for the Dhananjayans at Natya Dhaara in Atlanta, GA
dance teacher, Uma Aunty (Uma Pulendran) told us her gurus, V.P Dhananjayan
and Shanta Dhananjayan were coming and that we were going to have a reception.
We were thrilled and happy to be given an opportunity to dance a 'Thillana'.
When everyone arrived Uma Aunty's guru asked someone to sing. Everyone
was reluctant and gave excuses saying they forgot the words of the song.
They told us when you learn any art you never forget. When you start you
will remember. They encouraged us to sing and they sang with us.
They gave some advice saying one hour of class isn't enough. You should
practice at home also.
They said, the following day they were going to
Yogaville in Virginia where they conduct a summer camp for the past 20
We started the dance performance with a Ganesh song followed
by the 'Madhurashtakam' and then the 'Thillana' and received their blessings.
They called some of the other students and asked them to do some steps.
We would always cherish this moment for having the opportunity to perform
in front o f such great teachers.
Finally everyone had yummy refreshments.
Dharani Balakumar and Dhakshi Balakumar , 2nd and 3rd Graders of
Creek View Elementary school respectively and Bharatanatyam students of