Master of Performing Arts (MPA)

Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam)

Program code: 041
Course Commencement : Sep 2022

The qualification required to apply for the program is a minimum of 50% marks in the respective bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. Students who are pursuing final year bachelor’s program are also eligible to apply.

Study Campus

School of Humanities & Social Sciences
#1/1-1, Atria Towers, Palace Road
Bengaluru - 560001
P+ 91 80 46498300

Admissions Office

JGI Knowledge Campus
#44/4, District Fund Road
Jayanagar 9th Block Campus
Bangalore - 5600 69
P+ 91 80 46650128
P+ 91 76 76386870

The post-graduate curriculum of MPA in Dance (Bharatanatyam) focuses on imparting theoretical knowledge by introducing various fields related to dance such as Indian Culture, Indian Aesthetics, Art History, Aspects of Indology, Literature, Sculptures, Manuscripts, Epigraphs, Traditional Dance Drama Theatres, Contemporary Classical Dance Forms, Folk Dance and Theatre Traditions, World Dance and Theatre Traditions and other resources such as fundamental concepts in Indian Music and aspects of proscenium stage. The practical knowledge focuses on the repertoire Bharatanatyam classical dance form, with the emphasis on creating an awareness of the holistic of the aesthetics of Indian art.

The discipline of Performing Arts is one of the most important fields of study in Humanities. The Department of Performing Arts was established in 2009 at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) and is engaged in preserving the traditions of performing arts by offering courses, researching and documenting along with imparting a holistic and specialized training. The Department currently offers a Postgraduate Program in Bharatanatyam. In addition to these, M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses are offered as well. The vision of the department is to become an internationally renowned center for preserving, performing and propagating different performing traditions pertaining to art forms.

  • Innovative and Learning Practice

    Jain (Deemed-to-be University) places importance on quality and value when it comes to academics and is committed to providing students with knowledge and skills that are in demand, besides offering opportunities to learn a variety of new concepts and skills.

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    Well–equipped digital classrooms, e-library, and state-of the-art-infrastructure are offered to create a unique academic ambience. Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has a multi-disciplinary approach to provide cutting edge quality education to students and enhance discipline, integrity, and the ability to think innovatively. The University aims to create future leaders, who can be the driving force in the society.

  • Career Development Opportunities

    At Jain (Deemed-to-be University), students can build academic networks through seminars, conferences, University-Industry interface, study-tours, student-exchange programs, and internships that bring endless opportunities to create great career paths.

  • Further Study Guidelines

    Programs at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) offer a strong basic foundation for further studies encouraging your passion to cater to human development as well as the changing industry and social needs.

Course Highlights

A blend of both conventional techniques and modern technology used in the courses equips the student in practical learning. Lectures and workshops by experts in the field of dance and music are regularly organized. Fieldwork, training in handicrafts associated with dance is facilitated. Students are encouraged to come up with dance productions, to visit and participate in events related to dance such as conferences, workshops and concerts. At the end of the course, the student will be able to-

  • Understand and appreciate different forms of dance traditions of India and the world, in connection with the aesthetics, philosophy and cultural backgrounds through history.
  • Carry out independent research.
  • Plan and execute impactful solo concert and group productions.
  • The students will be confident researchers and entrepreneurs as freelance performers and choreographers.
Semesters I
  • Deshi Prabheda
  • Natyanushasana
  • Nrittopakrama
  • Nritya Praveshika
  • Abhinayonmesha
  • Abhyaasa Gaana
Semesters II
  • Deshi Vividhata
  • Natyatatvabhodini
  • Nrittaprakriya
  • Nrityanga Sangama
  • Rasabhinaya
  • Research Methods
Semesters III
  • Rasa Sarvasva
  • Dept. Specific Elective : Vishva Ranga Adhyana / Vangmaya Vilasa / Bharatiya Samskriti
  • Nrityotkarsha
  • Pratibha Sparsha
  • Natyodjhrumbana
  • Open Elective
Semesters IV
  • Nrityasadhanasampatti
  • Dept. Specific Elective : Karanottejana / Abhinayottejana / Taalottejana
  • Nrityollasa
  • Tauryatrika
  • Dissertation
MPA in Dance leads to great opportunities in the following professions:
  • Performer
  • Researcher
  • Academician
  • Author
  • Critic
  • Organizer
  • Choreographer
  • Actor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Dance Content Developer