School of Performing Arts

School of Performing Arts

Turn your creativity into a great career!

The historical heritage of Bengali specifically Indian performing arts is almost 4000 years old. In Bengal, no other private institution has ever taken such a great step for enhancing the Performing Arts Department and making it a glorious career opportunity. International perspectives and under the guidance of young and experienced professionals various degree courses on dancing, and singing have been started keeping in mind the Indian culture. Along with the Under Graduate courses in North Indian Classical, Rabindra Sangeet, Rabindra Nrtiya, and in Bharat Natyam, Diploma courses have also been started. Performing Arts has not only been a certified career option but also in higher studies for over a century in India. This Department started in 2020, focusing mainly on research and critical understanding of art forms such as Dance, Drama, and Music. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda always acknowledged the rightful place of music and dance in their vision of education. The department organizes regular functions and festivals like:


Poush Mela is celebrated for three days. Performances of Bengali folk music, dance, firework displays and others are held during three days. Maghotsav This festival is celebrated by our university.



The Foundation Day is celebrated on 22nd February of every year. The Sister Nivedita University was inaugurated on this day in 2017. Every year this day is celebrated as the foundation day of the University. Students along with teachers perform on the stage. Renowned artists are also invited to the University for Guest Performances, and everything is done to pay respects to Sister Nivedita.



The festival of colors otherwise known as "Holi", all over India, is actually known as "Doljatra" in Bengal and is famous as Basanta Utsav. To celebrate unity in diversity of the country, this festival was started by Kavi Guru Rabindranath Tagore. During this season the nature appears to be even more beautiful with the vibrant colors of the palash, shimul, krishnachura. In Kolkata, Basanta Utsav is celebrated with colorful performances ranging from dances, singing, recitations, dramas and many more. The performers wear graceful dresses and show off their colors on stage, dancing to Rabindra Sangeet. Applying abir (coloured powder) on the feet of the elders and on the faces of others, unifies traditions and values.



International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance on 29th April, birth anniversary of Jean- Georges Noverre, modern ballet dancer, by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), associated with UNESCO. The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held on the date all over the world.



Rabindra Jayanti or even more commonly known as 25e Boisakh celebrates the Birth Anniversary of the legendary Noble Laureate poet Vishwa Kavi Rabindranath Tagore. On this very auspicious day the students and the faculty members of the university pay their tributes to the immortal spirit. Various kind of performances are staged throughout the day. The performances are both performed in a hall and also on the Muktangan (open air theater).



" Where words fail, music speaks"- Hans Christian Andersen
As we turn the pages of a calender with lots of hope in mind we search for holidays. Like that 21st June is the day a musician search for. It's their day to showcase their talent. World music day was first celebrated in the year 1982. Jack Lang, the French minister of culture first coined this idea of celebrating music day. This avant- garde idea was officially staged for the first time in Paris. Jack Lange and Maurice Fleuret initiated the first ever music festival in Paris. From that day people celebrate World Music day with pleasure and grandeur.


BARSHA MANGAL UTSAV (The Monsoon Festival: JULY)

“Oh come the great monsoons, oh heavenly monsoons, bring the joy and happiness unto this land”- just like this the whole of SNU bids the monsoons to come and start the showers of joy on the city of joy (Bengal), the chatak plays around and the fragrant smell of wet soil stays in the air. The welcoming of the monsoons is done through various creations of Rabindranath Tagore like dances on Rabindra Sangeet, poems and instrumental music. This has always been a special evening on the SNU campus.



Tagore always believed in the co-existence of mankind and nature, and thus introduced 'Vriksharopan'. This is actually a part of the environmental awareness programme, which SNU is following the same. Planting of saplings accompanied by singing and dancing is a very beautiful sight to behold. Halrakshan is always celebrated after Vriksharopan and it is primarily aimed at providing the work of ploughing its deserved dignity. Tagore was strongly against cutting down of trees in the rural areas. Tagore's death philosophy involved the birth of new life through the growth of new trees.



The month of festivals, that all the Indians and speciallythe Bengalis wait for is October because many festivals are held during this month. People enjoy every bit of all the festivals, like- Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, and Kali Puja (Deepavali / Dusshera). So, before the university goes on for the Puja Vacations Sharadotsav is celebrated with various performances welcoming Devi Durga to destroy the evil Mahishasura (the negativity of the society and of our minds) and bring us joy.



Ajeet Kumar Chakraborty written “In the year 1909 on the birth or death of great personalities”, in his book 'Brahmavidyalaya' (1911) which was decided to discuss their character and advice in Shantiniketan. On the Christmas Day first ceremony was observed through Sri Chaitanya and Kabir. This type of discussion was the effect of the promise of getting acquainted with to understanding the great personalities. Since then this kind of ceremonies have been observed on every Christmas Day in Shantiniketan.


CoursesYearsSemesterEligibility CriteriaMarks Required
B.A. (Performing Arts) (Dance) (Honours / Honours with Research)4810+2 Pass Out from any board. Students from any stream can apply.50%
B.A. (Performing Arts) (Drama) (Honours / Honours with Research)4810+2 Pass Out from any board. Students from any stream can apply.50%
B.A. (Performing Arts) (Music) (Honours / Honours with Research)4810+2 Pass Out from any board. Students from any stream can apply.50%
Ph.D. (Performing Arts) (Full Time / Part Time)3 or 5

Advisor - Performing Arts



A versatile creative personality Goutam Ghosh is a composer, conductor, arranger, educator, writer, music critic. He has composed music for around 250 dramas in Bengali and Hindi and different languages. He also composed music for feature films, short films, telefilms, operas, large ensemble orchestras, and large choir. He has several music albums to his credit and has been felicitated for his work in the country and foreign countries like the Canada United States Europe and China. Mr. Ghosh has served as a visiting faculty at the SFTI, Bengal Music College under the University of Calcutta and, Humber College, Harris Institute, La Orientale, Univ of Lodz, and others. As a music composer and professor did several National and international workshops and seminars on Indian Music for educational purposes. He was the coordinator for Western Classical Music courses and also the Director of J.N. Tagore Centre of Research at the Rabindra Bharati University.

Dr. Tapan Roy

Professor and Head - Performing Arts

Ph.D in Folk Music from Kalyani University.


Dr.Tapan Roy, a renowned Bengali folk singer & researcher is specialized in a wide range of Bengali folk songs. Pursued masters in Vocal Music from Rabindra Bharati University & doctorate in Bengali folk song from Kalyani University. Learnt Loksangeet from Shri Dinendra Chaudhuri. Playbacked many songs in the film, Dekha directed by Gautam Ghosh & documentary films “Lalon Fakir” directed by Iswar Chakraborty, In the land of Chhinopatra directed by Saibal Mitra, documentary film on Shekh Mujibar Rahman named Kolkatay Mujib directed by Gautam Ghosh and title songs for dramas, Nakchabita by Bibhas Chakraborty & Matir Gobhire by Ashok Mukhopadhyay. Participated in Bangla Utsav, Canada, Nababarsha Utsav at Dhaka Club, Bangladesh.1st album "Akashe Batashe" published by HMV & released many Bengali folk music albums through renowned audio companies. Worked as music director in renowned group theatres. Mentor of the 1st Women's Bengali Folk Band, MADOL & MUKTOBERI, the 1st Prison Inmates Folk Music Band in India.

Kausani Ghosh

Assistant Professor - Performing Arts


Proficient playback singer & performing artist in Indian Contemporary Music with over 18 years of experience. Formally Trained in Hindustani Classical Music by Pandit Mohanlal Mishra & Smt. Sangeeta Bannerjee in Benaras & Lucknow Gharana. She earned her recognition from TV shows like ZEE Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa & won prominent TV reality show title STAR OF KOLKATA from Tazza TV.. & featured in various musical tv & radio shows in Zee Bangla, ETV Bangla, Aakash Aath, Ruposhi Bangla, Tara Muzik: Dhoom Music, DD Bangla, 98.3 Radio Mirchi & Akash Vani. She sang as a playback singer for Zee Bangla Rashi's title song. Star Jalsha Chokher Tara Tui Title Song, Bengali Feature Film, Kintu Jodi Tobe, Love Hate Dhoka, Samay, etc. She released her solo album from T-Series, Raga Music, Prime Music. & received the prestigious Manabendra award for one of her solo albums also. She is an energetic performer who did numerous corporate events & cultural shows, in India & abroad.

Dr. Sugata Das

Assistant Professor - Performing Arts (Dance)

Ph.D in Dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata


Dr. Sugata Das has completed his Ph.D, Graduation and Post Graduation in Dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has completed his higher studies from University of Roehamptom, London, UK.

He is a National Scholar as well as a Junior Research Fellow in dance, CCRT, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Dr. Das also completed his Diploma in Dance, Recitation and Rabindra Sangeet from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.

Dr. Anubha Sen

Assistant Professor - Performing Arts

Ph.D. in Rabindra Sangeet from Sangeet Bhavan, Visva- Bharati


Ph.D in Rabindra Sangeet from Sangeet Bhavan, Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan under the supervision of Dr. Nandita Basu Sarbadhikary. Acquire Hindustani Classical Music knowledge from Acharya Jayanta Bose and Rabindra Sangeet from Swastika Mukhopadhyay. Affiliated artist of Prasar Bharati Akashbani Kolkata, Doordarshan Kolkata, and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. Released Music Albums of Rabindra Sangeet from Golden voice, Rag Ranjani media & entertainment, Ananya Music, Bhavna records, etc. She also did many performances for cultural events in India & abroad.

Turna Das

Assistant Professor - Performing Arts (Drama)

Persuing Ph.D in Drama


Turna Das is a Theatre Practitioner and Researcher. She worked as an actress with prolific theatre personalities such as Sohag Sen, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Usha Ganguly, Padmasree Niranjan Goswami, Anjan Dutta, Saurav Palodhi, Anirban Bhattacharya, Arna Mukhopadhyay and many more. She received Paschimbanga Natya Academy Award, Zee Bangla Gourab Samman, Ebela Ajeya Award, Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellowship, NET-JRF, Scholarship for Young Artistes from CCRT, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and many other fellowships and awards as well. She is a Doctoral Fellow at Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. She worked as a Research-Fellow at The Asiatic Society, Kolkata. She also worked with Spazio-Seme, Italy as an actress and an actor-trainer. Currently, she works as an actress with several theatre groups in Kolkata.

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CoursesFee During Admission (Including 1st Semester Fee / 1st installment for annual scheme)Fee 2nd semester / 2nd installment onwardsProgram Fees Total
B.A. (Performing Arts) (Dance) (Honours / Honours with Research)4000012000124000
B.A. (Performing Arts) (Drama) (Honours / Honours with Research)4000012000124000
B.A. (Performing Arts) (Music) (Honours / Honours with Research)4000012000124000
Ph.D. (Performing Arts) (Full Time / Part Time)9025070000480250


SNU SchoolDepartmentCourseCurriculum Structure & Syllabus
School of Performing ArtsPerforming ArtsB.A. (Performing Arts) (Dance) (Honours / Honours with Research)Click To View
School of Performing ArtsPerforming ArtsB.A. (Performing Arts) (Drama) (Honours / Honours with Research)Click To View
School of Performing ArtsPerforming ArtsB.A. (Performing Arts) (Music) (Honours / Honours with Research)Click To View
School of Performing ArtsPerforming ArtsPh.D. (Performing Arts) (Full Time / Part Time)Click To View

School of Performing Arts

Ans: Not only to get a job, but also to fulfill your dream as a dancer, singer or actor.

School of Performing Arts

Ans: After successfully completing your B.A & M.A we will arrange various campus interviews for you, specially for media houses, playback singing, acting, choreography and teaching throughout the country.
Interested candidates can apply to fulfill their dreams in the field of research (Ph.D). While pursuing a Ph.D, the candidate can publish his paper in ISBN, ISSN journals and also can present his paper in UGC seminars. After achieving a Doctorate Degree you (scholar) can apply for the post of Assistant Professor in Performing Arts all over the world.
You will be trained by our experienced professors to get a national/ international scholarship or fellowship.
We give opportunities to showcase your talent by arranging music and dance festivals, and workshops throughout the year.

School of Performing Arts

Ans: We have facilities of centrally AC Dance Studio with wooden floor and mirror wall, Gym, Equipped recording studio, Auditorium, Seminar hall, Open-air Theatre (OAT/ Muktangan).