UGC NET Syllabus for Computer Science And Application Sub: Performing Arts, Dance, Drama, Theatre


There will be two question papers, Paper-II and paper-III(Part A & Part B) paper –II will be cover 50 objective type question(Multiple type, matching type ,true/false, Assertion Reasoning type) carrying 100 marks Paper-III will have two parts Part-A and Part-B

Paper-III will have 10 short essay type question (300 words) carrying 16 marks ach. In it there will be one question with internal choice from each unit (i.e 10 question form 10 units Total marks will be 160) Paper-IIIB will be compulsory and there will be one question form each of the elective. The candidate will attempt only one question (One elective only in 800 words) carrying 40 marks. Total marks of paper-III will be 200

Common syllabus for Dance and Drama /Theatre Both for Paper-II and Paper-III
Paper-II and Paper-III (A) [Core Group]


General Cultural aspects

Cultural; History of India, Knowledge of major epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shilappadikaraam interns of their content, Character and relevance to Indian Theatrical practice, An Acquaintance with Indian Mythology


The Natyashatrric Tradition

Through knowledge of Bharta’s Natyashastra, and its relevance to and influence on Indian Classical Theatre , rogin , aim ad nature of Sanskrit natya according to Bharta and later Commentators, the concepts of Ntatya, Nritya and their characteristics in the earliest and medieval theories The types of theatre and their construction according to Natyashastra


Ancient Practice of Natya

the Four ‘Abhinayas’ four ‘Pravrittis’ and two ‘ dharmis’: A study of the Nritta karanas of the Natyashastra nd their importance, Detailed study of Nayaka-nayikabheda and all the classification thereof


Indian Aesthetics

‘Rasusutra’ of Charta and its exposition and elaboration by various commentratrsviz,. Bhatta Lollata, Sri, Shakuntla, Bhatta Nayaka nd Abhinavgupts, rasa and its constituents elements. viz, Sthayi,. Vyabhichari and Sattivika Bhava theior Vibhava abd Anubhava ‘Dhvani Siddhanta; of Anandavardhanacharya


post-Natyashastra Important texts Relevant for study of Dance a Drama

Dasha Rupaka of Dhananjay Abhinaydarpana, of Nandikeshvara, Bhavprakasghna odf Shardatanya and Natyadarpana of ramachandra-Gunachandra


Tradition of Indian Music

general knowledge of Indian Classical Music-Hindustani and Carnatic and their tala patterns


Forms of Indian Dance and Drama in General

General introduction to seven classical dance styles,viz, Bharta Natyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri, Kathakli, and Mohini Atta,, knowledge of Indian dance-drama tradition, both classical and folk, General introduction to tribal and folk dance in Idnia, Inter relationship of dance and drama with other plastic arts e.g. sculpture, iconography, and painting in their ancient Indian Tradition


South East Asian Dance /Drama

general acquaintance with the theatre traditions of South east Asia Srilanks Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesian, Japan, And China


Social relevance of Dance and Drama in contemporary Indian Scene


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 component of Co related arts which are relevant the importance of modern stage techniques the media and technological to the study and propagation of dance/drama
Paper-III (B) [Elective/Optional]


this section will contain of four question 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 that 700 word 40 Marks

Question 2 Not more that 200 word 20 Marks

Question 3 Not more that 200 word 20 Marks

Question 4 Not more that 200 word 20 Marks

1300 words 100 marks

Dance History

History and techniques 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 through study of the Natyashastra and relevant text

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 subjects
* Writings 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 tradition like Chhau, Striya etc
* the influence of martial arts on the regional dance forms

Drama and theatre

this section will contain of four question 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 that 700 word 40 Marks

Question 2 Not more that 200 word 20 Marks

Question 3 Not more that 200 word 20 Marks

Question 4 Not more that 200 word 20 Marks

1300 words 100 marks

Drama and Dramatic theories

* Form of drama, element of drama, Types of drama, various styles of drama in the context of various isms
* Important world dramatists and raga -From Greek to modern

Contemporary Indian theatre

* Evolution of contemporary theatre in the context of development in Indiana Theatre
* New trends in Contemporary theatre since Independence movement
* Major movements and major theatre innovators and play wrights


* Different school of acting-Greek to Grotowski, important contemporary actors-internationally known
* Different directional innovation 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-Forum selection of script t final performance


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