
The 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.
Menaka Bora, a Bharatakalanjali alumni wins the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academi's Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar 2009.

A 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.
BHARATAKALAANJALI and Menaka's Teachers - The Dhananjayans bless her and congratulate her on this great achievement.
THE DHANANJAYANS RECEIVED THE GD BIRLA INTERNATIONAL AWARD & PURSE

The G.D.Birla Award instituted by the Birla Academy of Arts & Culture, were presented in New Delhi on Monday the 21st June 210.
Details & Photos
Dad's Mudras
Satyajit Dhananjayan speaks of his dad and the lessons he learnt from him.
By Saranya Chakrapani
The New Indian Express, Expresso supplement, City edition, Father's day issue
Stepping back in time
As told to Gowri Ramnarayan
The Hindu, Metro Plus, Wednesday, June 09, 2010
http://www.hindu.com/mp/2010/06/09/stories/2010060950160100.htm
Dhananjayan at the 8th Anniversary of Nada Brahmam
Dinamalar, June 6, 2010
Bharatakalanjali 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.
For more details contact the address below:
Sudhakar K S
“Swathi Centre”
5, Ananda Road,
Alwarpet, Chennai 600018
INDIA
Phone: +91-44-24984050
Mobile: +91-98407 67767
Website: www.swathigroup.com

The DVDs can be purchased online at Kalakendra.com
Bharatham Mahaabhaaratam Bheeshmaachaarya - DVD

Bharatham Mahaabhaaratam Bheeshmaachaarya - DVD
Naatyaachaarya 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.
http://www.kalakendra.com/shopping/bharatham-mahaabhaaratam-bheeshmaachaarya-p-2123.html?
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Kala Saadhana - 2DVD

Kala 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.
http://www.kalakendra.com/shopping/kala-saadhana-2dvd-p-2122.html

A BIRTHDAY GIFT from A STUDENT RENUKA (Rincy) from London
HONOUR AND FELICITATIONS TO THE DHANANJAYANS in Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala.
SAMUDRA (Sargamandalam) Kozhikkode offered GURUVANDANAM on 28th March 10 at Town Hall , 5.30 p.m
Mayor and several prominent personalities joined to felicitate Shanta & Dhananjayan for thier getting the Padmabhushan award and G.D.Birla International award 2010.
Delhi 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.
Art should be an integral part of education: V.P. Dhananjayan
- The Hindu, Saturday, Jan 23, 2010
http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/23/stories/2010012358180200.htm
Vocalist 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.
THE 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.

The 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.
email: women_exclusive@yahoo.com
Sri 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.

Remembering 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.
Photographs of the event