The Dhananjayans receive Integral Yoga  International Lifetime Achievement Award  
and title of  Satchidananda Natya Choodamani 
August 4, 2008 

Swami Asokananda (President) and Swami Karunananda (Vice-President) of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia, conferred the distinguished honors of Integral Yoga International's Lifetime Achievement Award and the title of 'Satchidananda Natya Choodamani' upon the legendary Bharatanatyam couple of Chennai, V P Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhanajayan on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Natya Adyayana Gurukulam of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville.  

These distinguished artistes have been conducting the Gurukulam each summer in USA since 1989. Children from around the country take part in the Gurukulam in which they receive training in the classical Bharatanatyam system along with the "3Ds" (discipline, devotion and dedication) imparted by His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of IY International. 
The award and title were conferred upon The Dhananjayans: "In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Natya Adyayana Gurukulam of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville and in recognition of a lifetime as exemplars of the ideals of Discipline, Devotion and Dedication; for serving as cultural ambassadors from Bharata Varsha to the USA and throughout the world as masters of the spiritual art form of Bharatanatyam; and as outstanding artistes and educators planting seeds of inspiration, culture and hope for future generations." 
Other awards conferred the same evening were to Fine Arts Society founder Rukmini Rasiah who received the Integral Yoga International Lifetime Achievement Award and title of 'Guru Seva Ratna' as well as Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Natya director of the Fine Arts Society. Padmarani Rasiah Cantu received the Integral Yoga International Award of Excellence and title of 'Satchidananda Kala Ratna.'