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Performing Arts

What is Performing arts?

  • Performing arts means art forms in which artists use their voices, body, or fictional characters to convey artistic expression. 

  • Performing arts encompass a range of disciplines that are performed before a live audience.

  • Theater, music, dance and artefacts, and other kinds of performances are present in all human cultures.

  • Most performing arts are professional performances. 

  • Play can be in purpose-built buildings, such as theatres and opera houses, on festival open-air stages, on stages in tents like circuses, and on the street.

  • The performing arts often seek to convey one's own feelings and emotions.

What are the skills required in this field?

  • Different skills as per the interest in the subject (singing, dancing, acting, etc )

  • Confidence

  • Adaptability

  • Quick learner

  • Creativity

  • Teamwork

  • Analytical approach

  • Problem-Solving skill

  • Organisational Skills

  • Self Presentation

  • Awareness

Where can one study Bachelors in Performing Arts in India?

Best Colleges/Institutes offering bachelors in performing arts: 

  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  • University of Mumbai

  • Savitribai Phule Pune University

  • National School of Drama (NSD)

  • Centre for Performing Arts (Lalit Kala Kendra), Pune University

  • Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)

  • National Institute of Kathak Dance, Kathak Kendra

Popular Colleges/Institutes offering Performing Arts

  • The Barry John Acting Studio

  • Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute

  • Roshan Taneja School of Acting

  • The Music Academy

  • Amity School of Performing Arts

  • NIMS University

  • Kurukshetra University 

  • Gujarat Arts and Science College 

  • Assam Down Town University 

  • Calcutta School of Music

  • Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

What are the specializations Areas in Performing arts?

Students may excel in various performing arts and can become singers, music song-writers, dancers, musicians-vocal or musical artists.

Few specialization areas are:

  • Music performance

  • Theatre history

  • Dance and culture

  • Musical theatre

  • Dance technique

  • Dramatic literature

What are the Job Prospects after acquiring a degree in performing arts?

A performing arts graduate has bright career prospects. There is a range of entertainment houses that are looking for talented professionals to serve their industry. Some of the common job profiles available candidates are given below:

  • Actor

  • Community Arts Worker

  • Choreographer

  • Music Therapist

  • Theatre Director 

  • Dance Teacher

  • Art Administrator

  • Broadcast Presenter

  • Broadcast Engineer

  • Screenwriter

What is the expected Salary at the start?

Compensation in the performing arts sector is purely subjective. It depends on the artist's talent and on the area he/she has chosen. A good singer/dancer/drama artist, if he/she has excelled in the field, can earn up to lack performance.

  • The annual average salary with an experience 1-4 years is Rs. 3,53,749/yr.

  • The annual average salary in a mid-career is Rs. 3,93,054/yr.

  • The annual average salary with an experience of more than 10 years Rs. 5,00,000/yr


Who are the top recruiters in this field? 

Some of the top recruiters of the Performing Arts graduates are:

  • Saregama India

  • Balaji Telefilms

  • HT Media.

  • Iris Media work.

  • Universal Arts

What are the growth prospects for performing arts students? 

  • Performing art graduate who graduates in music continues to work as entertainers, mixing professional ensembles, structure (counting piece of film music) and musical imagination. In addition, they take up jobs in coordinating words, educating music, writing, and reporting news.

  • Graduates from the drama department end up performing artists, managers, essayists, writers, stage supervisors, consultants, drama teachers, television reporters, producers, moderators and overseers of words, as well as joining wider careers such as advertisement, promotion, and publishing.

  • Some graduates from the dance department go ahead to educate in educational courses through postgraduate certificates, while others are looking for some kind of job either as dance experts or in the background work in moving organizations.

Interesting facts

  • Theatre traces its roots in ancient Greece with a religious ceremony called 'dithyramb' in which a chorus of people dressed in goat skins. 

  • Aeschylus ' Persians, written in 472 BC, is the oldest play still in existence.