The Dhananjayans (Shanta and Dhananjayan) have made an indelible mark in the art and cultural map of Bhaarata. During the last five decades they have made immeasurable contributions to the performing arts in India. Especially their paths breaking aesthetic approach to Bharatanatyam repertoire and presentations have won world acclaims. Their dance productions are trend setting milestones in the annals of Indian dance history and often described as "in step with tradition innovations ahead of their time...
The Dhananjayans Bharatanatyam technique seems as ancient as Naatya Saastra and as modern as a New Yorker... Yet very communicative and heart touching expressions that surpass time and space..." a connoisseur critic's remark on this legendary couple.
They have inspired many artists and students alike. Recently awarded (2004) 'Swati Ratna' title and honour from the Malayalee Club of Madras (Estd 1897) is yet another valuable jewel in their crown of fame.