Saturday, September 28
Shakespeare Theatre Company's
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St NW
Shanta and VP Dhananjayan (dancers). Opening performance by Dakshina
Shanta and V.P.Dhananjayan - are a phenomenon in the field of Bharata Natyam. Deservedly, they have both been bestowed the prestigious Padma Bhushan (presidential award) for their outstanding contribution in this sphere. The unique couple, who complement each other perfectly, have been steeped in classicism and are yet willing to explore the new without compromising on tradition. At age 70 and 74, Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan have distilled the essence of emotions into their dancing. Each gesture and expression speaks volumes. They have illumined the national and international scene of Bharata Natyam for the past four decades.