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NTA (UGC) NET June-December 2021 Syllabus for Performing Arts Dance Drama Theatre

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NTA (UGC) NET Performing Arts Dance Drama Theatre Syllabus 2012

Code No. 65

Subject: Performing Arts-Dance, Drama, Theatre


  • There will be two question papers, NTA (UGC) NET Arts Paper II and Paper III.
  • Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Common Syllabus for Dance and Drama and Theatre Both for Paper II and Paper III.

NTA (UGC) NET Arts Paper II and Paper III-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 and Drama

General acquaintance with the theatre traditions of South-East Asia, viz. Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and China.

Unit-IX: Social REvelance

Social Relevance of Dance and Drama in Contemporary Indian Scene.

Unit-X: Pedagogy in Dance and Drama

  • Traditional Dance and Drama Training and its relevance today. Dance education at the academic level and its need in the contemporary Indian Society.
  • Dance and 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.

NTA (UGC) NET Arts Paper III-B Elective or Optional

This paper contains questions from three sections. Twenty five from each section. The Section 1 is common for both Dance and Drama and Theatre.

The Section 2 is only for Dance and Section 3 is only for Drama and Theatre. Total Marks is 200.


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: 1300 words 100 Marks

  • 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

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:
    1. Selection of the Subject
    2. Writing the Synopsis
    3. Selection and Writing of the Lyrics
    4. Musical Arrangement
    5. Direction and Choreography
    6. Designing of Sets
    7. Designing of Lighting
    8. Designing of Costumes
    9. The Ultimate Presentation
    10. 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 and 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: 1300 Words 100 Marks

  • 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

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 and 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.

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