About Darpan

Kathak is an ancient North Indian dance style that was first performed in the temples of India as a form of worship. Kathak derived its name from the word Katha meaning story .This story telling dance has been modified and influenced through the passage of time. Mesmerizing , vibrant and beautiful with swirling movements, lightning quick pirouettes, its sudden poses, the rapid stamping of feet, and the subtle gestures.

Since its inception in 2009, Darpan has dedicated its work to being a premier institute dedicated to the art of Kathak, one of the eight classical dance forms of India. Under the visionary leadership of Creative Director Smt. Shika Mohanlall Harrypaul, the institute offers an exceptional educational experience for both beginners and seasoned dancers. Smt. Harrypaul is a registered member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), an internationally recognized examinations board that operates in 59 countries. This affiliation allows Darpan Kathak Studio to provide students with the opportunity to earn globally recognized certifications in Kathak, from primary to vocational levels. Committed to delivering the highest standard of dance education, Darpan Kathak Studio nurtures the passion and skills of Kathak enthusiasts, helping them achieve excellence in this intricate and expressive art form.

The fire of our culture has become a struggle to keep alive in our lives due to the bombardment of western influences that over shadow our proud classical arts. Kathak is not only a dance form but a spiritual medium toiled with the passion to express.

Darpan Dance Studios endeavors  to continue their work as disciples of Kathak in Gauteng. Besides being taught the art of dance, students are also natured individually on how to manage a performance as a Solo Artist. Known for it highly disciplined approach, emphasis on perfection and importance of technique, our aim in to introduce aspiring students through programmes wherein they participate and exhibit their talents. Students follow a syllabus laid down by Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).