Master of Performing Arts (MPA)

Classical Carnatic Music

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 Music focuses on imparting theoretical knowledge by introducing various fields related to music such as Indian culture, Indian Aesthetics, Physiology and Music, Physics of Music, Aspects of Musicological Texts, Sculptures, Manuscripts, Inscriptions and fundamental concepts in Indian music such as Musical Forms, Tala, Raga, and Manodharma Sangeeta. The practical aspects of the course have a focus on Karnataka Classical Music, 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 Karnataka Classical Music. 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.

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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 music are regularly organized. Fieldwork, associated with various branches of study in Music is carried out. Students are encouraged to come up with music productions, to visit and participate in events related to music such as conferences, workshops and concerts.

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
  • Identify, by listening, a wide variety of musical styles as studied in class.
  • Compare and contrast music from different musical eras using basic music terms.
  • Discuss varying musical genres using music vocabulary.
  • Use a variety of media to explore music.
  • Experience a wider variety of music, composers, artists, and performance media.
  • Plan and execute a music production.
  • Consider the complex role of music in our society and culture.
Semesters I
  • Origin and Evolution of Music
  • Compositional Forms
  • Svarajatis and Varnas
  • Samudaya Kritigalu
  • Shuddha Madhyama Ragas
  • Research Methods
Semesters II
  • History of Indian Music
  • Composers and Compositional Forms
  • Introduction to MridangaGuccha Kritigalu
  • Pratimadhyama Ragas
  • Department - Specific Elective : Music Therapy / Introduction to Indian Aesthetics
Semesters III
  • Sangita Shastra
  • Department-Specific Elective: A. Ragamalika and Vishesha Rachanegalu B. Compositions of Karnataka Composers
  • Music Production
  • Audava and Shadava Ragas
  • Open Elective
  • Mridanga Concepts
Semesters IV
  • Sangita Vijnana
  • Raga-Tana-Pallavi
  • Vidwatpurna Ragas
  • Kucheri
  • Dissertation
MPA in Music leads to great opportunities in the following professions:
  • Music Performer
  • Music Researcher
  • Musical Events Organizer
  • Music Arranger/Director
  • Playback Singer
  • Radio Jockey
  • Music Content Developer
  • Academician
  • Author of Music books/articles
  • Music Critic
  • Music Recordist