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Performing Arts

Performing arts refers to forms of art in which artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience.

Giving life a shape, DPSGV believes in its ethos that there is no greater feat of the creative spirit than the amalgamation of good work, good character and good personality. With these principles at the heart of all academic pursuits and with great sincerity the school delves into the realm of performing arts – a confluence of music, dance and theatre, through which our children share with others a sense of what it is to be a human being. It is a common thread that binds all and runs throughout the schooling years, exposing children to a wide variety of music, theatre and dance forms.

Theatre, music, dance and object manipulation, and other kinds of performances are present in all human cultures. Many performing arts are performed professionally. Performance can be in purpose built buildings, such as theatres, skits ,dance performances AND Performing arts of India have had a long  and  rich  development of growth and development. Performing arts has a well-placed significance in the civilization and tradition of Indian society. Indian  performing arts are well  praised by people from across the globe. Love, humour, suffering, anger, bravery, fear, repulsion, wonder and peacefulness are the   nine basic   emotions, which are basic to   all Indian aesthetics. Based on these nine fundamental emotions, the Indian performing arts exist.

DPSGV believes the fact that kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents not only related to academics but co-curricular activities as well. To open the door of creativity for students, the school organizes Spic Macay art form to create an awareness among our youth about the rich and heterogenous cultural tapesty of classical arts. The power to question is the basis of human progress. And to initiate this thought in the minds of students, DPSGV has theatrical Nukkad Nataks performances by students especially on events like Manavadhikar ,Save girl child and other sensitive and contemporary topics. The DPSGV team always try to integrate the academic and the co-curricular activities and various clubs like Dance, Theatre and Music which are promoted by the school.

Types of Performing Arts of India 

The four major performing arts of India are dance, music, theatre and film. Following are the types of Performing Arts of India:

Dance: Indian Dance dates back to the earliest Indus Valley Civilization. It is traced on carved stones which the earliest Indian civilization gave importance to diverse forms of Dance. Dance when combined with song and storytelling, dance metamorphosed into theatre. The different dance form of India offers scintillating experiences to the viewers. Along with the major dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, and Odissi, some other local and tribal versions of dances are also practiced in India. Kathakali gained much eminence from the universal community. Chakyar Kootthu, a dance practiced in Northern Kerala is accepted by the United Nations. The Kathak style started in northern India and stressed on musical footwork. Manipuri of Manipur uses elegant turning and winning in its dances. 


Drama: It may be staged on any kind of stage: proscenium stage or open stage. Traditional 'Jatra' in Odisha, for example, was staged on a theatre-in-the round around which the audience sit and view the play. Its difference from dance is that the drama has a plot, i.e. a series of events based on meaningful narratives leading to a structural unity. Each part of the plot is related to the other parts in such a way that if any one part is dropped, displaced or removed the whole plot may mean something else or may become meaningless. The plot can be divided into episodes, which can again be divided into actions. There are dramatic characters to play various roles in the play as required by the plot. Actors play out these roles of the characters. The dialogue or the monologue or even the soliloquies are meant for an audience. A drama must have a well-knit plot with some characters and actions. Giti Natya or Dance drama has dramatic plot but the whole theme is narrated through dance.

At DPSGV we believe that the art of acting upholds the human spirit and we appreciate all forms of acting. In many ways we think that theatre promotes the 21st century competencies of creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, character, culture and citizenship. And, in developing these very skills and competencies, children are engaged in collaborating at all levels right from scripting to acting to directing for the various intra-school and interschool competitions. We take pride in the fact that DPSGV-ites pursue Theatre with utmost sincerity and have time and again proven their prowess in various competitions bringing home many laurels.

Music: Evolution of Indian Music goes back to the Vedas. Two types of classical music, Carnatic and Hindustani have been commenced following the 5th century and had been influenced by Bhakti traditions. Other varieties of Indian Music are the folk, popular and pop. Indian filmy music and Punjabi pop (Bhangra) are considered as world-class melodic genres. The Muslims aggressors influenced the Hindustani instruments, styles and schools of performance.

Music is a popular subject at DPSGV and it finds its way into the deepest core of the hearts of the children. Knowing fully well that children have diverse interests and catering to multiple intelligence, the Music Department at DPSGV schedules a number of programmes for all students and offers a plethora of opportunities in both Indian and Western categories for which the children are trained through the years. In course of the various events organized by the school, the students perform and showcase their talents. Children are also encouraged to pursue their interests at higher levels in life. We can say this with great pride that our students bring home many accolades and encomiums as accomplished singers and musicians.

Cinema: Indian films command a vast domestic market and are well-liked in overseas, mainly in Asia, Africa and West Asia. The period of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke is considered as the date of development of Indian films. Phalke's 'Raja Harishchandra' is considered as the primary film of India. The major Indian movie centres are Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Despite popular entertainment through commercial cinema, art cinema deals with serious themes chiefly related to Indian society.