Application Process

The total number of students shall be 20 (Twenty only). The students shall be included from all the states and union territories of the southern region, i.e, Karanataka, Telangana, Seemandra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, and the Lakshadweep islands.

Minimum Qualification for Admission.

The minimum qualification for inclusion in the proposed one-year course shall be graduation in any discipline or an equivalent qualification. Further to clarity, this qualification shall be condoned in the case of extraordinarily talented candidates from the tribal, folk, and traditional performing art families.


The course is open to all men and women between the ages of twenty to thirty years as on 1st July 2017. The upper age limit is relax able as per government norms.

Medium of Instruction

The language of the instruction shall be English. The language of working the examination shall be any one language of the southern region (Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, or English). The language of the performance shall also be from the southern region (Kannada/Tamil, Telugu, or Malayalam).

Selection Process

Preliminary scrutiny of all the applications shall be done and selected applications shall be called for an audition/performance.

This course shall be residential in nature, and a scholarship of Rs.4500/- per month shall be paid to all selected students. The nominal tuition, hostel fee, etc., shall be deductible from the scholarship. It is mandatory for all the selected students to stay in the hostel provided by the Bengaluru centre.


The course shall be a one-year course divided in to semesters of 5 months each. Each semester shall have two sub-semesters. There shall be four sub semesters of 10 weeks duration each.

Semester 1

  1. This sub-semester shall be of 10 weeks duration.
  2. Introduction to tribal art forms, performing ritual invocation, and narratives from tribal culture shall be included.
  3. Physical skills and daily exercises shall be derived from the tribal art forms of the southern regions suitable for an actora��s physical training and for building stamina.
  4. Music derived from tribal art forms shall be practised along with the vocal skills derived out of these tribal forms. Tribal literature and texts shall be made available, documented to be read, analysed, and discussed in detail.
  5. Crafts and design elements such as masks, headgear, ornaments, and costumes shall be practised. Scene work based on tribal art forms, written, or devised text shall be presented at the end of sub-semester one.

Semester 2

  1. This sub-semester shall be of 10 weeks duration.
  2. It will include an introduction to the folk theatre of India with focus on the southern states and union territories and folklore of the southern region.
  3. Physical skill exercises shall be derived from the folk art forms of the regions.
  4. Focus will also be on performer-oriented interpretative improvisations of local myths in the repertoire and characters in movements.
  5. Music and vocal skill exercises shall be derived from the folk art of the southern region and incorporated into the actora��s training. Rhythm, stance, and movement patterns will also be studied.
  6. Folklore and folk drama text shall be read, discussed, and analysed in detail.
  7. Theatre crafts and design elements from the folk art forms shall be prepared and practised. This will also include make-up expressions, use of masks, symbolic representation, etc.
  8. Scene work based on tribal art forms, written, or devised text shall be presented at the end of sub-semester two.
  9. The viva examination shall be followed by two weeks of holidays.

Semester 3

  1. This sub-semester shall be dedicated to understanding and practising the elements of Natya Shastra and Classical Indian Theatre.
  2. The sub-semester will focus on Dashruoakas and detailed study of any two types of Rupakas with interpretation, classical elements, and analysis.
  3. Abhiyana according to Natya Shastra, Aangikam, Vachikam, Aaharyam, and Satvikam, and Hastmudras and codified gestures and Bhavas shall be learnt and practised.
  4. Physical skills derived out of classical dance movements shall be practised.
  5. Music and vocal skills will form part of the coursework.
  6. Design elements, various types of performing spaces theatre craft, make-up practice including those of a Vidushaka, Nayaka, Nayika etc., shall form part of the coursework.
  7. Scene work based on a Sankrit text shall be presented.

Semester 4

  1. This semester shall be dedicated to assimilate an understanding of tribal, folk, traditional, and Classical Indian theatre learning to formulate ideas and concept for the modern actor.
  2. Physical contemporary exercises will include focus on different joints, tension, relaxation, meditation, and Yoga.
  3. Contemporary exercises for voice, vocal chords, pitch, volume, projection etc. shall be studied.
  4. There shall be an introduction to acting methodology according to Stanislavky, Mayerhold, etc.
  5. Study of Drama texts from the southern regions shall be included.
  6. Production will base on a contemporary text.
  7. The sub-semester will end with the General Annual Viva.