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.
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.
BA (Hons) Degree in Sitar (Single & Joint) or BA (Hons) Sitar with Education or equivalent qualifications.
General and Programme Requirements – Special Cases
The following may be deemed to have satisfied the general and programme requirements for admission:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.