This week’s ‘Gnyaayiru Kaalai 10 Manikku 10 Kelvigal‘ features an exclusive Interview with V. P Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan, popularly known as the Dhananjayans – Padma Awardee Bharatanatyam Gurus.
They have been known as one of the most legendary ‘Natya’ couples in India, with a long, illustrious career spanning more than five decades.
They stole the thunder with their novel ideas that they bring to their presentations through a unique repertoire that they have developed.
The vitality of dance, their costumes, the attraction of merging of the male and female dance principles in specially conceived duets are all part of the charisma of their performances.
They left Kalakshetra in the late 1960s, wanting to carve a career for themselves, in a dance scene that was dominated by the wealthy, and started their own Dance Academy Bharata Kalanjali, now Internationally recognized as a premier institution for Bharatanatyam.
The Dhananjayans place particular emphasis on imparting Indian tradition and culture to their Bharatanatyam students.
In this Exclusive Interview with tamilnaadulive, the Dhanajayans share their perspective about significant aspects of Bharatanatyam in today’s context and interesting incidents from their long and illustrious career.