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MPA - Masters of Performing Arts 

Master of Performing Arts is a two-year duration postgraduate course. It is chased by students to have exploration in their chosen specialization of performing arts. The multi-disciplinary course offers immense training in all aspects of performing arts. MPA is offered in majorly three specializations – music, dance, and theatre. The three specializations are sometimes divided into specializations such as vocal music, instrumental music, Kathak Bharatnatyam, etc. A student of BPA or a related field who has studied the specialization subject of MPA as a core or elective subject is considered eligible for admissions. The selection process varies from institute to institute.

The aim is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of dance/drama/music and facilitates them to shape a career. It is an ideal career for individuals who are passionate about making a career out of their unique talent. The curriculum is highly practical in nature and prepares students to be job-ready.

Skills Set:

Imaginative skills

Artistic ability


Communication skills



Attention to detail

Interpersonal skills



Ability to respond spontaneously

Visualisation skills

Eligibility Criteria:

Admission Process:

The selection process for the Masters of Performing Arts (MPA) course will include an entrance exam or audition, personal interview and/or academic performance of eligible candidates. 

Top Institutes:

Institute Name


Fee in INR

Christ University

Bangalore, Karnataka

INR 1,12,500

Arunachal University of Studies

Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh,

INR 2,40,000 

Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya

Wardha, Maharashtra

INR 2,650 

Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University

Pondicherry, Puducherry

INR 13,650 

Bharathidasan University

Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu

INR 7,675


Noida, Uttar Pradesh

On Request

School of Performing Arts, Sambalpur University

Sambalpur, Odisha

INR 3,455

Syllabus and Course Description:

Semester I

Semester II

History of Indian Dance & Drama

Indian Dance: Pre and Post-Independence Scenario

Natyashastra and Other Texts

Dance Aesthetics

Folk Dance and Folk Drama

Popular Dances of the World

Studio Course (Practical) -I (Yoga, Exercise and Body fitness)

Studio Course (Practical) -IV (Abhinaya Aspect of Classical) 

Studio Course(Practical)-ll Other Dance Movement (Dance)/Different kinds of Theatre games(Drama)

Studio Course (Practical) - V (Rhythm) 

Semester III

Semester IV

Theory of Classical Dance-I

Musical Instrument of Folk Instrument

Theory of Dance -ll

Life Sketch & Contribution Dance

Studio Course (Practical)-lll (Choreography)

Studio Course (Practical) - lV (Techniques of Dance

Studio Course (Practical): IX Teaching Process

Studio Course (Practical) - V (Arts Management)

Studio Course (Practical): Stage Performance

Field Work, Project Report / Dissertation Viva Voce

Course curriculum:

There are three popular MPA specialisations – dance, music, and theatre.


History of Dance – Dance and Sculpture

Traditional Folk Dances and Folk Theatre of North and South India



Critical Study of the Practical & Theoretical Aspects of Dance

Traditional Folk Dances and Folk Theatre of East and West India

Dance in Sanskrit Treaties

History and Development of World Dance

Dance in Natya Shastra & Abhinaya Darpan

Rasa & Nayak Nayika Bheda

Music (Vocal)

Analytical Study of Ragas and Talas

Indian Aesthetics

Performance of a Choice Raga and Performance of Other Genres

Critical & Comparative Study of Component of Prescribed Ragas & Talas

Comparative Aesthetics

Stage Performance of  Choice Raga and Performance of Other Genres

Rag Classification Systems

Compositional Forms of Indian Vocal Music

Drama & Theatre

Physical Exercise and Theatre Games

Foundations of Modern Theatre

Dramatic Literature – Western Drama

Theories of Acting

Fundamental of Visual Design

Fundamentals of Music

Improvisation, Mime and Choreography

Voice and Speech

Play Production (Contemporary)

Theatrical Martial Arts

Classical Indian Theatre

Dramatic Literature – Indian Drama

Theatre Architecture Oriental and Occidental

Acting for Stage

Theatre Music

Design Technology: Lighting Design

Design Technology: Scenic Design

Play Production (Western)

Direction Theories

Film Theories & History

Stage Management and Event Management

Traditional Theatre

Acting for Camera

Design Technology: Costume Design

Design Technology: Make­up Design

TV and Film Production

­ Play Production (Classical Indian Theatre)

Children’s Theatre

Play Production

Folk Performances

­Advanced Acting Techniques

Theatre in Education

Script Writing/ Playwriting

TV and Film Production

Performance Sound Design

Master’s Thesis

Career Prospects:

Students are aspiring for this career to obtain fame, prestige, and remuneration. MPA can avail career opportunities in areas like art studios, publishing houses, advertising agencies, magazines, films & television, production houses, educational institutions, theater productions and other departments belonging to performing arts. A good singer/dancer/drama artist can earn up to lakhs per performance if he/she has excelled in the field.  Working as a freelancer is a good option for many artists. 

Job Title

Job Description

Salary in INR

Theatre Artists

Work in films, serials, commercials, theater clubs and theme parks. They perform for both informational and entertainment.

INR 1 to 2 Lacs

Dance Teacher

Dance teachers are responsible for teaching the art of dance to students. Instruct students of all ages, all abilities, and various styles.

INR 1 Lac – 5 Lacs

Theatre Manager

Responsible for administrative, production, marketing and financial functions of a theatre

INR 3.5 Lacs – INR 4 Lacs


Express ideas and stories in performance using dance

As per project/assignment

Music Teacher

Teaches music theory, vocal skills and practical techniques of music

INR 1.5 Lac – INR 3 Lacs

Job Profiles:

Job opportunities at places such as art studios, music academies, music companies, publishing houses, advertising agencies, film & television industry, dance academies, production houses, educational institutions.