2016
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Naatyaachaarya V.P.Dhananjayan has been appointed as the DEAN of the Performing Arts Section of the age old ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY, Chidambaram, Tamizhnaadu.

Naatyaachaaryaa Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan is appointed as the Faculty head.

With these prestigious appointments they hope to revamp and bring more credibility and enhance the standard of the Annamalai University Performing arts Degree course.

Dhananjayan appointed dean at Annamalai varsity
- The Hindu, 24 Nov 2016




Trinity Arts Festival of India presented the Award for Lifetime Achievement to VP Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan on Sunday, the 25th December 2016, 6.01pm.
At: Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts & Science, 4, Crescent Avenue Road, (off 4th. Main Road), Gandhi Nagar, Chennai-600020



ALVA’S VIRASAT AWARD 2016:
VP.DHANANJAYAN received the ALVA’S EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION’S  VIRASAT AWARD-2016 on 13th January 2017 at Moodbidri  Dakshina Karnataka.

The award comprising a citation and a cash award of rupees One lakh was given in the presence of an enlightened audience consisting of thousands of art lovers.

The other stalwarts who received this prestigious honour earlier are celebrities like Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain, Pt. Hariprasad Chowrasya (flute), Dr. Sonal Mansingh (Odissi Nritya), Dr. Padma Subrahmaniam (Bharatanritya), Dr.K.J.Yesudas(Carnatic & playback singer) and Dr. S.P.Balasubahmniam (playback singer).



"Master of Arts - A life in dance" on guru Dhananjayan by Tulsi Badrinath is available in Karnatic Music Book Centre.

Order your copies - http://www.carnaticbooks.com/product_info.php?products_id=486


August 12, 2016 - Release of  the book NRITTA YAATRA (Dhananjayande kalayum jeevitavum), Malayalam translation of Tulsi Badrinath's  "Master of Arts (English).
Sri. M.A.Baby (CPM Polit Bureau Member , former Education Minister, Kerala Govt  released the Book and Sri.K.Jayakumar (IAS) Vice Chancellor of Malayalam University received the first copy.  Both of them gave excellent account & review of the Book and praised the service of The Dhananjayans in the field of performing arts.  Sri. A.Prabhakaran who did the Malayalam translation  and Tulsi Badrinath who wrote the original "Maser of arts" (English) are in the picture

COPIES OF THIS NEW MALAYALAM BOOK EDITION IS AVAILABLE @ BHARATAAKALANJALI, CHENNAI.
email your order to: Bkalanjali@gmail.com
Price @ home; Rs.250 + Postage
Abroad: Us $ 5.00 + $.5 Air Mail charge




 TVG honouring the "Ideal couple"  on the occasion of Dr. Balamuralikrishna's 86th birthday celebration at Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai on 6th July 2016.




A report in Malayala Manorama (Sunday 29th May 2016)
KANDETHAL (In search of) - Dhananjayan acted in a Malayalam movie, slated to be released with tax exemption. Content of the film is philosophical, an art movie about a lost child.



Padma privilege, a necessity
- VP Dhananjayan, The Times of India, 27 May 2016
http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31807&articlexml=TALK-BACK-27052016006035



DOUBLE -HONOUR to The Dhananjayans:
ABHAI (Association of Bharatanaatyam Artisrtes of India) conferred the prestigious award and title 'NAATYA-KALAANIDHI" on  the Dhananjayans on 1st May 2016 at 6.00pm at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. Chief guest on this occasion was former Governor of Bengal Shri. M.K. Narayanan.

(The pictures provided by Chella Vaidyanathan gives a section of the audience on 1st May at SKGS & a group photo of the awardees with the Abhai working team)


The same day (1st May) at 7.00pm they were honoured at the Kapaaleeswarar Koil Vasanth Utsav organized by Saraswathi Education Cultural & Charitable Trust. Former Governor of Bengal  Shri. Gopalakrishna Gandhi was the Chief guest and he conferred the award and honour to The Dhananjayans.
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Pranaams and Happy Birthday greetings to our respected Sri.Dhananjayan Sir. Wishing him a happy, wonderful, memorable birthday and many more to come! In this track you can hear Dhananjayan Sir and Santha Akka's rendering of basic Adavu patter.
-  Babu Parameswaran



The Dhananjayans were the chief guests for the Laasyotsava festival in Chennai at Rani Seethai Hall on 19th March 2016



Interview with The Dhananjayans on DD Malayalam channel  (kerala  CHAYAKOOT) on 14th & 15th March (Monday & Tuesday) at 5.00 pm.
Repeat on 16th & 17th (Wednesday / Thursday) at 10 am.





Poojyasri Swami Omkarananda (Sri Chidhbhavananda Ashram, Theni) honoured The Dhananjayans with the 'Arsha Kala Bhushanam' award on February 28, 2016.

In the 2nd pic are seen: Sri Neyveli R. Santhana Gopalan - Award received by Mrs. Meera Santhana Gopalan,,Smt. T. Rukmani,,Sri Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Smt. R. Vedavalli, Swami Omkarananda ji, Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Theni, Swami Sadatmananda ji, Acharya, Anaikatti Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Smt. Shanta & Sri V.P. Dhananjayan, Sri Karaikudi R. Mani - Award Received by Sri C.S. Subramanian



Suryakala in association with the ARTery presented first in the series of Creative Talks & Performances bhaava haava: Nuances of Creative abhinaya by The Dhananjayans on February 1, 2016 at Ragasudha Hall, Chennai....View invite

Webcast of lectures
Designing Jathis and Creative Nritta - Sheejith Krishna
Bhaava Haava - The Dhananjayans



Brahma Gana Sabha honours artists
- The Hindu, Down Town, January 10, 2016
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-downtown/brahma-gana-sabha-honours-artists/article8086647.ece



Under the sway of rhythm
- Lalithaa Krishnan, The Hindu, January 7, 2016
V.P. Dhananjayan along with Sadanam Harikumar presented a unique ensemble on Mela Padam
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/under-the-sway-of-rhythm/article8077413.ece