Gowri began her initial training in Bharata Natyam at the renowed Kalakshetra. She later continued her training in BharataKalanjali, under world renowed dancing duo Padmabhushan Shri V.P.Dhananjanyan & Smt.Shanta Dhananjayan.
The Dhananjayans trained in Kalakshetra and later served as performing artistes and teachers inKalakshetra. In 1968, they established their own institution, Bharata Kalanjali and trained a number of students who have now established all over the globe.
To the Dhananjayans, the realization of their art is both a philosophy and a religion. From a modest start to establishing their own dance academy, it has been a story of deep commitment, fervor and dedication. Bharata Kalanjali has emerged as a full-fledged academy of dance and music with a repertory fashioned out of its own students and graduates.
Partners on and off stage, the Dhananjayans perform with a rare togetherness, born of years as a dancing couple.
Shanta is his perfect partner in life as well as in art. Lack of conflicts in dance is a result of the mutual understanding, which has grown over the years. Dhananjayan is past 60 now, but he and Shanta still continue to enthrall audiences all over the world.
Despite dancing together for 50 years, the Dhananjayans complement each other beautifully in their personal life and manage to keep routine and boredom at bay by working on varied themes, involving themselves in different projects, collaborations and workshops apart from being totally involved in guiding their students’ recitals.