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Wednesday , January 22 , 2014
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Learn the art of performance

- Dibrugarh University to help affiliated colleges introduce courses

Dibrugarh, Jan. 21: Dibrugarh University will help its affiliated colleges start performing arts courses while its department, Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Performing Arts, will introduce a PhD course in Xattriya this year.

The move follows the Assam government’s instructions to the colleges to start courses in the performing arts.

The university runs undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Xattriya, theatre art and vocal music. It is now working to introduce the same in its affiliated colleges and the department will assist them by providing the syllabi.

“After gaining approval from the university, the colleges could start performing arts courses. We will assist them with the syllabi,” said Karabi Deka Hazarika, director of the centre. She said at present six colleges under the university conduct performing arts courses without its approval.

Hazarika said they were hopeful of starting a PhD course in Xattriya from this year. “Last year the first batch of students has completed Masters in Xattriya. Now we can start a PhD course. The university has put in place the required formalities to start the course. We are hopeful of starting it this year,” she said.

Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Performing Arts, the first of its kind in the state, was set up in 2008. At present it runs three undergraduate and three post-graduate courses.

Gautam Sharma, a faculty member, said currently the centre has 137 students. He said the Masters course in vocal music was introduced last year with 17 students in its first batch. The first batch of students in theatre art will complete its course in another six months.

Guest lecturers from different art schools, such as the National School of Drama, visit the centre to guide the students. Senior professors such as Robin Das and Sudhir Kulkarni have shared their experiences with the students. Some renowned names of the state in the field of performing arts, such as Prasanta Sharma from Sivasagar and Hemanta Phukan from Dergaon, have also guided the students.

Gauhati University had decided to start a course on Bihu last year but is yet to do so.

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