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Tulsi Badrinath's new book on guru Dhananjayan, "Master of Arts - A life in dance".  The book was released by Chief Guest Shri Muthusamy Varadarajan (Former secretary, Culture, Govt. of India) and the first copy was received by Pt.Birju Maharaj (Kathak maestro).
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The book reveals the difficulties faced by a male dancer in establishing himself. While telling the most romantic love story of how Dhananjayan met his wife Shanta, it considers whether his success depended on his being one half of a dancing couple. Tracing the central story of Dhananjayan as a brilliant performer and guru, his collaboration with Pandit Ravi Shankar, his meeting the Beatles George Harrison among other eminent people, it also narrates the stories of many other male dancers.

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Book Launch


The Padmabhushan awardees The Dhananjayans (Shanta & Dhananjayan) are international celebrities with almost six decades in the field of performing arts of Bhaarat.  Their academy, Bharatakalanjali in Adyar, Chennai is a standing testimony to the art & culture of Bhaaratam. With innumerable performances to their credit, covering a global spectrum, this made for each other couple is a beacon light icon to generations to come. Immaculate communicators through their exemplary performances all over the world, they bring credit to the Nation by propagation and preservation of the art & culture of Bhaarat.

Bharatakalanjali is going to hit its Golden jubilee shortly with hundreds of their alumni spread globally. 

Felicitation address at Srikrishna Gana sabha on 13 Dec 2013

Speech made during the inauguration of Naadhabrahmam Art festival on 12 Dec 2013
On sponsorships - Corporate Houses

The Dhananjayans and the Bharatakalanjali troupe performed RAAMANAATAKAM for Swami Dayananda Saraswathi's AARSHA VIDYA GURUKULAM at Kikani Auditorium, Coimbatore on November 17, 2013.

Dhananjayan with Legal luminary Ms. Lilly Thomas, Suprem Court Council when she was felicitated on Oct 19, 2013 by the National Legal Protection
Council, Chennai.

At Mudhra 2013, Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts & Science, Chettinad Kalaikoodam honoured Legends with Life time achievement Award - Rs.10,000 cash prize and a plaque of honour were given to the Dhananjayans along with Dr. Padma Subrahmaniam, Prof.C.V.Chandrasekhar & Jaya Chandrasekhar, The Narasimhachaaris, Ranganayaki Jayaraman & Guru Uduppi Lakshminarayanan at a function held on 12th October 2013 at the College premises in Adyar, presided by Dr. Meena Muthiah (Founder & Trustee of the College)

Dr. Leela Pai (FRCOG & Fellow of the Royal College London), a very well known and much sought after gynecologist in Bengaluru, the elder sister of Shanta Dhananjayan passed away on October 2, 2013 after a brief illness.  She was  more than a mother and mentor for Shanta Dhananjayan.

Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali and The Dhananjayans were honored with the prestigious honour & award "KALA-RATNA" by the Organizing Committee of Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan - Brindavan (Mathura) UP on 15th September 2013 on the inaugural day of the festival.
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Kerala steps into NLPC-India

 Yogaville Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam Gurupoornima celebrations - July 20, 2013
The Dhananjayans were honoured with the award of excellence and Life time achievement award by the Swami Satchidananda Integral Yoga
Society. Their disciples Padma Rasiah and Kannan Rasiah were also felicitated with the award of excellence and Gursevaratna Merit award
respectively.   All the four -Gurus & sishyas together gave a short performance before a packed enthusiastic audience who gave them a prolonged standing ovation.

On the 21st, The Dhananjayans were presented with a plaque of honor  for  "LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT " by the Yogaville, Satchidananda Ashram FINE ARTS SOCIETY during it's silver jubilee celebrations.

 Senior disciple of  The Dhananjayans, Subathra Sudarshan organized and conducted Padha Pooja at her Natya Studio on June 26th 2013 at Johns Creek, GA, USA

 NLPC (National Legal Rights Protection Council)  launched it's Kerala chapter  by Hon Minister for Local administration Thiru.Panneerselvam in Podicherry on 16th June 2013. Pictures taken in his office marking the launch and giving the ID card to the representative from Kerala.
ROTARY CLUB OF CHENNAI GALAXY (Rotary International District 3230) presented “LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2013” for Cultural Excellence to The Dhananjayans, Padmabhushan VP & Shanta Dhananjayan. 
Presented by DR. A.KALANIDHI (Vice Chairman Common wealth Science &Technology, Former Vice Chancellor of Anna University)
on February 6th, 2013 at Hotel Accord Metropolitan, T.Nagar.
Recipients of this prestigious recognition included celebrities like. Dr.J.Balasubramaniam (JB) Director VHS & TTK Blood bank, Dr.Ravikumar.R (Cardio specialist, Chettinaadu Hospitals, American Board certified surgeon) & A. Diamond Babu.


Naaytyaachaarya (Dr) VP Dhananjayan (Padmabhushan awardee) is appointed as the Regional Director (Honorary post) for the NATIONAL LEGAL RIGHTS PROTECTION COUNCIL (NLPC-Delhi) for Tamizhnaadu and Kerala regions.
What is NLPC:  www.nlpcindia.com  or email: Gen Sec Mr. T.V.Madhankumar,  hrapeace@gmail.com.  Phone: 09788886111
RUKMINI FELLOWSHIP AWARD 2013 iInstituted by VITALSPRING  Technologies Washington DC USA GOES TO  THE DHANANJAYANS.  This was announced today the  2nd January 2013 in a special function at Hotel My Fortune Chennai (Chola Sheraton).

Dr. Sridhar and Jyotsna Poturazu  announced the names of the winners amidst a special gathering of artistes as a total surprise.
The fellowship award carries a purse of Rupees two lakhs (Rs. 2,00,000).  This was in connection with the Music Academy's 7th Annual Naatya Festival being inaugurated  by US Consula General Ms. JENNIFER A MCINTYRE on 3rd January 2013  sponsored by VITALSPRING -TECHNOLOGIES.