|Steps of expressions
delved into their vast experience and sense of aesthetics to present an
enthralling Bharatnatyam performance."
- The Hindu, Friday Review Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 6,
to the maestro
VP Dhananjayan, a communicator par excellence, the applause he received
for the solitary item he performed was proof enough of the impact his dance
had on the viewer."
- The New Indian Express, City Express, Oct 27, 2007
is the title of the latest book authored by Bharatanatyam maestro V.P.
Dhananjayan, which describes the vast and varied realms traversed by this
- The Hindu, Friday Review, Oct 5, 2007
V.P. Dhananjayan's performance exemplified their approach to choreography
for a pair, dancing in tandem as well as in contrast to each other."
- The Hindu, Friday Review, Jan 19, 2007
could do more for promoting Classical arts
complemented each other in training dancers of the highest order. They
brought on the dance arena a wave of freshness. They are great dancers
- The Hindu, Aug 15, 2006
from the veterans
International Dance Alliance Festival threw spotlight on the varied styles
- The Hindu, Friday Review, Aug 18, 2006
stalwarts take centre stage
was mesmarising in the bhava-laden pieces he chose to elucidate, turning
simple compositions into masterpieces. The orchestra lead by Shantha Dhananjayan
was one of the strongest seen in recent times."
- The Hindu, Music Season, Dec 16, 2005
|A life in
of dancing together has added many dimensions to the lives of Dhananjayans."
- The New Sunday Express, Nov 6, 2005
gareeb admi hoom. Bapuji aap ne mujhe Alla ko dikha diya" ( I am very poor,
Bapuji you have shown me Alla)"
- an old man told Dhananjayan after witnessing his performance
by the banks of Ganga in Kashi
|Dance to warm
the heart this winter
naturalness of showing themselves for what they are, without any hint of
camouflage, and their life long devotion for Bharatanatyam makes their
dance look so full of integrity."
- The Hindu, Friday Review, Dec 12. 2003
innovations within the traditional framework is the secret behind the success
of this dancing duo."
- Nandini Ramani, The Hindu, March 9, 2001
energy, vitality, versatility and endurance of the dancing duo proves that
age cannot wither nor custom stale their infinite variety and their immense
- Ratna Kumar, The Hindu, December 22, 2000
rest of the world explore (with no damage to basic grammar) the realms
of different styles in Bharatanatyam, Dhananjayan is the odd one out. He
never steps out of his alma mater, Kalakshetra, however his choreography
and dramatic presentations may seem on the surface."
- AS Raman, Expressweek, December 9, 2000
a half-century of togetherness. One can find the grace of a poet and the
accuracy of a mathematician in their recitals. A multifaceted couple, Shantha
and VP Dhananjayan have brought dignity to dancing in the twilight zone."
- Leela Venkataramam The Hindu, December 4, 2000
be the forte of the young but it is the wise men and women with a streak
of silver in their hair who lend it their quiet dignity. This was proved
once again by Shantha and VP Dhananjayan at the India International Centre."
- Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu, November 24, 2000
duet…What a spirited performance the duo presented - full of verve and
detail. The passion for the art leapt across the proscenium and embraced
- Shani, Pioneer, Nov 22, 2000
are a resourceful dancer-couple. Their contributions to enrich the repertoire
of bharatanatyam have not many parallels in recent times."
- The Indian Express, Nov 11, 1994
pure classical Bharatanatyam and the difference between mere acrobatics
and Bharatanatyam could very well be understood after seeing the Dhananjayans
perform. They are top class in all aspects of Bharatanatyam--nritta or
pure dance (foot work), abhinaya, bhava and hasta mudras (facial expression,
miming and hand gestures)."
- K Raghavan, Indian Express, Madurai, January 18, 1990
|"As the recital
proceeds we hear and see unusual and rare permutations and combinations
in the technical compositions but unmatched brilliance in choreographic
skill is apparent in the design and synchronization of movements. Without
taking any liberties with the hoary traditions of this classical style,
the Dhananjayans have added a new and exquisite dimension to Bharatanatyam,
making one aware of enormous, untried vistas of use."
- Hima Devi, The Afternoon Despatch & Courier, September
|"A mild state
of ecstasy was certainly my response to Tuesday night's performance of
the Dhananjayans...As an ensemble, they operate at a level of precision
in timing and execution of movement that is simply overwhelming."
- Ed Conroy, Express-News, San Antonio, Texas, March 30,
performance was perfect in disposition of limbs, stances, clean-cut rhythm
and crisp footwork."
- Murali, Indian Express, Sept 7, 1986
debut in the federal capital, Bonn, was an outstanding example of their
brilliant rendering of the Bharatanatyam style in which the nuances of
bhava and abhinaya harmoniously merged with the devotional aspects of bhakti
and divine love as interpreted through historical and mythological legends,
often centered around the figure of Lord Krishna."
- German News, March 1986
are among the most accomplished and dedicated dancers and tutors I have
known during my contacts with Indian classical dancing for nearly half
a century...Their flowering into versatile all-rounders, musicians, choreographers,
ballet producers, performers and teachers has been phenomenal...Dhananjayan
is one of the finest of the handful of male dancers in India and an international
celebrity in the sphere of Bharathanatyam...Shantha, his perfect partner
in life as well as in art, has established herself as one of the foremost
Bharathanatyam artistes in India and abroad. Watching them performing together
is a rare aesthetic expression..."
-T S Parthasarathy, Secretary, Music Academy, Madras,
for Crippled Children and Adults is truly grateful to you for bringing
to us such beautiful entertainment for the benefit of the children and
adults who are treated at this Center. The gorgeous costumes, the excellent
music and the grace, speed and precision with which the movements were
made...a very enjoyable and exciting evening."
- Shirley Renshaw, President, Grayson County Center for
Crippled Children and Adults, Texas,
June 6, 1984 in a letter of appreciation
|"V P Dhananjayan
has the rare qualities of spontaneity and male power, while Shantha has
lightning speed, and her swift airy leaps were a joy to watch...Dhananjayan
showed a superb mastery of mime."
- Hima Devi, Evening News, Bombay, October 14, 1981
have taken a new and wide canvas mounted on the easel of tradition and
painted it with vividly beautiful strokes of innovative artistry."
- Ranjani Swaminathan, Indian Express, February 7, 1981
duo...fresh and new ideas...clarity of footwork and correct delineation
of expressive adavus...captivating, convincing interpretations, effective
- Dance critic, Sunday Standard, Bombay
Dhananjayan brought an evening of brilliant Indian classical dancing to
the theatre of National Arts Center...gorgeous costumes, excellent music,
- Ottawa Journal, April 21, 1976
precision and perfection, the grace and keen aesthetic sense displayed
by the couple...rendered the entire repertoire exquisite..."
- The Canadian India Times
|"V P Dhananjayan
with admirably noble and expressive mime, proves to what extent this oriental
art form succeeds in combining pantomime, choreography and music with an
evocative quality and creativity of gestures never attained in Europe..."
- Argus de la Pressee, Paris
Indian ballet...Sri and Smt. Dhananjayan...what can one say about this
unique dance couple...that it was seductive there was no doubt at all...un
spectacle extrordinaire avec le ballet Indien Bharathanatyam."
- La Provancal Avignon
illustrious example of precision and presentation and choreography, with
the added lustre of one of the finest supporting orchestras..."
- Dance critic, Times of India, Bombay
with much penetrative power mimed an imagined meeting with the child Krishna...the
performers not only were a conjugal but also a rhythmical unity..."
- The Hague, Het Vaderland
rejoicing for the fan of the art form. Few male dancers in recent memory
have given solo Bharatanatyam items so full of vigour, grace and carefully
- Indian Express, April 17, 1971