Performing Arts & Allied Subjects

By Prof. Yogesh Gambhir   |   Punjabi University, Patiala.
Learners enrolled: 559
Performing Arts & Allied Subjects

This course 'Performing Arts & Allied Subjects' is designed to fully engage students in the study and participation of Multiple Branches of Performing arts. Students will also be introduced to history, craft of acting through the performance of improvisation, monologues, scenes and fundamental elements of Music and Dance. The fundamental elements of staging a Play (Set Design, Lighting & Sound, Costume, Make-up & Role of the Director /Producer) will be addressed. Students will explore understanding of the History of Theatre, Dance Forms & Music.

The course will be 3 credits and be cover in 8 weeks.

Course Objectives

1.     Apply different approaches in making teaching learning process effective and interesting.

2.     To give a base in Dance, Music and Theatre and composite sense of Art.

3.     To enable recognition and growth opportunities in field of Dance/Music/Theatre

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Arts
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

1. Introduction to Indian classical Dance Forms
2. Styles of Bharathanatyam
3. Fundamental Technical Terms
4. Fundamental Technical Terms of Dance
5. Dynamics of Dance Movements
6. Understanding the dynamics of Dance Movements –Part 2
7. Abhinaya and its Types
8. Two kinds of Dharmis
9. Introduction to Music,Description of Rasa and Bhava
10.Technical terms of Music
11.Description about Saptha Taalas
12.Brief knowledge about few Ragas
13.Hindustani Karnataka Ragas
14.Understanding the dynamics of music 
15.Raga classification in Indian Music
16.Melody - Hindustani, Carnatic
17.Origin and development of Indian Theatre
18.Major Indian Folk Theatre Forms
19.Regional Theatre in India
20.Dynamics of Theatre -1
21.Dynamics of Theatre-2
22.Theatre design -1
23.Theatre design - 2
24.Types and Forms of Theatre Yakshagan Chhau and Tamasha
25.Analysing Indian Plays
26.Proscenium Theatre
27.Creating a framework and script
28.Theatre Design and Stage Management
29.Budgeting and Marketing of a Play Production
30.The Evolution of Modern Indian Theatre
31.Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Significance
32.Basic Exercises, Techniques and Practices for Performing Art
33. An Introduction to Playback Theatre
34.Creative visualisation
35.Applied theatre
36.Modern Theatre Concepts 

Books and references

1. Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams by Kapila Vatsyayan
2. Natyasastra – Revisited By Bharat Gupta
3. Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television Written By: Judith Weston
4. Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography by Jane Collins (Author), Andrew Nisbet (Author)
5. Introduction to Bharata's Natyasastra by Adya Rangacharya
6. Performing Arts Center by Mukhtar F'Rah
7. Sangeet Roop 1 (Punjabi Version) by Dr. Devinder Kaur
8.Basic Concepts of Hindostani Music by Dr. Devinder Kaur





Instructor bio

Prof. Yogesh Gambhir

Punjabi University, Patiala.
Prof. Yogesh Gambhir
Punjabi University, Patiala.
Personal Details

E- mail Id                                      y.gambhir@yahoo.com 
Contact Number                                  098153-23326
Date of Birth                                   21st June 1950

Academic Qualification

Ph.D from Punjabi University, Patiala in 1998.
Three year course in the field of Direction from NSD in 1975.
Certificate course in film production, Film Institute, Pune. 1976
Graduation from Himachal University, Shimla in 1972.
Matric from Panjab University 1966.

Professional Qualification


State Cultural officer, Himachal Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages w.e.f July 1976 to June 1979.
Postgraduate teaching in department of Theater and Television w.e.f July 1979.
Remained Head of Department, Theatre and Television, Punjabi University, Patiala, w.e.f July 2002 to July 2005.
Remained Director Educational Multimedia Research Center, Punjabi University, Patiala, w.e.f Oct. 2002 to Oct 2006.
Dean of Art and Culture faculty, Punjabi University, Patiala

Research Work

Conducted research on folk theatrical forms of Himachal Pardesh.
Seminar Director in Six Seminars.
Presented research papers in Ten seminars.
Guided Five candidate for Ph.D
Six candidates registered for Ph.D.
Evaluated five thesis of Mass Communication Dept. scholars, Pune University for Ph.D, Three thesis of Dept. of Indian Theater, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Major Research Project from UGC on Reducing Stress through Theatre
“Critical study of various versions of Ramayana” (paper number: 541 - Presented and published) WSEAS conference, 22nd Jul. – 25th Jul 2008, Hareklion Crete, GREECE. (presented and published)
“Reducing Stress through Theatre: A case study for children” (paper number: 11116- (presented and published) ICPAPSL, 5th Dec-8th Dec 2011, Colombo, Srilanka.
“Reducing Job Stress through Theatre”(Accepted for publication ), 2012 IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON HUMANITIES, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (SHUSER 2012) ,24th – 27th June 2012, Kuala Lumpur, 
Invited presentation at International University "Global Theatre Experience" (IUGTE) and “ArtUniverse”, International Conference on “Performing Arts Training Today”, August 19 - 22, 2010, Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria


Organized and directed 17 theater workshops.
Organized and directed five personality development workshops.

Books Written

Teen Lok Natak.
Television Production – A Hand book.
Vidushak A 13 Episode serial for Doordarshan.
Radio Television – Delivered talks

Talk and Discussion – on films and theater from different film and TV stations like Delhi, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Patiala etc. on different occasions.


Member Governing Body, Himachal Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, Shimla,
Member board of management (BOMB) Emmrc Patiala.
Ex- Member (Thrice) of Punjabi University Academic Council.
Member of Board of Studies Bhartendu Natya Akademy, Luchknow.
Visiting professor in Jaipur, Pune , Rohtak, Indore, Agra, Osmania University Hydrabad, Srinagar University, Himachal University Shimla and Kurukshetra University.
Member D.A.V Management Committee , Patiala.
President, Centre for performing Arts, Patiala.
Founder Director Himavolokan Film and Television Productions.

Languages known:

1. English
2. Hindi
3. Punjabi
4. Haryanvi
5. Urdu
6. Himachali
7. Chambali

Course certificate

The course is free to learn. Interested Learners can enroll and learn the course for free. If You wish to get certified on this course you must register and write the proctored exam after payment of exam fee. The exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) in various exam centres across India. Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100  Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score  YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.  Exam pattern: Computer Based Test (CBT) 50 MCQs  Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.  Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.  Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.   - NPTEL team

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