The Dhananjayans and Dr.MGR Janaki College of Science & Arts for women jointly presented BHARATA-NRUTHYOTSAVAM at Naatya Mandapa, Dr.MGR Janaki College campus, Adyar from 28 to 31-12-2012.

Naatya festival
The Naatya department of Dr. MGR Janaki College and Bharata Kalanjali jointly conducted a Naatya festival for four days from December 28 to 31.  The festival was held at the college’s mini hall ‘Vaibhavam’, which lent a good atmosphere for the audience.

Sangeeta Balasingam, from the U.K., student of Pushkala Gopal, proved her merit on the first day with her charming performance.

On the second day, Sarveshan from South Africa, student of Darshana, excelled in technique as well as male-oriented Abhinaya, imbibed from his grand teacher Dhananjayan. Sarveshan was vibrant and masculine in total.

Dhriti Sooryakumar, from the U.S., student of Aparna Ramaswamy, captured the attention of the audience with her crisp rhythmic execution and devotional fervour on the third day.

The last day 31{+s}{+t}found yet another brilliant dancer from the USA trained under Padmarani Rasiah , Virginia . A flawless performance conducted by Shanta Dhananjayan was indeed a befitting finale.

An intensive work shop for senior level Bharatanaatyam artists, both in practical  and theory lessons covering fundamentals in series and items with deeper understanding was conducted at Bharatakalanjali from May 19th to 26th, 2012. General theory of Abhinayadarpana and Naatya Saastra  with specific question on Rasa theory was covered in this intensive classes , everyday for four to 5 hours. Nearly 20 participants from, mostly Bharatakalanjali & Kalakshetra leaniage of students and performing artists took this course.
Anusha Natarajan (a senior disciple and Bharatakalanjali faculty member) initiated this course to give these artistes a direct touch with the Masters and experience the teaching method of the 'Gurus' and imbibe, understand  and experience  the kind of inspirational training from real 'Gurus'.
While Shanta chiseled each & every body of the participants  with her impeccable perfection in body line and rhythm, Dhananjayan explained the nuances of each and  every word of  the songs and deeper meaning to experience the " Satwika Bhava or abhinaya".  Language, music  and philosophy of Naatya was instilled in the participants to make them better professionals.  The watch word  "discipline -devotion -dedication" in any profession was the core purpose of this intensive Summer Gurukulam camp . The participants were thrilled to have the lessons directly and intimately from the Dhananjayans.
Thai Chi exercise  taught by Mr. Ranga Rao, a specialist in physiology - physio therapist  benefited the participants immensely.
It was a new experience for the participants to go through "Thai chi" exercises  along with Naatya classes to understand their body  and physical & mental and psychic  with, in- depth explanations on handling each one's body.

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Photo credit: Ganesh Ramachandran | Purpleganesh Photography

Chennai lacks infrastructure for arts, culture
- Narayana Vishwanath, express buzz, March 26, 2012
I wish the philanthropic corporate houses, fund artists forum like ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam artists of India) can contribute for building auditorium of acceptable standards in the city and partake in the growth of traditional culture.

In rhythm and synchrony
- Ranee Kumar, The Hindu, March 16, 2012
Years have not made a mark on their glowing countenance radiating a charm and joy that comes with true love and togetherness. Shantha and V.P. Dhananjayan are both artistes; their Bharatanatyam is the foundation of their marital life which got merged with their artistic pursuit.

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by Parva News Network, Mar 5, 2012
A life… well lived, well remembered…


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