Dhananjayan felicitated on his 70th birthday at Austin, TX 

October 23, 2008 
At a glittering function in Austin, Texas, the internationally renowned dancer couple V P Dhananjayan and Shantha Dhananjayan were felicitated on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Fine Arts Auditorium of the Travis High School, Austin. This is the 70th birthday year for V P Dhananjayan, 60 years of dancing and 40th anniversary of their institution Bharatakalanjali in Chennai. 

Dhananjayan presented a traditional Bharatanatyam Maargam featuring the best of their 50 years of choreographic excellence. He was accompanied by Shantha Dhananjayan and his senior disciple Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, the director of Yogaville Center for Bharatanatyam at Virginia. The program lasted for 150 minutes instead of the advertised 90 minutes because of the enthusiastic response of the audience. 

They performed seven pieces from their repertoire of choreography but the master piece was Varugalaamo Ayya when he described how a low born Nandanar craves for worshipping Lord Nataraja, but he is not allowed into the temple precincts for him to get a close vision of the Lord. He brought the audience to tears with his unique bhavam and facial expressions. Dasavatharam in Raagamilka and the Ennathavam Saidanai were also executed magnificently. 

At the end of the performance Dr. A Nagarajan, President of India Fine Arts which has been sponsoring and promoting performing artists from India in the Central Texas area, conferred the title of  Nrithya Samrat on V P Dhananjayan and Nrithya Sagaram on Shantha Dhananjayan. It was indeed a memorable evening for the Central Texans.