and IASA (Indian Association of San Antonio) jointly honored the legendary
Bharatanatyam couple Dhananjayan and Shanta with the title of 'NATYAACHARYA'
in recognition of their services in the propagation of the classical Indian
performing arts traditions. The honorable title was conferred upon the
Dhananjayans on the occasion of the Natyanjali Dance Festival, San Antonio,
TX, in collaboration with IASA, which presented the theatrical production
‘Ekantha Seetha’ produced by the Cleveland Cultural Alliance on Saturday,
November 11, 2006.
took place at the Jo Long Performing Arts Theater of the Carver Cultural
Center where the Dhananjayans gave their very first performance in San
Antonio, TX, 20 plus years ago. The Dhananjayans also conducted their very
first Bharatanatyam workshop in San Antonio under the auspices of Natyanjali
Center for Performing Arts founded by Bana Ramanath. On the occasion, while
Bana Ramanath read the citation, Mr. Saumil Shah, president of IASA presented
the plaque to a standing ovation by the audience.
Guru V P Dhananjayan
received the honor while Guru Shanta was not present on the occasion. On
behalf of IASA, Mr. Saumil Shah also presented a plaque to Natyanjali for
Outstanding Services to the Community in: Cultural Ambassadorship, Arts
Education and Community Involvement.