Have you found a calling in theatre, drama, dance, and music? If performance has been your key strength through school and you’ve always enjoyed being on the stage and in the limelight, showcasing your talent to the world, then a Bachelors in performing arts (BPA) may just be the course for you. However, you must be absolutely certain about your interest in pursuing it professionally, because a career in this field can be challenging and involves a good dose of perseverance.
Students applying for this degree will need to clear entrance tests, which evaluate their aptitude and ability. Since it’s a relatively new degree in India, you will first need to check if a particular university offers this course. Also, do not confuse performing arts with fine arts - they’re entirely different courses. Fine arts are design-based courses for those who enjoy visual art. The course duration for a BPA can range from 3 to 4 years, and a common degree is a BPA in Theatre Arts. From nuances in the language, pronunciation, voice modulation, and make-up, to theory on Indian history and culture, Indian, Greek, and Elizabethan theatre and famous plays and playwrights – the course content is exhaustive and exciting. It also involves a large practical component, where students are tested on their skills and application of knowledge. Students who are interested in the field, but not sure of taking it up professionally, can take up various short-duration courses offered by theatre companies as well as performing arts colleges.