Kathak, a north Indian classical dance form, can be traced back to 2000 years and is referred to in the ancient Sanskrit text of performing arts by Bharata Muni, called ‘Natya Shastra’. The term Kathak is derived from Vedic Sanskrit word Katha meaning "story", and kathaka meaning "he who tells a story". Its origin is attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers, who communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs, and music in a manner similar to early Greek theatre. Kathak is found in three distinct forms, called "gharanas", named after the cities where the Kathak dance tradition evolved – Jaipur, Banaras and Lucknow.

Levels Taught: Foundation, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Post-Diploma

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Dhiya Arora

Deepika Kathrani

Deepika Kathrani and Dhiya Arora are a Kathan teaching duo trained and led by the Guru Shishya Parampara (Teacher - Discipline Tradition) under the continued guidance and blessing of Guru Shri Abhay Shankar Mishra.

Deepika Kathrani attained her Post Diploma in Kathak with a Distinction at The Bhavan, London in 2010 and went on to present her Kathak Rang Manch Pravesh in June 2012 in the presence of Dr. Kumkum Dhar. She has performed as part of several Kathak productions and tours presented across the UK and India, such as Kathak Vistaar. 

Dhiya Arora presented her Kathak Rang Manch Pravesh in April 2014 in the presence of Smt. Vibha Dhadeech and subsequently went on to attain her Kathak Post Diploma with a First in 2015. She has performed in various Kathak productions in and around the UK, including prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and House of Commons.

Together, they began at The Bhavan London in September 2017, hoping to offer students all of the riches Kathak has to offer. They believe that without a Guru, the artistic journey of a Shishya is like a dewdrop without an ocean. As such, the depths of the Guru-Shishya Parampara are encouraged and explored through classical methods of Kathak study; igniting strength, self-discipline, knowledge, passion, and expression through dance.

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