School of Dance

Master of Arts in Bharatanatyam Dance

Bharatanatyam is one of the classical dance forms of India which has its roots in ancient culture and traditional practice. The dance form is known for its harmonious integrated philosophy, beauty, rhythm and joy. In the modern world it is emerging as an area of scholarly studies. Any Indian classical dance form cannot be studied in isolation. One has to study various other allied arts such as literature, music, sculpture and aesthetics.

This Master of Arts program in Bharatanatyam is aimed to harness the potential of an aspiring danseuse to be able to integrate skill, talent, aesthetics, and abilities with academic excellence. The program content has been carved out with in-depth knowledge by experienced scholars-artistes in the field, who will also handle the program.

The gnawing gap between theoria (Sastra) and praxis (Prayoga) that is often seen in the art spectrum will certainly be filled due to the well-designed program structure. This program augments the existing capacity of the students in the field of choreography, performance, teaching, and opens avenues for further research. Serious and dedicated practitioners and enthusiastic aspirants with training in Bharatanatyam will emerge as holistic visionaries after the completion of this graduate program.

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Requirements :

Duration: Two - year program. (2 semesters in each year)
Required Units: Total of 30 credit units.
Required Courses: 6 mandatory and 4 electives.

General Admission Requirements:

Six Required Core Courses:

Four out of Five Electives Courses:


The evaluation has the following components- Final exams, Mid-term exams, Assignments, a Thesis, and an Oral Defense. Students will be awarded a degree in Master of Arts in Bharatanatyam Dance, on their successful completion of all the required courses, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher based on the evaluation weightages across the various methods/metrics.

Tuition Fees :

Estimated Program Costs: $9,900.00 including Tuition ($9,000.00), Application Fee, Books, Registration Fees, etc.

Apply Process :

Contact our Admissions Team:

Bharatanatyam Faculty

Dr. Divyasena S

Assistant Professor, Department of Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam Faculty

Anuradha Ramesh

Lecturer, Department of Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam Faculty

Karuna Vijayendra

Chair, Department of Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam Faculty

Vidushi Anitha Guha

Visiting Faculty, Department of Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam Faculty

Dr. Padmaja Suresh

Assistant Professor, Department of Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam Faculty

Dr. Sujatha Mohan

Asst. Professor, Department of Bharatanatyam