Bachelor of Performing Arts - Odissi Dance

In the era of new-age and industry relevant courses, the rich, ancient traditions of the classical arts are not receiving the attention they deserve. But Sri Sri University is hosting industry relevant and new-age courses, alongside courses which are well-ensconced in the Indian tradition.

Course Details

The curriculum includes courses on English Communication, Sanskrit, Cultural History and Yoga.

Besides opportunity to perform on stage, in various local and national level events organized inside as well as outside the campus, the students at SSU also gain exposure through the world-class conferences, festivals, events and various forums organized by the Art of Living.

Students are trained to become professional dancers with UGC approved qualifications, who can impart dance education by setting up their own studios or by teaching in schools.
1/14/4/101Communicative English
1/14/4/102Foundation of Yoga
1/14/4/103Basic of Odissi Dance
1/14/4/104Basic of Odissi Dance Theory
1/14/4/105One Nritya (Magalacharan)
1/14/4/201History of Culture
1/14/4/202SANSKRIT: Introduction of the Vedas, Origin of dance according to natya shastra, abhinaya darpana and abhinaya chandrika and the basic knowledge about how to purify  body, Mind and soul
1/14/4/203Batu Nritya with Notation
1/14/4/204Sapta Talla:
Detailed study of dhruva,matha, rupaka, jhamp, triputa, atta and ekatalli showing matras by hand.
1/14/4/205NRITTA: One pallavi in ekatali with Notation
1/14/4/301Yoga with Spirituality (Patanjali Yoga Sutra)
1/14/4/302History (Dance with Spirituality )
1/14/4/303Viniyoga of all Sanjukta and Asanjukta hastamudra
1/14/4/304Jati hasta,Deva hasta,Chari veda,Bhramari,Bhangis
1/14/4/305One pallavi in Triputa tal seven matras with notation.
1/14/4/402Abhinaya  with reference to its different aspects:-Angik,Vachika,Aharya, Swatika
1/14/4/403Viniyogas of 15 Samyukta Hasta Mudra and 20 Asamyukta Hasta Mudra
1/14/4/404One odiya abhinaya in Ekatali, with notation of this abhinaya.
1/14/4/405One Asthitapadi form Geet-Govind, notation of this Asthipadi
1/14/4/501Stage Management, Stage Decorate, Stage Scrap
1/14/4/502Knowledge of Folk Dances of Orissa. Knowledge of the terms relating to taal:- khandi, gadi, mana, mukti, pluta, matra, tali, khali, sama
1/14/4/503Arasas in the seven talas
1/14/4/504Viniyoga of Shira veda,Drishti veda,Griba veda
1/14/4/505One pallavi in ektalli (saveri pallavi)
1/14/4/601History of Indian dances through Sindhu Sabhyata, Vedic Yuga, Mahakavya Yuga, BudhaYuga, PuranicYuga, Mughal Yuga and Adhunika Yuga.
1/14/4/602Bhava and Rasa in Odissi Dance
1/14/4/603Performance and  Moskhya Nrutya
1/14/4/604Project Presentation and Organise Dance workshop
1/14/4/605Ability to Compose an Item and Stage Performance


10 + 2 or equivalent in any stream


Duration - 6 Semesters
Seats - 20

Per SemesterINR 15,000
Hostel type (Default)4 sharing non AC, INR 35,000/- Per Sem

Fee Details apart from Tuition and Hostel Charges:

Admission fee: INR 5000/-
Examination Fee: INR 5000/-

Caution deposit
Library deposit: INR 5000/-
Hostel Security Deposit: INR 10,000/-


Student life


  • Can you tell me about the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program?
    The Bachelor of Performing Arts program is an undergraduate degree program designed to offer structured training and prepare new artistes in the field of Indian classical art forms who will carve niche for themselves.

    Q. Who should apply for the course?
    Students who have flair for dance and music want to hone their artistic skill and develop their theoretical knowledge should apply for the course.

    Q. What are the eligibility criteria?
    Student should have completed +2 or equivalent examinations with 50% marks in any stream. Basic knowledge in dance and music is preferable.

    Q. Why should I choose to study this program at Sri Sri University?
    Sri Sri University is one of the few universities that aims to equip students to achieve the highest level of professional ability in a learning atmosphere that fosters universal human values through the Performing Arts. The university provides a unique pedagogy and holistic education that helps students acquire knowledge, understanding and skill in the art forms as well as grow emotionally, physically and spiritually with unshakable inner values, deep roots and broad vision.

    Our key differentiators
    - Observation Trips: To understand the different facets of performing arts, students visit various performances off campus.
    - Holistic Curriculum: The curriculum includes courses on English Communication, Sanskrit, Cultural History and Yoga.
    - Guest Lectures: Students enjoy the advantage of interactions and personal guidance from internationally acclaimed artistes and exponents.
    - Experiential Learning: Students are given the opportunity to explore the rich and vibrant culture of India showcased in its historic centres.
    - Stage Performances: Students at SSU have the opportunity to perform on stage, in various local and national level events organised inside as well as outside the campus. They also gain exposure through the world-class conferences, festivals, events and various forums organized by the Art of Living.
    - Career Options: Students will be trained to become professional dancers as well as masters of the dance, who can impart dance education by setting up their own studios or by teaching in schools.

    Q. Who will teach the program?
    Sri Sri University takes pride in having some of the most talented, dedicated as well as renowned artistes and academicians. Not only they are academically and professionally proficient, they also have high standards of moral and ethical values, so that they can be true role models. The core faculty is augmented by visiting faculty of international repute.

    Core Faculty
    Rashmi Rekha Das, Faculty Champion
    Rashmi started dancing when she was 12, training under the Late Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra for over 15 years. She has also trained under renowned Odissi exponents Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, Sujata Mohapatra and Padmashree Dr.Ileana Citaristi. Rashmi has performed extensively both in India and around the world in Italy, Canada, South Africa and Brazil. She has also won several awards including the Sringarmani Award and the Ekalabya Award.

    Arupa Panda
    Arupa was initiated into Odissi by Guru Pusparanjan Mangaraj, Director, Nrutyanjali at the age of 3. She has been training under Guru Madhusmita Mohanty at the Orissa Dance Academy. She is a Sringaramani awardee and has performed extensively across India and the world including USA, Canada, China, Mauritius, Thailand, Germany, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Beligum and the Middle-East.

    Madhusmita Mohanty
    Madhusmita began dancing as a six-year old, she then trained under the Orissa Dance Academy to become an established dancer. She is now a senior teacher and the Assistant Director at the academy. She has performed across India and the world in the USA, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Croatia and England. Madhusmita holds a Masters degree in Odissi dance (Alankara Poorna).

    Guest Faculty
    Our Guest faculty features exponents Padmashree Dr.Ileana Citaristi, Guru Ratikant Mohapatra and Meera Das.

    Q. How is the program structured? What will the curriculum include?
    The curriculum is a blend of class room teaching, workshops, seminars, lecture-demonstration program by eminent artistes of national and international repute, study tours, projects and performances. The curriculum features practical papers on the technique of the art form (dance /music), presentations and various choreographies and compositions as well as theoretical papers on the historical, cultural, social, spiritual and contemporary aspects of the art form. The curriculum also includes papers on communication, yoga, Sanskrit, spirituality and other subjects which will enable the artiste to grow with clear vision and understanding rooted in values and integrity.

    Q. Do I need to take up advanced studies after completing the Bachelor’s program?
    Yes, taking up a Master’s program in the Performing Arts is advisable in order to acquire the skill to perfect and present advanced performances. The field of the arts is like an ocean and going deeper will help explore and enhance the quality of performance.

    Q. What are the career options?
    - Becoming a stage performer as a soloist, create or join a dance troupe.
    - Appearing in the audition tests of All India Radio/Door Darshan Kendra, Indian Council for Cultural Relations where one can get the opportunity to perform in Door Darshan programs and performances sponsored by ICCR.
    - The Song and Drama division of India also recruits dancers/musicians as the member of its performing unit who present performances at different places of India.
    - Singers can opt for playback singing or can release their own music albums.
    - Applying for the senior scholarship awarded by the Govt. of India to young talented performers for advanced training.

    - This field requires an aptitude for teaching, initiative and patience. In order to teach, candidates can take up a Master degree in the Performing Arts for thorough knowledge in theoretical and practical aspect of dance /music.
    - Candidates can open their own studio to teach as well as find jobs in schools, colleges , universities or other institutions.

    Choreography / Music Composition :
    Dancers with their creative ideas can work in the field of choreography. After intensive training, dancers can assist senior choreographers to get trained in choreography. This will lead them to take up choreography for stage, films and video albums.

    Vocalists can compose music for their own albums or for different cultural productions, shows and films.

    Music Arrangement :
    Singers can also work as music arrangers for different music composers.

    Research Work :
    Candidates can also pursue research in their subject or other related subjects.

    Q. Does Sri Sri University offer placements for the program?
    No, Sri Sri University does not offer placements for the program.

    Q. What are the criteria for assessment?
    Assessment will be done on the basis of performance, understanding of the practical and theoretical aspect of the subject, attendance, discipline, sincerity, devotion and dedication.