B.A. in Bharatanatyam

Bharathidasan University

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Tiruchirappalli
Bharathidasan University.Palkalaiperur, Tamil Nadu, India
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CORE COURSE - I THEORY OF BHARATHANATYAM - I
Unit - I
Importance of Dance as one of the Arts - Value of Dance - Fundamentals
Technical Term : Natya, Nritta, Nritya, Abhinaya
Unit - II
Adavu, Korvai, Jati, Teermanam, Solkattu, Nattuvangam, Panja Jaathi,
Panja Nadai, Gati
Unit - III
Samyuta, Asamyuta Hastas - Devata Hastas - Jaathiya Hastas, Bhandhava
Hastas - Navagraha Hastas - Dasavathara Hastas - Ashtadikbalas.
Unit - IV
Siro Bhedas - Griva Bhedas - Dhrishti Bhedas - Pada Bhedas - Viniyogas
Unit - V
Definition - Abhinayam 4 kinds - Dharmis 2 kinds - Viruttis 4 kinds
(Text to be followed - Abhinaya Dharpanam, Lagu Bharatham Vol - I)
CORE COURSE - II
PRACTICAL BHARATHANATYAM - I
(I semester) Adavus
(II semester) Adavus (Continued)
Alarippu (Thisram) - 1
Kavuthuvam - 1
FIRST ALLIED COURSE - I (AC)
THEORY OF MUSIC (WRITTEN)
Unit - I
Greatness of Music - Technical Terms Svara, Sruti, Nadam, Graha, Avarta,
Arohana, Avarohana, Aksharakala, Sthayi.
Unit - II
Raga - 72 Mela Scheme - Classification of Janya - Ragas into Upanga,
Bhashanga, Vakra, Varja Ragas.
Unit - III
Tala : Shadangas - 35 Tala Scheme
Unit - IV
General Classification of Musical Instruments.
Unit - V
Life Sketch and contribution of the following composers :
a. Arunachalakavi
b. Marimutha pillai
c. Muthuthandavar
d. Tyagarajar
e. Syama Sastri
f. Muthusamy Dikshitar
FIRST ALLIED COURSE - II (AC)
MUSIC PRACTICAL - I
(I Semester & II Semester)
Sarali Varisai
Janta Varisai
Melsthayi Varisai
Dhatu Varisai
Sapta Tala Alankaras
Gitam - 3 (in different ragas)
Jatisvaram - 1
II SEMESTER
CORE COURSE - III (CC)
HISTORY OF BHARATHANATYAM - I
Unit - I
Dance heritage of Temple Dances - Chinna Melam - Sathir Koothu -
Bharathanatyam
Unit - II
Royal patronage to Dance from Pallava, Chera, Chola, Pandiya period.
Unit - III
Expression of Dance through sculpture, Painting in the temples of Tanjore,
Chidambaram, Kumbakonam and Dharasuram.
Unit - IV
Styles of Bharathanatyam (Pandanallur, Vazhuvoor, Tanjore) and changes
in the contemporary scene.
Unit - V
Short biography and their contribution to Dance :
Gangamuthu Nattuvanar
Tanjore Quatrette
FIRST ALLIED COURSE - III (AC)
MUSIC PRACTICAL - II
Adi Tala Varnam - 2
Kriti - 5
Thevaram - 1
Thiruppugazh - 1
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III SEMESTER
CORE COURSE - IV (CC)
THEORY OF BHARATHANATYAM - II
Unit - I
Lasyam - Thandavam - detailed study
Unit - II
Write short notes on :
Folk dance of Kerala - Markankali
Karnataka - Yakshaganam
Andhra Pradesh - Bath Karma
Unit - III
Definition of Bhava, Navarasa and Sthayi Bhava and Dasavathara Hastas -
Types of eight Nayagis and four Nayagas.
Unit - IV
Concept of the ideal theatre of Bharathanatya Shastra I and II Chapters.
Unit - V
Lakshana of the following Bharathanatyam item:
a. Alarippu
b. Kavuthuvam
c. Jatisvaram
d. Sabdam
CORE COURSE - V (CC)
PRACTICAL BHARATHANATYAM - II
III Semester :
Jatiswaram (simple) - 1
Sabdam - 1
Padam - 1 (Tamil)
Keerthanai - 1
Revision of I and II semester item
IV Semester :
Varnam
Revision of all the earlier items
Handling of adavus and compositions with Tattukazhi.
SECOND ALLIED COURSE - I (AC IV)
THEORY OF MUSIC - II
Unit - I
Desadhi - Madhyadi Talas - Chapu Tala and its varieties - Tala
Dasapranas.
Unit - II
Musical Prosody - Rules pertaining to musical composition.
Unit - III
Notation system in Carnatic Music.
Unit - IV
Construction and Techniques of playing of the following instruments :
a. Tambura
b. Veena
c. Violin
d. Mirudangam
e. Flute
f. Clarinet
Unit - V
Characteristic features of the following musical forms:
a. Tevaram
b. Tiruppugazh
c. Kriti
d. Kirtana
SECOND ALLIED COURSE - II (AC V)
MUSIC PRACTICAL - III
(III Semester & IV Semester)
Item learnt in Bharathanatyam Practicals.
IV SEMESTER
CORE COURSE - VI (CC)
HISTORY OF BHARATHANATYAM - II
Unit - I
Place of Bharathanatyam in the cultural life of India - Bharathanatyam and
National Integration.
Unit - II
Short Biography and theirs contribution of Dance :
Jeyadeva, Narayana Tirtha, Swathi Tirunal, Muthu Thandava, Vaideeswaran Kovil
Subbarama Iyer.
Unit - III
Study of IVth Chapter in Bharatha's Natya Shastra - Study of Origin of
Dance, Natya Krama, Pathra Prana, Rangadhi Devatha Sthuthi, Pushpanjali,
Kinkini Lakshana in Abhinaya Dharpanam.
Unit - IV
Short Biography and their contribution to dance :
E. Krishna Iyer, Balasaraswathi, Rukmini Devi, Rabindranath Tagore, Vallothol.
Unit - V
Accompaniments used in Dance concerts then and now.
CORE COURSE VII
PRACTICAL BHARATHANATYAM - III
DEMONSTRATION
(IV & V Semesters)
Samyuta - Asamyuta Hastas - Viniyogas.
Chari
Sthanaka
Mandala
Uthplavanam
Bramari
Gati
SECOND ALLIED III (AC VI)
MUSIC PRACTICAL IV
Devotional Music : One Composition each from the following :
Ashtapathi
Tarangam
Tiruppavai
Divyaprabhandam
Tiruvasagam
Tiruvarutpa
Kavadichindu
Divyanama Keerthanai
Utsava Sampradaya Keerthanai
V SEMESTER
CORE COURSE VII
PRACTICAL BHARATHANATYAM - III
DEMONSTRATION
(IV & V Semesters)
Samyuta - Asamyuta Hastas - Viniyogas.
Chari
Sthanaka
Mandala
Uthplavanam
Bramari
Gati
CORE COURSE VIII
THEORY OF BHARATHANATYAM - III
Unit - I
Ritualistic dance - Araiyar Sevai - Navasandhi Kavuthuvam
Unit - II
Orchestra - Sound -Lighting - Drops - Make-up - Ornaments - Costumes
in Bharathanatyam then and now.
Unit - III
Magazines - Mass Media - Radio, Television, Video in the development
and propagation of Dance.
Unit - IV
Dance forms :
a. Padavarnam
b. Padam
c. Thillana
d. Javali
Unit - V
Writing in notation the composition learnt in dance practicals -
Teermanams and Jathis.
CORE COURSE IX
PRACTICAL BHARATHANATYAM - IV
1. Padam (Tamil) - 2
2. Svarajathi - 1
3. Keerthanai - 1
4. Thillana - 1
CORE COURSE X (CC)
HISTORY OF BHARATHANATYAM - III
Unit - I
Evolution and structure of Kuravanji Natakas
Unit -II
Forms found in Kuravanji Natakas
Unit - III
Seats of Bharathanatyam - Tanjore, Chennai, Mysore
Unit - IV
Study of Stage and Dance references in Silappadikaram (Arangetrukkathai,
Aaichiyar Kuravai)
Unit - V
Short Biography and their contribution to Dance :
a. Kshetrayya
b. Gopalakrishna Bharathi
c. Kavi Kunjara Bharathi
d. Gnanam Krishna Iyer
e. Pattabiramayya
f. K.Ponnaiah Pillai
MAJOR BASED ELECTIVE COURSE - I (EC)
CLASSICAL DANCES OF INDIA
Unit - I
Bharathanatyam - A detailed Study
Unit - II
Mohiniyattam - A detailed Study
Unit - III
Kuchipudi - A detailed Study
Unit - IV
Odissi - A detailed Study
Unit - V
Manipuri - A detailed Study
VI SEMESTER
CORE COURSE XI (CC)
PRACTICAL BHARATHANATYAM - V
DANCE DRAMA
(V & VI Semesters)
Select pieces from any one of the following works :
1. Kuravanji
2. Silappathikaram
3. Yesu Kaviam
4. Sakuntalam
5. Paanchali Sabadam
6. Rama Natakam
7. Prahalada Bhakthi Vijayam
8. Nowka Charitram
CORE COURSE XII
PRACTICAL VI
1. Javali - 1
2. Ashtapadi - 1
3. Padam (Kshetragna) - 1
4. Slogam / Virutham - 1
5. Any three pieces
a. Tamil
b. Telugu
c. Kannada
d. Malayalam
e. Marathi
f. Hindi
CORE COURSE XIII
PRACTICAL VII
Practical Performance :
Every student should give a dance performance for a duration of 45 minutes
in the Examination with live Orchestra.
MAJOR BASED ELECTIVE COURSE - II (EC)
FOLK MUSIC AND FOLK ARTS OF TAMILNADU (WRITTEN)
Unit - I
General Information on folk arts of Tamilnadu.
Unit - II
The role of Folk Arts in the Social life of People - Folk Arts for Recreation
Unit - III
Folk Forms : Karagam, Kavadi, Poykkal Kudirai, Mayil Natanam,
Puliattam, Kanniyan Koothu, Bommalattam, Thorppavai Koothu, Theru Koothu,
Pagal Vezham, Thevarattam, Oyilattam, Villuppattu, Bhagavatha Mela, Kummi,
Kolattam.
Unit - IV
General Knowledge on the instruments used in Folk Arts - The
Construction and technique of play of the following instruments : Nagasvaram,
Tavil, Pambai, Urumi, Paanai, Vil, Kidukitti
Unit - V
Ragas used in Folk Music and Folk Arts - Mettu (Tunes) - Kilikanni -
Chindu - Nondi Chindu - Themmangu etc.,
MAJOR BASED ELECTIVE III
PRACTICAL
Nattuvangam
1. Handling of Tattukuchi
2. Recitation of Jatis with Talam
3. Handling of Talam for Adavus
4. Ability to create a Dance number for a given music
5. Ability to create a Dance number for a given Jati
NON MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSE - I
INTRODUCTION TO BHARATHANATYAM (WRITTEN PAPER)
Unit - I
Dance as one of the Fine Arts - Value of Dance
Unit - II
Technical Terms : Natya, Nritta, Nritya, Abhinaya, Adavu, Korvai, Jati,
Teermanam, Solkattu, Nattuvangam, Panja Jaathi, Gati
Unit - III
Definition and Muthras : Samyuta, Asamyuta Hastas - Devata Hastas -
Jaathiya Hastas - Dasavathara Hastas.
Unit - IV
Lakshana of the following Bharathanatyam items :
Alarippu Kavuthuvam
Jatiswaram Sabdam
Varnam Padam
Thillana
Unit - V
Short biography and their contribution to dance :
Tanjore Quartette
E. Krishna Iyer
Bala Saraswathi
Rukmini Devi
NON MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSE - II
INTRODUCTION TO BHARATHANATYAM (PRACTICAL PAPER)
Simple Adavus and Mudras
Items :
Thevaram - 1
Thiruppugazh - 1
Kavadichindu - 1
Bharathiyar Padal - 1
Bharathidasan Padal - 1