Department of
PERFORMING-ARTS,-THEATRE-STUDIES-AND-MUSIC






Syllabus for
Master of Arts (Performing Arts)
Academic Year  (2019)

 
1 Semester - 2019 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
MPA131 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - I 4 4 100
MPA132 CARNATIC MUSIC - LEVEL I 4 4 100
MPA134 INDIAN AESTHETICS 2 2 50
MPA135 SANSKRIT 2 2 50
MPA151 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - I 4 4 100
MPA152 CARNATIC MUSIC LEVEL - I 4 4 100
MPA153 NATTUVANGAM LEVEL - I 3 3 100
2 Semester - 2019 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
MEL232 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 4 4 100
MPA231 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - II 4 4 100
MPA251 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - II 4 4 100
MPA252 CARNATIC MUSIC LEVEL - II 2 2 100
MPA253 NATTUVANGAM - LEVEL II 3 3 100
MPA254 MAKE UP AND COSTUME DESIGN 2 1 50
3 Semester - 2018 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
MPA331 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - III 4 4 100
MPA351 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - III 4 4 100
MPA352 NATTUVANGAM LEVEL - III 4 3 100
MPA353 CARNATIC MUSIC LEVEL - III 6 2 100
MPA374 CHOREOGRAPHY 4 3 100
4 Semester - 2018 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
MPA431 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - IV 4 4 100
MPA432 CLASSICAL AND FOLK DANCE FORMS 4 2 100
MPA451 BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - IV 4 4 100
MPA452 CLASSICAL AND FOLK DANCE FORMS 4 2 100
MPA453 NATTUVANGAM LEVEL - II 5 3 100
MPA454 CREATIVE PRODUCTION 2 2 100
MPA481 DISSERTATION 4 3 100
        

  

Assesment Pattern

CIA I

MID SEMESTER

CIA III

END SEMESTER

Examination And Assesments

CIA I

MID SEMESTER

CIA III

END SEMESTER

Department Overview:
The Department of Performing Arts, established in 2010, initially started as a branch of the Department of Media Studies with one coordinator and two faculty members, and a mere strength of 20 students. In August 2012, it was declared as an independent department and since then, it has flourished and grown to an overall strength of 75 students, 3 permanent and 2 guest faculty members. Our very first batch graduated in the year 2013 and we aim to instill the same values in our future batches through our departmental vision and mission.
Mission Statement:
Vision ?Integrity through aesthetic performance? Mission To inspire and mentor the birth and sustained growth of performance artists who, through cultural ethos, will embody respect, humility and discipline.
Introduction to Program:
The Masters in Performing Arts is envisioned for students who have a strong base of dance and are looking for avenues beyond a performing career. The program hopes to give a structured intervention at the PG level of related aspects like writing, music, theatre and so on. The primary aim of the program is not just to help the students hone their skills of dance exclusively but also gain knowledge about the various other aspects which will help them gain an integrated sense of the art form as a whole. Thus, Bharatanatyam being the core paper, each semester will also have, alongside, papers on Carnatic Music, theatre, make up, creative movement therapy and so on.
Program Objective:
To address a spectrum of art concerns. ? To give strong base in dance, music and theatre. ? To stimulate a composite sense of art. ? To foster a blend of practical and theoretical understanding and practice in the arts. ? To enable identification and growth opportunities in chosen field of dance, music or theatre.

MPA131 - BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - I (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:60
No of Lecture Hours/Week:4
Max Marks:100
Credits:4

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

  • To provide a deeper understanding of the field.
  • To familiarize them with the various theoretical and practical aspects.

Learning Outcome

Execution of performance, skills, basic knowledge in Bharatanatyam.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:5
Performative traditions
 

Origin and tradition of theatre, music and dance over the century, analyzing the changes over time and understanding the difference between classical and folk arts.

 

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:5
Abhinaya, Nritta, Nritya, Naatya, Dharmi and Vritti
 

Introduction and explanations of 4 kinds of Abhinaya (Angika, Vachika, Aharya and Sathvika Abhinaya),detailed study on Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (related to facial expressions and emotions),naatya (the thematic performance), descriptive study of natty dharma, lokha dharma in classical dance and in dramas, evolutions of vrittis (satvathi, arabati, kaishiki and sathvathi) as in dasarupaka.

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:15
Hasta bhedas , Pada, Greeva, Shiro, Drishti
 

Asamyutha hasthas and Samyutha hasthas, Viniyogas with their meaning in detail, pada bhedas are of 4 kinds and their variations of each of them, greeva the neck movements and their usages, shiro basic head movements and their viniyogas, different types of eye movements and their usages in dance.

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:5
Lakshanas of Nayaki, Nayaka, Dhooti, Dhoota, Sakhi, Sakha
 

A systematic approach to the ashtavidha nayikas and their lakshanas. Similar approach to   nayikas with their bhava lakshana. Classification of hero’s in dance and drama according to their behavior (guna lakshanas), ubha nayakas and their bhava lakshanas, character study on dhoota, dhoti, sakhi and sakha according to their relationship with the hero’s and the heroines.

 

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:25
Manasollasa
 

NrtyaVinoda of Manasollasa – Angabhedas including Siras, Vaksa, Kati, Parsva, Hasta, Udara and Upangas

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:6
Notations and structures of items learnt in the syllabus
 

Tala structure, definition and concept of notations, importance of notation, notating the items learnt in syllabus.

 

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:5
Conributions of MylaporeGouriAmma, MeenakshisundaramPillai ,Vallathol, Uday Shankar, Rabindranath Tagore
 

 

Their works,institutions and contributions in the field of Dance.

 

Unit-8
Teaching Hours:60
Alarippu | Kauthwam | Jathiswaram | Shabdam
 

Alarippu a traditional opening number that can be performed in any one of the pancha jathi talas. Kauthwam is a combination of Nritta and nrittam fitted in any one the sapta talas mostly in eka tala. Jathiswaram- this has only pure Nritta devoid of Abhinaya, this piece opens with the rhythmic mridanga syllables followed by music notations. Shabdam – introduction to fully fledged expression with direct and simple ideas with few Nritta passage in between.

 

Text Books And Reference Books:
  1. World History of Dance                               -              Sachscurt
  2. Dictionary of Dance                                     -              Reffe, Waltav George
  3. A Bibliography of D                                     -              Beallmound Cyrill w.
  4. Art Indian                                                     -             R.K. Mukherjee
  5. Indian Classical Dance                                -             Balakrishna Menon
  6. Bharatanatyam                                            -             Dr. Sunil Kothari
  7. Indian Traditional Theatre                           -              Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan
  8. Introduction to the History of Indian Music  -             Swami Praganananda
  9. NrtyaVinoda of Manasollasa                          -           Research Thesis

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

1.       World History of Dance                               -              Sachscurt

2.       Dictionary of Dance                                     -              Reffe, Waltav George

3.       A Bibliography of D                                     -              Beallmound Cyrill w.

4.       Art Indian                                                     -             R.K. Mukherjee

5.       Indian Classical Dance                                -             Balakrishna Menon

6.       Bharatanatyam                                            -             Dr. Sunil Kothari

7.       Indian Traditional Theatre                           -              Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan

8.       Introduction to the History of Indian Music  -             Swami Praganananda

 

Evaluation Pattern

CIA -1 – Written assignment

CIA -2 – Mid Semester Examination

CIA -3 – Written assignment

MPA132 - CARNATIC MUSIC - LEVEL I (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:60
No of Lecture Hours/Week:4
Max Marks:100
Credits:4

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

  • To understand the nature of Carnatic, Hindustani and Western music.
  • Enables the student to gain deeper knowledge to specialize in one of the styles of music.

Learning Outcome

Individuals can decide the area of specialization.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Understanding of technical terms and concepts
 

Each art form has technical terms and concepts specific to it. This unit aims at introducing these terms and studying them in as much detail as is required.

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:10
Melody ? Hindustani, Carnatic and Western
 

 

An important and basic concept in music of any nature is melody. The approach to melody however is different in the three different classical music forms of the world. The emphasis is on different aspect. This unit aims to highlight this aspect.

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:5
Rhythm
 

Just as melody is one side of the coin, rhythm is another. Again the approach to this facet of music is different in the three classical styles. This unit aims to highlight the aspects important to each classical style.

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:15
Biographies- Shyama Shastri, Muttuswami Dixitar, Thyagaraja, Purandara Dasa, Beethoven, Bach, Motzart, Bhatkhande
 

Though studying and understanding of the technical terms is one way of understanding the art form, a study of the biographies of outstanding musicians helps in understanding the nuances and intricacies of each of the classical styles. This unit aims at studying the biographies of great musicians and understanding their approach to music.

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:10
All varisais | Sapta tala alankaras | Geetham (Sree gananatha) | Swarajathi (Bilahari) | Varnam (Roopama joochi) | Tana varnam (mohanam) |
 

Practicals

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:10
Jathiswaram | Shabdam |Kauthwam
 

Practicals

Text Books And Reference Books:
  1. Indian Music series - By Dr.S.V.Leela, The Bharathi Gana Nilayam
  2. Splendor of South Indian Music - P.T.Chelladurai
  3. South Indian Music - By Prof.B.Sambamurthy
  4. Dictionary of South Indian Music and Musicians - By Prof.B.Sambamurthy
  5. Carnatic Music Composers - Triveni Foundations
Essential Reading / Recommended Reading
  1. Indian Music series - By Dr.S.V.Leela, The Bharathi Gana Nilayam
  2. Splendor of South Indian Music - P.T.Chelladurai
  3. South Indian Music - By Prof.B.Sambamurthy
  4. Dictionary of South Indian Music and Musicians - By Prof.B.Sambamurthy
  5. Carnatic Music Composers - Triveni Foundations
Evaluation Pattern

CIA 1 - 20 

MID SEM - 50 

CIA 3 - 20 

END SEMESTER - 100 

MPA134 - INDIAN AESTHETICS (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:30
No of Lecture Hours/Week:2
Max Marks:50
Credits:2

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

·         Deeper understanding of Indian aesthetics.

·         Advanced learning in the chosen field.

Learning Outcome

Clear knowledge of the chosen art form

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:3
Nature and purpose of Art
 

Aestheticism in nature and art

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:5
Theories of art by Indian aestheticians (Dhwani Siddhantha by Anandawardhanacharya)
 

Indian aesthetician's concept on art

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:8
Concept of Rasa and Bhava
 

Essential elements of rasa, what is rasa, its origin from various dimensions, Navarasas and their divisions. Bhava, vibhava, anubhava, sanchari bhava and their combinations at different situations

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:3
Rasa nishpatti
 

The combination of Vibhava,Anubhava,Sthayi Bhava and Vyabhicharibhava

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:6
Maipattiyal (tholakapium)
 

Agam (inner feelings related to love and its outcome), Puram (all other emotions except love), 8 sentiments according to tamil literature. Meipaadu and its main divions kalavu and karppu.

 

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:5
Art and beauty
 

Evolution of Art and beauty at different stages. Definitions of art and beauty according to Tolstoy, Words worth, Haveln, Shelly, Aristotle, Bharathamuni and Nandikeshwara.

 

Text Books And Reference Books:

Indian Aesthetics - Mr Sethuraman

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

1.       Theory of Beauty – An Introduction to Aesthetics. - H. Osborne.

2.       The Necessity of Art                                               - E. Fischer

3.       The Social Function of Art                                      - Radhakamal Mukherjee.

4.       The Meaning of Art -                                               - H. Read

5.       An Enquiry into the Nature and Function of Art      - Dr. S. K. Nandy.

Evaluation Pattern

CIA -1 – Written assignment

CIA -2 – Mid Semester Examination

CIA -3 – Written assignment

MPA135 - SANSKRIT (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:2
Max Marks:50
Credits:2

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

 The main objective of the course is to make the students understand the importance of Sanskrit language. To practice the language to read and understand the shlokas on their own and frame the sentences themselves, develop their writing skills.

Learning Outcome

With the introduction of Sanskrit paper the students will be able to understand the shlokas themselves and recognize the values and ideas of the concept of Sanskrit language, which helps the students in studying and practice of the other courses.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Basics of the language - Reading and writing skills
 

Learning the alphabets with the right pronunciations, applications in the verses.

 

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:10
Grammar
 

Understanding of basic grammar concepts in Sanskrit with specific reference to dance.

 

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:15
Literary texts -Abhinaya Darpan, Priye Charusheele, Vatapi
 

Comparision of the composer method structuring the language in a composition, Muthuswamideekshitar – vatapi, Jeyadevar – Ashtapati

 

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:10
Diacritical marks
 

Transliteration scheme of vernacular languages.

 

Text Books And Reference Books:
  1. Samskrutha Bhasha Deepika-I, publication from Surasarswathi sabha
  2. Samskrutha Vyakarana prabha by Sathish Hegde
Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

  1. Sanskrit Grammar Transalation from English to Sanskrit by M.R.Kale

 

Evaluation Pattern

CIA – 1- Written assignment

CIA – 2- Mid Semester Examination

CIA – 3- Written and oral exam

MPA151 - BHARATHANATYAM LEVEL - I (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:60
No of Lecture Hours/Week:4
Max Marks:100
Credits:4

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

  • To provide a deeper understanding of the field.
  • To familiarize them with the various theoretical and practical aspects.

Learning Outcome

Execution of performance, skills, basic knowledge in Bharatanatyam.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:5
Performative traditions
 

Origin and tradition of theatre, music and dance over the century, analyzing the changes over time and understanding the difference between classical and folk arts.

 

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:60
Kauthwam
 

Kauthwam is a combination of Nritta and nrittam fitted in any one the sapta talas mostly in eka tala.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:60
Jathiswaram
 

Jathiswaram- this has only pure Nritta devoid of Abhinaya, this piece opens with the rhythmic mridanga syllables followed by music notations.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:60
Shabdam
 

Shabdam – introduction to fully fledged expression with direct and simple ideas with few Nritta passage in between.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:60
Alarippu
 

Alarippu a traditional opening number that can be performed in any one of the pancha jathi talas.

 

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:20
Abhinaya, Nritta, Nritya, Naatya, Dharmi and Vritti
 

Introduction and explanations of 4 kinds of Abhinaya (Angika, Vachika, Aharya and Sathvika Abhinaya),detailed study on Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (related to facial expressions and emotions),naatya (the thematic performance), descriptive study of natty dharma, lokha dharma in classical dance and in dramas, evolutions of vrittis (satvathi, arabati, kaishiki and sathvathi) as in dasarupaka.

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:30
Hasta bhedas | Pada, Greeva, Shiro, Drishti
 

Asamyutha hasthas and Samyutha hasthas, Viniyogas with their meaning in detail, pada bhedas are of 4 kinds and their variations of each of them, greeva the neck movements and their usages, shiro basic head movements and their viniyogas, different types of eye movements and their usages in dance.

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:10
Lakshanas of Nayaki, Nayaka, Dhooti, Dhoota, Sakhi, Sakha
 

A systematic approach to the ashtavidha nayikas and their lakshanas. Similar approach to   nayikas with their bhava lakshana. Classification of hero’s in dance and drama according to their behavior (guna lakshanas), ubha nayakas and their bhava lakshanas, character study on dhoota, dhoti, sakhi and sakha according to their relationship with the hero’s and the heroines.

 

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:6
Notations and structures of items learnt in the syllabus
 

Tala structure, definition and concept of notations, importance of notation, notating the items learnt in syllabus.

 

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:10
Detailed study of the Natyashastra and Abhinaya Darpan
 

Learning the contents related to theatre and dance in natyashastra and Abhinaya darpana

Unit-7
Teaching Hours:9
Biographies of Mylapore Gouri Amma, E.Krishna Iyer, Rukmini Devi Arundale, Balasaraswathi, Meenakshisundaram Pillai , Vallathol, Uday Shankar, Rabindranath Tagore
 

Life history, their lineage, their works, institutions and contributions in the field of Dance.

 

Text Books And Reference Books:

Nattuvangam - Kamala Rani

Tanjore Quartet Compositions

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

1.       World History of Dance                               -              Sachscurt

2.       Dictionary of Dance                                     -              Reffe, Waltav George

3.       A Bibliography of D                                     -              Beallmound Cyrill w.

4.       Art Indian                                                     -             R.K. Mukherjee

5.       Indian Classical Dance                                -             Balakrishna Menon

6.       Bharatanatyam                                            -             Dr. Sunil Kothari

7.       Indian Traditional Theatre                           -              Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan

8.       Introduction to the History of Indian Music  -             Swami Praganananda

 

Evaluation Pattern

Practical Examination

MPA152 - CARNATIC MUSIC LEVEL - I (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:60
No of Lecture Hours/Week:4
Max Marks:100
Credits:4

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

  • To understand the nature of Carnatic, Hindustani and Western music.
  • Enables the student to gain deeper knowledge to specialize in one of the styles of music.

Learning Outcome

Individuals can decide the area of specialization.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Understanding of technical terms and concepts
 

Each art form has technical terms and concepts specific to it. This unit aims at introducing these terms and studying them in as much detail as is required.

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:10
Melody ? Hindustani, Carnatic and Western