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Master of Performing Arts(MPA)

Course Duration

4 Semesters
(2 Years)

Eligibility Criteria

A graduate in any degree from a recognized University along with any Govt conducted Examination certificate in Karnataka (or an equivalent body from other states)/ A minimum of 5 years of learning experience from a reputed dance institution or guru/ An undergraduate in Dance.

Selection Process: An entrance exam & interview will be conducted (The dates will be communicated upon acceptance of application)


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Master of Performing Arts (MPA) in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, and Odissi is a unique 2-year postgraduate programme that focuses on training of dance practitioners both from theory and the practical perspectives involving intense research sessions.

What Makes The Programme Unique?

Typically designed for dance practitioners who have undergone intensive training in their specific dance form for at least 5 years.

A dedicated full-time course that offers teaching under full-time faculty for both theory and practical knowledge.

Well-equipped teaching aids and intricately framed syllabus that is unparalleled.

Holistic development of the dancer is the prime concern.

Course Curriculum

01Dance History

02Natya Shastra and Performing Arts

03Practical – 1

  • Fundamentals of Bharathanatyam (skill development )
  • Fundamentals of Bharathanatyam (skill development )
  • Fundamentals of Dance Mohiniyattam (skill development )
  • Fundamentals of Dance Kathak (skill development )
  • Fundamentals of Carnatic Music (skill development )
  • Fundamentals Of Hindustani Music (skill development )
  • Fundamental of Acting in Theatre (skill development )

04Practical – 2

  • Bharatanatyam (Innovation)
  • Kuchipudi (Innovation)
  • Mohiniyattam (Innovation)
  • Kathak (Innovation)
  • Carnatic Music (Innovation)
  • Hindustani Music (Innovation)
  • Design in Theater and Acting Advance I (Entrepreneurship)

05Practical – 3

  • Bharatanatyam (skill development)
  • Kuchipudi (skill development)
  • Kathak (skill development)
  • Carnatic Music (skill development)
  • Design in Theater and Major Production (entrepreneurship)

06Music Practical

  • Music - 1

01Art History and Choreography

02Traditional theatres of India and Western ballet

03Practical – 4

  • Bharatanatyam (skill development)
  • Kuchipudi (skill development)
  • Carnatic Vocal (skill development)
  • Political Theatre (skill development)

04Practical – 5

  • Bharathanatyam (innovation)
  • Kuchipudi (innovation)
  • Carnatic Vocal (innovation)
  • Theatre Acting Advance III (innovation)

05Practical – 6

  • Bharathanatyam (skill development)
  • Kuchipudi (skill development)
  • Carnatic Vocal (skill development)
  • Theatre (skill development)

06Music Practical

  • Music - 2
  • MOOC/Swayam

07Natya Sastra Practical (skill development)

08Concert Paper (innovation)

01Aesthetics in Dance, Ashtanayika and Navarasa

02Research Methodology and Theatre craft (IPR/skill development)

03Desi traditions and Medieval texts on Dance and Dance Writing

04Practical – 7

  • Concert Paper

05Practical – 8

  • Kuchipudi
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Mohiniattam
  • Odissi
  • Kathak

06Practical – 9

  • Kuchipudi
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Mohiniattam
  • Odissi
  • Kathak

07Open Elective

  • Music Practical
  • Open Elective (Sanskrit)

01Dance and Music in temples

02Evolution of Kuchipudi

03Evolution of Bharatanatyam

04Evolution of Mohiniattam

05Evolution of Odissi

06Evolution of Kathak

07Practical – 10

  • Kuchipudi
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Mohiniattam
  • Odissi
  • Kathak

08Practical – 11

  • Kuchipudi
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Mohiniattam
  • Odissi
  • Kathak

09Practical – 12

  • Group Choreography


  • Field Trip (Skill Development)
  • Dissertation (IPR)
  • Internship

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)


Prospective Employment and Career Prospects-Become a professional performer (Dancer/Musician/Actor) with strong ethics & communication skills.


Research -Pursue research in reputed art institutes and centres of eminence at national & international level. Students will describe a range of techniques related to performing arts and rhetorical strategies used in texts, including their relationship to audience, purpose and cultural contexts.


Entrepreneurship/Artepreneurship- Establish dance institutes/studios and to work as entrepreneurs/Artepreneurs with an ability to develop new projects and choreographic works.


Continuous Learning-Adapt lifelong learning with continuous improvement by expanding the skill-set in response to a changing environment and new developments.

Programme Outcomes (POs)

PO 1 Performing Arts knowledge

Apply the knowledge of Performing Arts, World Dance History, Art History, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, Dance History and Cultural History for the solution of complex problems in various domains of life sciences including the cultural, societal, and anthropological concerns.

PO 2 Problem analysis

Identify, formulate and analyze problems related to the various domains of Performing Arts such as technical aspects of performing arts, ancient Sanskrit treatises, movement analysis, historical timelines, Indian cultural heritage and various branches of art and architecture.

PO 3 Conduct investigations of complex problems

Use research-based knowledge including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information related to any problems in the field of Performing arts to provide valid conclusions.

PO 4 Design complex choreography/art projects

Create, design, compose, choreograph and critically evaluate dance choreography, music composition or a theatrical project with a professional approach.

PO 5 Modern tool usage

To create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern technology for theatre/dance and music productions which in turn benefit the audience.

PO 6 Ethics:

Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms in performing arts field.

PO 7 Individual and team work:

Perform/Act effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.

PO 8 Communication:

Communicate effectively with the artiste’s fraternity and with society at large. Be able to comprehend and write effective reports and documentation. Make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

PO 9 Art management and finance:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Performing Arts and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team. Manage art projects in multidisciplinary environments.

PO 10 Life-long learning:

Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Programme Specific Outcomes

After successful completion of the programme, graduates shall be able to:

  • PSO1 - Visualise, create, design and critically Analyse dance, music and theatre projects.
  • PSO2 - Apply appropriate performing arts techniques and produce high quality productions and expressions of art.
  • PSO3 - Use higher order critical, analytical skills to solve a new problem in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields of Performing Arts.

Career Opportunities

  • Researcher
  • Academician
  • Artepreneur (Arts Entrepreneur)
  • Sound and Lighting Technician/Expert
  • Costume Designer
  • Choreographer
  • Nattuvanar
  • Composer