Ma performing Arts (Sitar) gi515 Objectives



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MA Performing Arts (Sitar) - GI515


  1. Objectives

The programme will provide opportunities to students to have an in-depth knowledge and skills in Sitar playing. It will enhance and reinforce creativity, understanding, teaching and critical appreciation of Hindustani Music with special emphasis to Sitar.




  1. General Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with




  • at least a Second Class or 50%, whichever is applicable or

  • a GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution.


OR alternative qualifications acceptable to the MGI/University of Mauritius.


  1. Programme Requirements

BA (Hons) Degree in Sitar (Single & Joint) or BA (Hons) Sitar with Education or equivalent qualifications.




  1. General and Programme Requirements – Special Cases

The following may be deemed to have satisfied the general and programme requirements for admission:




  1. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the requirements as per Regulations 1 and 2 above but who submit satisfactory evidence of having passed examinations which are deemed by the Senate to be equivalent to any of those listed.

  2. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the requirements as per Regulations 1 and 2 above but who in the opinion of Senate submit satisfactory evidence of the capacity and attainments requisite to enable them to pursue the programme proposed.




  1. Programme Duration

The programme will be offered on a part-time basis. The duration of the Post-Graduate Programme should not exceed 4 years in any case (8 semesters) as follows:-


Normal Maximum
Masters 4 Semesters 8 Semesters

Postgraduate Diploma 4 Semesters 8 Semesters

Postgraduate Certificate 2 Semesters 4 Semesters


  1. Credits per Semester

Minimum 3 credits subject to Regulation 5.




  1. Minimum Credits Required for

Masters Degree Award : 36 Credits

Postgraduate Diploma Award : 24 Credits

Postgraduate Certificate Award : 12 Credits



Breakdown as follows:
(Minimum Core Dissertation Elective/

Taught Modules Optional Module
Master’s Award 24 Credits 9 Credits 3 Credits

Postgraduate Diploma 24 Credits

Postgraduate Certificate 12 Credits


  1. Assessment

All modules will carry 100 marks and will be assessed as follows unless otherwise specified:-


Written examination of 3 hour duration at the end of every semester carrying 35% of the total marks. Practical – viva-voce and demonstration 35% and Continuous Assessment carrying 30%, unless otherwise stated.
Continuous Assessment will be based on assignment/s and will include at least one class test.


  1. Choice of Electives

Students will be required to submit their choice of Elective by the middle of Semester I of Year 1. The University/MGI reserves the right not to offer a given Elective module if the critical number of students is not attained and/or for reasons of resource constraints.


Important Note
Students are advised to consult the “General Information to Students” booklet available at the Registrar’s office of the University of Mauritius or at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute library for further details.
10. List of Modules


CORE MODULES

Hrs/Wk

L + P

Credits


MAIS 5101

History and evolution of Sitar

3 + 0

3

MAIS 5102

Sitar Techniques

1 + 4

3

MAIS 5103

Musical forms

3 + 0

3

MAIS 5104

Vagyakara Lakshanam

1 + 4

3

MAIS 5209

Aesthetics and appreciation of Indian music

4 + 1

3

MAIS 5210

Anibaddha and Nibaddha gaan

1 + 4

3

MAIS 5211

Raga Anga

3 + 1

3

MAIS 5212

Comparative study of Ragas

1 + 4

3

MAIS 5000

Dissertation




9


ELECTIVES
MAIS 5105

Importance of Drama in Indian Aesthetics and Bharata’s theory of Rasa




3 + 0


3


MAIS 5106

Sitar; its maintenance

-

3

MAIS 5107

Role of expression in an art form with special reference to Sitar

-

3

MAIS 5108

Hindustani Music in Mauritius

-

3

11. Programme Plan


Year 1


Semester 1


Semester 2

Code

Module

Hrs / Wk

L + P

Credits


Code

Module

Hrs / Wk

L + P

Credits


MAIS 5101

History and evolution of Sitar

3 + 0


3

MAIS 5103

Musical Forms


3 + 0


3

MAIS 5102

Sitar Techniques


1 + 4

3

MAIS 5104

Vagyakara Lakshanam


1 + 4

3













ELECTIVES

Any one of the following




















MAIS 5205

Importance of Drama in Indian Aesthetics and Bharata’s theory of Rasa

3 + 0


3













MAIS 5106

Sitar; its maintenance

3 + 0


3













MAIS 5107

Role of expression in an art form with special reference to Sitar

3 + 0


3













MAIS 5108

Hindustani Music in Mauritius

3 + 0


3

Year 2


Semester 1

Semester 2


Code

Module

Hrs / Wk

L + P

Credits


Code

Module

Hrs / Wk

L + P

Credits


MAIS 5209

Aesthetics and appreciation of Indian Music

4 +1


3

MAIS 5211


Raga Anga


3 + 1


3

MAIS 5210

Anibaddha and Nibaddha gaan

1 + 4


3

MAIS 5212


Comparative Study of Ragas

1 + 4

3

MAIS 5000

Dissertation

-

-

MAIS 5000

Dissertation

-

9



12. Outline Syllabus
MAIS 5000 - DISSERTATION

Students will be required to write between 12,000 to 15,000 words on a topic approved by the departmental board assisted by a supervisor.


A dissertation equivalent to three modules of about 12,000 to 15,000 words. Guidance in Research Methodology will also be given. Topics for dissertations to be finalised by the end of Semester II of first year. Submission date of Dissertation: End of Semester IV.
MAIS 5101 -HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF SITAR

This module aims at providing an in-depth knowledge of the history and evolution of the Sitar from the harp stage, harp with resonator, tuning pegs, lute stage, unfretted and fretted to the modern sitar existing now.


MAIS 5102 - SITAR TECHNIQUES

This module aims at providing further knowledge on the technical aspects in Sitar playing. Varieties of Tanas. Factors that determines the total quality of an instrument. Advanced tuning methods. Prescribed Ragas are: Ahir Bhairav, Multani, Adana and Paraj.


MAIS 5103 - MUSICAL FORMS

This module aims at providing an in-depth knowledge of musical forms existing from Vedic to the present time (viz). (i) samagana (ii) Dhruva – gaan(iii) Maha geetak (iv) Prabandha (v) Evolution of Dhrupad and Khayal (vi) Evolution of gats.




MAIS 5104 -VAGYAKARA LAKSHANAM

This module aims at providing an in-depth study about the good and bad qualities of a musician (Instrumentalist). Concept and trend of practice (Riyaz) in the different Gharanas of Sitar playing.

Prescribed Ragas – Lalit, Madhuvanti, Desi and Shahana
MAIS 5105 - IMPORTANCE OF DRAMA IN INDIAN AESTHETICS AND BHARATA’S THEORY OF RASA

Sangeet is a technical term generally used for Vocal, Instrumental and Dance when all are being exhibited on the same stage. In this context music is meant to sustain and support a drama. Hence this module aims at the study and understanding of aesthetic values to its depth.


MAIS 5106 - SITAR; ITS MAINTENANCE

Musical instruments are very delicate and sensitive and for better performance they need regular care all the time. So this module aims at providing all the necessary knowledge for a good maintenance of the instrument concerned.


MAIS 5107 - ROLE OF EXPRESSION IN AN ART FORM WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO SITAR

This module deals with the role of expression mainly during a musical performance, the means of expression and the factors responsible for expression while presenting a Raga.


MAIS 5108 - HINDUSTANI MUSIC IN MAURITIUS

This module deals with a brief evolution of Hindustani (North Indian) Music in Mauritius since the arrival of indentured labourers till date. Emphasis will be laid on Vocal and Instrumental Music and contributions of pioneers to this field.


Identified topics:


  1. Folk Music

  2. Devotional Music

  3. Classical Music

  4. Popular Music


MAIS 5209 - AESTHETICS AND APPRECIATION OF INDIAN MUSIC

This module will provide scope for the study of aesthetics in relation to Indian music. The concept of Kaku which is primarily a factor for intonational variations and modulations.



MAIS 5210 - ANIBADDHA AND NIBADDHA GAAN

This module focuses on an in-depth study of the Anibaddha (unbound) and Nibaddha (bound) aspects of Indian music.


Ragas prescribed - Gujari Todi, Miyan ki Malhar, Kaunsi Kanhara and Abhogi.
MAIS 5211 - RAGA ANGA

This module aims at an in-depth understanding of the essential requisites and components of ragas.


MAIS 5212 - COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RAGAS
This module aims at a comparative study in the treatment of Ragas.

Ragas prescribed: Bilaskhani Todi, Shyam Kalyan and Bahar



Ragas prescribed for comparative study: Any two of the following Ragas:
(i) Bilaskhani Todi - Bhairavi (ii) Shyam Kalyan – Shuddha Sarang
(iii) Miyan Malhar - Bahar





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