MPA in Classical Dance (Bharatanatya)

Why take this course?

The post-graduate curriculum of MPA in Dance (Bharatanatya) 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 Bharatanatya classical dance form, with the emphasis on creating an awareness of the holistics 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 established in the year 2009 at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) 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 Bharatanatya. 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.

What will I experience?

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.

What opportunities might it lead to?

MPA in Dance leads to great opportunities in the following professions-

  • Performer
  • Researcher
  • Academician
  • Author
  • Critic
  • Organiser
  • Choreographer
  • Actor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Director
  • Dance Content Developer

Degree Awarded

Master of Performing Arts

Course Commencement

June 2020


Minimum 8 years of training in Bharatanatya (for dance) along with a Bachelors Degree in any field.

Study Campus

Admissions Office

Curriculum Structure & Teaching

The Master’s Program spans 4 semesters (2 academic years). Each semester covers theory and practical syllabi. The program also offers skill enhancement electives, Department-Specific Electives and General Electives which covers a plethora of topics. The students are also trained in communication and presentation skills through class presentations and assignments. The students are trained in impactful performances and choreography techniques by class room productions, dance drama productions, individual and ensemble concerts and practical lessons and also hone effective analytical and writing skills while they work on their Masters dissertation.

Curriculum Structure

I Semester
  • Deshi Prabheda
  • Natyanushasana
  • Nrittopakrama
  • Nritya Praveshika
  • Abhinayonmesha
  • Abhyaasa Gaana
II Semester
  • Deshi Vividhata
  • Natyatatvabhodini
  • Nrittaprakriya
  • Nrityanga Sangama
  • Abhinayonmesha
  • Research Methods
III Semester
  • Rasa Sarvasva
  • Nrityotkarsha
  • Pratibha Sparsha
  • Natyodjhrumbana
  • Vishva Ranga Adhyana
  • Vangmaya Vilasa
  • Bharatiya Samskriti
  • Indian Art Appreciation
IV Semester
  • Nrityasadhanasampatti
  • Nrityollasa
  • Tauryatrika
  • Karanottejana
  • Abhinayottejana
  • Taalottejana
  • Project Work + Viva Voce


Teaching and Assessment

A variety of engaging teaching methods like workshops, lectures, projects and seminars, are conducted from time to time at Jain (Deemed-to-be University). Our highly knowledgeable professors always make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours and help the students to bring out the best in them. The faculty makes it a point of connecting with their students to create a fulfilling academic experience.

How are you assessed?

While pursuing this course you will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment including:

  • Internal Assessment Tests
  • Continuous Assessments
  • Preparatory Examination
  • End Semester Examination
  • Assignments and Presentations