Known to be one of the oldest dance forms in India, Bharatanatyam is an enchanting dance form that does its bit in prodigiously captivating viewers. A form with unmatched elegance and style, mastering the art can be a far cry at first; but, with the right approach and guidance, the tight ends can be tackled and Bharatanatyam can be mastered after all. Since ancient times, the art form of Bharatanatyam has taken centre stage in popular temple events and courtrooms. The present day has continually witnessed the rising popularity of Bharatanatyam in various parts of India. What makes Baharatanatyam stand out from other dance forms is the depth in expression, vivid costumes and rhythmic dance steps that are impressively unique. In fact, it would be unfair if we ignored the fact that Bharatanatyam has given dance a new dimension altogether.

Qualification: Open, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Post-Diploma

Additional Costs: Costumes and Bells.


Kathak (Sanskrit: कथक) is one of the major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha meaning "story", and kathaka in Sanskrit means "he who tells a story". Kathak evolved during the Bhakti movement incorporating stories from Hindu mythology.

Stylistically, Kathak dance emphasises rhythmic foot movements harmonised to the music. The legs and torso are generally straight, and the story is told through a developed vocabulary based on the gestures of arms and upper body movement, facial expressions, stage movements, bends and turns.

It transitioned, adapted and integrated the tastes of the Mughal courts in the 16th and 17th century. It was reborn as India gained independence and sought to rediscover its ancient roots and a sense of national identity through the arts.

Qualification: Open, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Post-Diploma

Additional Costs: Costumes and Bells


Odissi is widely practiced dance form in India and has its roots in the state of Orissa. On the basis of archeological evidences, Odissi is known to be the oldest classical dance form in India. Although subdued during the British era, Odissi has been subject to formidable reconstruction and is widely appreciated today.

Urbi Basu - Watching the renowned Odissi dancers Urbi Basu succumbed to the charms of Odissi at an early age and started her training under Guru Poushali Mukherjee at Padatik School of Music and Dance, in Kolkata. Right from the beginning she was noticed by her teacher who started including her at various performances.

Thus she gained exposure and experience and was chosen to perform at very prestigious venues by the legendary Odissi maestro, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. His encouragement and teaching was invaluable to Urbi's progress.

After moving to London she kept in touch with her trainer Guru Poushali Mukherjee and attended regular workshops and continued to teach, compose and choreograph.

When Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, a very capable exponent of the same Gharana, started teaching Odissi in London Urbi renewed regular training and was handed over the responsibility to teach at Bhavan in April 2011.


Kuchipudi - one of the most vibrant and beautiful Indian classical dance styles form Andhra Pradesh.

Arunima Kumar is an award winning Kuchipudi performer, choreographer and teacher based in London. She is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskaar for Kuchipudi from Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sahitya Kala Parishad scholarship for dance. She has performed in over 35 countries and is the Artistic director of her dance company - Arunima Kumar Dance Company (AKDC).

Come learn Kuchipudi at London's Home of Indian Arts........ The Bhavan

Classes begin November 2016

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