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The Dhananjayans: Meet The Coolest Grandparents


“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” —Rudy Giuliani

Do you remember the young-at-heart couple, Asha and Bala? A few years ago, Vodafone released a series of advertisements on the theme 'make the most of now'! It became immensely popular as it featured an elderly couple enjoying life to its fullest. Yes, we are talking about the adorable Bharatanatyam dancing duo – CP Shanta and Vannadil Pudiyaveettil Dhananjayan! On public demand, they returned to the Vodafone advertisement in 2019 with the slogan ‘live more’ which also sums up their philosophy for life.

The advertisements, that portray the couple chilling out in Goa, parasailing and getting tattoos, opening a new restaurant and learning a new technology, brought a smile to many as it touched a chord with viewers.

Popularly, known as Dhananjayans, this affable couple has been winning hearts ever since. When we met them for an exclusive interview, their zest for life was instantly infectious. It was a pleasure listening to their many interesting anecdotes about life in general and on grandparenthood. We were all ears when they discussed their only grandchild with much affection.

In this ClipBook, we have curated some images from their life as they play real-life ‘thatha-ajji' to their 14-year-old grandchild Samartha.

On the occasion of Grandparent's Day, ParentCircle magazine features a heart-touching interview with the Dhananjayans. Flip through the pages of the ClipBook to get a glimpse of their life and the bond they share with their grandchild. To read the full story about the Padma Bhushan awardees Shanta and VP Dhananjayan, pick up the September edition of ParentCircle, now available on the stands. 


Connecting With Generation Next

VP and Shantha Dhananjayan are fond of their only grandchild Samartha. They recount the precious moments leading to his birth, in an exclusive interview with ParentCircle.

Performance Par Excellence

Dance and stage shows still keep the elderly couple busy. They have appeared in the hugely popular Vodafone advertisement as Asha and Bala, an elderly couple who enjoy life to the T.

Family Time

The Dhananjayans believe in giving space to their children and grandchildren. Over the years, it has helped them forge a beautiful equation with their dear ones. They reveal more in an exclusive interview in the ParentCircle print magazine.

Dancing Away To Glory

This acclaimed couple was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2009 for their contribution to Bharatanatyam dance.

Bonding With Grandchild Samartha

Do you know the strange connection between mutton biriyani and Shanta Dhananjayan? Read about this interesting story in our September edition of ParentCircle magazine.

Spreading Joy All Over With Art

Want to know what their grandchild Samartha thinks about his cool Achacha and Achamma? Pick up our September edition.

Appreciating The Little Joys Of Life

Dhananjayans are known for their love for art and finer things in life. They have travelled extensively for their dance performances, and performed before eminent personalities and as part of several important events.

With Their Furry Friends

The Dhananjayans are fond of their furry friends. They are the proud parents of three dogs. But there is something about the dogs that irks VP Dhananjayan. Read the story behind this in our September edition of the magazine.

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