NTA UGC NET Syllabus of Performing Arts - Dance / Drama / Theatre, Code No: 65

NTA UGC NET Syllabus in Performing Arts:Performing arts are art forms in which artists use their body, voice, or objects to convey artistic expression—as opposed to visual arts, in which artists use paint/canvas or various materials to create physical art objects. Performing arts include a variety of disciplines but all are intended to be performed in front of a live audience. Performing arts may include primary forms, such as dance, music, opera, theatre and musical theatre, and minor or secondary forms like Magic and/or illusion, mime, spoken word, puppetry circus arts, live art, performance art, recitation and public speaking. Artists who participate in performing arts in front of an audience are called performers, including actors, comedians, dancers, magicians, musicians, and singers. Performing arts are also supported by workers in related fields, such as songwriting and stagecraft. Performers often adapt their appearance, such as with costumes and stage makeup, etc. There is also a specialized form of fine art, in which the artists perform their work live to an audience. This is called performance art. Most performance art also involves some form of plastic art, perhaps in the creation of props. Dance was often referred to as a plastic art during the Modern dance era.


Paper II & Paper III (Part A)

[Core Group]
Unit – I: General Cultural Aspects
Cultural History of India, Knowledge of major epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shilappadikaram in terms of their content, characters and relevance to Indian Theatrical Practice, an acquaintance with Indian mythology.
Unit – II: The Natyashastric Tradition
Thorough knowledge of Bharata’s Natyashastra, and its relevance to an influence on Indian Classical Theatre. Origin, aim and nature of Sanskrit natya according to Bharata and later commentators.
The concepts of natya, nritta and nritya – their characteristics in the earliest and medieval theories. The types of theatres and their construction according to Natyashastra.
Unit – III: Ancient Practice of Natya
The four ‘abhinayas’; four ‘Vrittis’, four ‘pravrittis’ and two ‘dharmis’ : A study of the ‘nritta karaaas’ of the Natyashastra and their importance. Detailed study of nayaka – nayikabheda and all the classification thereof.
Unit – IV: Indian Aesthetics
‘Rasasutra’ of Bharata and its exposition and elaboration by various commentators, viz :, Bhatta Lollata, Sri Shankuka, Bhatta Nayaka and Abhinavgupta. Rasa and its constituent elements, viz., Sthayi, Vyabhichari and Sattvika Bhava, their Vibhava and Anubhava. ‘Dhvani Siddhanta’ of Anandavardhanacharya.
Unit – V: Post – Natyashastra Important Texts Relevant for Study of Dance and Drama
Dasha Rupaka of Dhananjay, Abhinaydarpana of Nandikeshvara, Bhavprakashana of Shardatanaya and Natyadarpana of Ramachandra – Gunachandra.
Unit – VI: Tradition of Indian Music
General Knowledge of Indian Classical Music – Hindustani and Carnatic and their ‘tala’ patterns.
Unit – VII: Forms of Indian Dance and Drama in General
General introduction to seven classical dance styles, viz., Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri, Kathakali and Mohini Attam. Knowledge of Indian dance – drama tradition, both classical and folk.
General Introduction to tribal and folk dances of India. Inter – relationship of dance and drama with other plastic arts, e.g., Sculpture, Iconography and Painting in their ancient Indian tradition.
Unit – VIII: South – East Asian Dance / Drama
General acquaintance with the theatre traditions of South – East Asia, viz., Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and China.
Unit – IX: Social Relevance of Dance and Drama in Contemporary Indian Scene.
Unit – X: Pedagogy in Dance and Drama
Traditional Dance / Drama Training and its relevance today. Dance education at the academic level and its need in the contemporary Indian Society.
Dance / Drama Research and other components of co – related arts which are relevant; the importance of modern stage technique, the media and technological advances to the study and propagation of dance / drama.

Paper III (Part B)

[Elective / Optional]
Dance:This Section will consist of four questions which are all compulsory and without internal options. The division of marks and maximum number of words for each question will be as follows:
Question 1       Not more than 700 words       40 Marks
Question 2       Not more than 200 words       20 Marks
Question 3       Not more than 200 words       20 Marks
Question 4       Not more than 200 words       20 Marks
                        1300 words                             100 Marks
Dance History: History and technique of Indian dance from the ancient times till the modern times to be gathered from different sources like Literature, Epigraphy, Sculpture, Iconography, Painting and religious thought. This entails a thorough study of the Natyashastra and relevant texts.
The Contemporary scene and social ambience of dance in India and World: History and development of western ballet. Contemporary modern dance in India. Well – known Indian innovators and choreographers.
Designing of a Stage Production: The actual creation of a stage production, i.e., the production process in terms of:
Selection of the Subject
Writing the Synopsis
Selection and / or Writing of the Lyrics
Musical Arrangement
Direction and Choreography
Designing of Sets
Designing of Lighting
Designing of Costumes
The Ultimate Presentation
Critical Evaluation
A study of – seven established classical dance styles in terms of origin, history and development thereto.
Other well – established dance traditions like Chhau, Satriya, etc.
The influence of martial arts on the regional dance forms.
Drama / Theatre
This section will consist of four – questions which are all compulsory and without internal options. The division of marks and maximum number of words for each question will be as follows:
Question 1       Not more than 700 Words      40 Marks
Question 2       Not more than 200 Words      20 Marks
Question 3       Not more than 200 Words      20 Marks
Question 4       Not more than 200 Words      20 Marks
                        1300 Words                            100 Marks
Drama and Dramatic Theories
Form of drama, Elements of Drama, Types of Drama, Various Styles of Drama in the context of various ISMS.
Important world dramatists and drama – From Greek to modern.
Contemporary Indian Theatre
Evolution of contemporary theatre in the context of development in Indian Theatre.
New trends in contemporary theatre since Independence movement.
Major movements and major theatre innovators and play wrights.
Acting / Direction
Different schools of acting – Greek to Grotowski, Important contemporary actors – internationally known.
Different directoral innovations and methods. Theories of modern stage.
Theatre Design and Techniques
Theatre Architecture – Greek to modern period.
Stage Craft – Set, Lights, Costumes, Make up, Sound, Props.
Theatre Techniques – From selection of script to final performance.
This paper contains questions from three sections. Twenty five (25) from each section. The Section (1) is common for both Dance and Drama / Theatre.
The Section (2) is only for Dance and Section (3) is only for Drama / Theatre. Total Marks is 200.

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