The Dhananjayans’ Dance Academy Bharata Kalanjali Celebrates
Their Golden Jubilee
Octobe 2, 2018: Bharata Kalanjali (BK), the dance academy run by the legendary dance couple VP Dhananjayan and Shantha Dhananjayan celebrated their golden jubilee “Swarna Samarohanam” today at Sir Venkata Subba Rao Auditorum, Chennai.
It was a day-long celebration of “Natya” with several Bharata Kalanjali alumni and students presenting solo and group performances.
“Nritya Tarangini” a special dance production presented by the Bharata Kalanjali alumni and students showcased the journey of the dance school in these 50 years. This was followed by an award ceremony where musicians, dancers, technicians and make-up artists, who have been part of the BK family, were recognized for their contribution to BK’s journey and the performing arts.
Veteran exponent to for Bharatnatyam Vyjayanthi Mala Bali and Former Minster for Education and Cultural Affairs (Kerala), MA Baby were the guests of honour for the evening.
About Bharata Kalanjali and the Dhananjayans
Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan have carved themselves a unique place in the field of Bharatanatyam. A made for each other couple on and off stage, they have been shining stars in the national and international scene of Bharatanatyam for nearly six decades. While adhering to the strict classicism of the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam, they have explored new themes and movements without compromising on tradition.
In 1968, they founded Bharata Kalanjali in Chennai. Since then, countless talented artistes have emerged from this institution and they, in turn, continue to impart what they have learnt to their students in different parts of the world. With their uncompromising pursuit of perfection, high regard for Bharatiya Samskriti values and commitment to their art, the Dhananjayans have been role models for the younger generation.
Apart from solos, the Dhananjayans have produced and choreographed many stellar group presentations. In recognition of their versatility and talent, the Dhananjayans have been honored with numerous awards in their eventful career - Padma Bhushan (2009), Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu, The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Fellowship of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy, Nrithya Choodamani of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, the Madras Music Academy's Sangeeta Kala Acharya, Swathi Puraskar from the Malayalee Club and the World Peace Award from Chinmoy Foundation of USA, to name a few.
Credits & Keywords: Bharat Kalanjali, VP Dhananjayan, Shanta Dhanjajayan, Golden Jubilee, Sir Venkata Subba Rao Auditorum, Chennai
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