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 Kathak teaching duo who trained as students at The Bhavan under Guru Shri Abhay Shankar Mishra. Dedicated to the Guru Shishya Parampara (Teacher - Discipline Tradition), they started teaching at The Bhavan from September 2017 under his continued guidance. Deepika Kathrani presented her Kathak Rang Manch Pravesh in June 2012 and Dhiya Arora in April 2014.  

Having performed in various Kathak productions in the UK and India including prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, House of Commons and Kathak Vistaar, they both bring over 10 years combined experience as performers and teachers. They aim to ignite strength, self-discipline, knowledge, passion, and expression through the classical methods of Kathak practice.

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