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India-Performing Arts

Performing Arts of India


     First Apply Online          Then, Complete the Paper Application

*** DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15 2014 ***




Bangalore, Cheruthuruti, & Mumbai, India


December 29 2014 - January 20 2015

Credits Offered


3 CREDITS (CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

undergraduate students - THEA 397.73 - 3 credits

graduate students - THC 725.85 - 3 credits

Application Deadline

October 15

Financial Aid


PELL, student loans


Program Fee

$ 1,000 (estimate) includes housing with meals, excursions, and international health insurance. Airfare not included.

Payment Schedule

$350 due with application. $650 due November 21. All payments by certified checks or money orders (no cash, personal checks, or credit cards).


Program Description

During three weeks in India, students in this Education Abroad program will be introduced to a wide variety of Indian performing arts through lecture-demonstrations, participatory performance classes, performances, readings, presentations, and group discussions. They will experience dance forms such as bharata natyam, kuchipudi and mohiniyattam, dance-drama traditions including kathakali and kuttiyattam, and many varieties of puppetry. Students will spend the first week in Bangalore attending a puppetry festival, seeing local attractions, and taking workshops. The following two weeks of the program will take place in the small rural town of Cheruthuruti, in the southern state of Kerala, where students will live communally and have daily performance classes, lectures, attend performances, and interact with traditional artists. An optional side trip to take part in the Indian Society for Theatre Research conference in Mumbai will be available to graduate students for an extra fee. The program offers students a unique, intimate experience of Indian performance, drawing on the organizers' personal connections to members of the arts communities throughout India and invites students to connect closely with Indian culture and lifestyle.




Credits & Grades

Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count towards their Hunter GPA.


Site Visits & Excursions

  • Bangalore, India: Puppetry festival
  • Cheruthuruti, India: Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi dance-drama training
  • (optional) Mumbai, India: International Federation of Theatre Research, IFTR



Academic Inquiries Administrative Inquiries 

Prof. Claudia Orenstein

Dept. of Theatre
Office: North 520A
Phone: 212-772-4228

Education Abroad Office, Room E1447

Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30pm
Phone: (212) 772-4983 
Fax: (212) 772-5005





Tuition - $ 780 (undergraduate); $ 1,685 (graduate)

Program Fee - $ 1,000


Not included in Program Fee:

Airfare - $ 1,200


TOTAL US $ 2,980 (undergraduate)

TOTAL US $ 3,885 (graduate)




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