felicitated in Kerala on receiving Padma Bhushan
March 23, 2009
gurus Shanta and Dhananjayan were given a civic reception at Payyanur on
February 16, 2009 by the Muncipality and people of the township.
Payyanur bazaar wore a festive look with ceremonial instruments (panchavaadyam)
and a huge procession leading the Dhananjayans to the Gandhi Park. Local
politicians and several other important personalities were present to felicitate
the Padma Bhushan awardees. Dhananjayan is the first Padma awardee in Kannur
district and the citizens shared their pride and joy with the couple.
On the previous day (Feb 15), relatives around the village gathered and
gave a rousing reception at Dhananjayan's father's house (Athayil veedu).
At Chittur on
8 Feb 2009, the Dancing Duo were affectionately felicitated at Cherubala
Nalukettu by the proud family members. Later at a public function at Chittur
Tattamangalam Municipality celebrating their Centenary this year, Kerala
Assembly Speaker honored and felicitated the Dhananjayans.
reception at Payyanur
a public function at Chittur Tattamangalam Municipality
T K Chandu Panikkar Samskarika Saahiti, Trikkaripur, where Dhananjayan
had spent his early days, the whole village gathered there to give a rousing
welcome to the Dhananjayans. The main attraction was their favourite Lakshmi
Gopalaswamy, Malayalam film actress and Bharatanatyam dancer. Congress
leader Kunjanbu presided and gave away mementos to the Dhananjayans.
On March 5, 2009,
Kerala Kalamandalam University Vice Chancellor Dr. KG Paulose, staff and
students gave a heart warming reception to Shanta and Dhananjayan. In the
morning, they had an interactive session with Post-graduate students and
Mohiniattam Professor Leelamma, Kathakali maestro MPS Nambuthiri and others.
at Kerala Kalamandalam University
On March 7,
2009 at Payyanur, the birth place of Dhananjayan, the celebrated film lyricist,
music composer and Malayalam poet Kaithapram Damodran Nambuthiri gave a
memento to The Dhananjayans in the precinct of the famous Payyanur Subramania
Saahiti headed by Prof. Mohamad Ahmad in the District headquarter (Kannur)
felicitated The Dhananjayans in a befitting manner. District Congress
President Ramakrishnan and several other Congress dignitaries spoke on
the occasion and expressed their pride and happiness in a couple from their
region getting the prestigious Padma Award. While Dhananjayan is
from Payyanur (Kannur dist), Shanta is from Chittur (Palakkad Dist). Shanta's
grandfather's home is in Kannur.
at Kannur Saamskaarika Saahiti
Smaraka Library also felicitated the Padma Bhushan awardees. One of the
best libraries in Kerala (Sanjayan Smaaraka Vaayana Saala), Poet laureate
Sanjay Memorial Library trustees and the reader members gave a touching
welcome to the Dhananjayans, sharing a proud moment in their life.
colleagues share the Padma Bhushan honour with pride. These artistes,
classmates of the Dhananjayans, literally grew up in Kalakshetra. Kalakshetra
has also grown with them. That period was the golden period of Kalakshetra
when Rukmini Devi composed her best productions. All of them contributed
much to the popularity of the Kalakshetra dance drama productions, especially
the Ramayana series. The amazing camaraderie between them continue to be
an inspirational phenomena for the younger generation of artistes, both
in and outside Kalakshetra.
at Annur Sanjay Smaraka Library