Careers in Performing Arts

Performing arts are forms of arts in which the artists use their physical ability, such as body, face and presence, to perform in front of the audience. There are mainly three categories of performing arts – music, drama and dance. Music is related to singing, composing original music, playing musical instruments etc. In drama, an artist depicts a story or a thought by combining speech, gestures, music, dance, facial expressions and sound. On the other hand, dance is an amalgamation of drama and music, wherein the artist performs by rhythmic movement of the body, in sync with the background music or song. Performing arts have their own significance in the Indian culture. They have emerged as professions that fetch name, fame and money to the artist.

Course Details
Many educational institutes and universities in India are offering courses in the field of performing arts. These courses are offered at the different levels including certificate level, diploma, undergraduate degree level, postgraduate degree and diploma level. The motive behind these courses is to train students in various categories of performing arts. Talking about eligibility, a candidate should have passed at the 10th level is mandatory is for the certificate courses. For the UG diploma and degree courses, the students must have cleared 10+2 examination and for the PG courses, they must have passed graduation in relevant field from any recognized Institute or University. Apart from the academic qualifications, one should have inclination towards the performing art.

Institutes Offering
A number of institutions for performing arts are now conducting courses in the field. Some of the prominent and well known institutes for performing arts in India are Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Indira Kala Sangit Viswavidyalay and its affiliated colleges and Awadesh Pratap Singh University (Madhya Pradesh), Sangit Niketan (Delhi), Sangit Research Academy (Calcutta), Lalit Narayan Mithila University (Bihar), University of Mysore (Karnataka), Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Maharashtra), Banasthali Vidyapith (Rajasthan), Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University and Chaudhary Charan Singh University (Uttar Pradesh) and Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam (Andhra Pradesh.

Remuneration in the field of performing arts is purely subjective. It depends upon the talent of the artist as well as the field he/she has chosen. A good singer/dancer/drama artist can earn up to lacks per performance, if he/she has excelled in the field.


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