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The beauty of Chennai is that everybody comes here for the Margazhi festival: Dhananjayans
- Ashish Ittyerah Joseph, Times of India, 9 July 2018
"Be a Bharatiya. Not Indian but Bharatiya. Embrace everybody in oneness."
Interview with the Dhananjayans
- Shriya Dasgupta, The Telegraph in Schools, Jul 9-15, 2018
Delving deep into aesthetics
Bharatnatyam gurus Shantha and VP Dhanajayan conducted an edifying
workshop where intricate nuances of the dance form were expertly etched.
- Tapati Chowdhurie, The Statesman, June 9, 2018
The Dhananjayans' steps to excellence
- V.V. Ramani, The Hindu, May 17, 2018
Mayura Naatyaanjali festival (Sivaratri festival) under the auspices of
Saptaswarangal Arakattalai -Mayiladuthurai(Mayavaram) was held in
'Mayuranathar Aalayam (big temple) on 10th February 2018. Naatyaachaarya
V.P.Dhananjayan inaugurated the 12th year Naatyaanjali festival
presided by Honourable Justice R. Subrahmaniam (Chennai High Court).
Dhananjayan opened the inaugural function by performing "Naatyaanjali" a
Bharatanaatyam opening item composed in 1968 and obliging to the public
request he performed a Padam 'varugalaamo ayya' from Nandanar Charitam
of Gopalakrishna Bhaarati.
The event was not a planned one (extempore) Dhananjayan sought the help
of available accompanists there. Kum.Samanyutha Sasidharan and her
mother sang Naatyaanjali and did Nattuvangam competently and Vidwan
Gomathinayakam sang the Padam Varugalamo Ayya, just following the
'Abhinaya' of Dhananjayan on the spot. Vidwan Viswanathan
accompanied on Mridangam competently and the big crowd of rasikas
assembled applauded enthusiastically.
The Mayura Naatyaanjali organisation honoured Dhananjayan with the title 'MAYURA NRITYA SAAGARAM '
‘In whatever form, work is worship’
- Ambili Ramnath, The Hindu, Thiruvananthapuram, January 25, 2018
Adorable Padma-Winning Couple Has Been Dancing Together for over 50 Years
- Anakha Arikara, thebetterindia.com, January 25, 2018
VP Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan are recognised as one of the most
legendary ‘natya’ couples in India, with a long, illustrious career
spanning more than five decades
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