Srishti - Nina Rajarani Dance School is based at the Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End, Middlesex, and provides traditional training in Bharatanatyam dance and Karnatic music from age 5 years upwards. Since 2016, Kathak dance classes have been established at the school.
The school started in 1991 and is lead by Nina Rajarani MBE who is the principal Bharatanatyam tutor at the school. Karnatic vocal is taught by Y Yadavan, and Kathak dance is taught by Parbati Chaudhury. Over the years, the school has earned itself an admirable reputation where students pride themselves upon the high standard of dancing and singing they aim to achieve. The school emphasises adherence to the classicism of Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance and Karnatic music, ensuring training with a strong foundation firmly rooted in tradition.
The school performs publically at least twice a year, allowing students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned over the year as well as giving them the opportunity to experience dancing in a performance setting outside of the classroom.
The dance school follows the Kathak and Bharatanatyam syllabi of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). Nina Rajarani MBE was the Secretary of the Classical Indian Dance Faculty of the ISTD from 1999 to 2014, has been a founder Committee Member of the Faculty and is also a Senior Bharatanatyam examiner for the ISTD. She was a core member of the steering committee that created the Bharatanatyam syllabus and has been actively involved in all syllabus revisions and updates thereafter. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Classical Indian Dance Faculty of the ISTD.
Y Yadavan teaches Karnatic vocal music at the school and regularly prepares his students for vocal examinations and public performances.