The Dhananjayans honored at Natyanjali Dance Festival 2006

November 14, 2006  

Natyanjali 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. 

This event 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.