Postgraduate Programmes

MA Performing Arts (Sitar)

1. Objectives

This programme will provide opportunities to students to have an in-depth knowledge and skills in Sitar playing. It will enhance and reinforce creativity, understanding, teaching and critical appreciation of Hindustani Music with special emphasis to Sitar.

2. General Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with:

  • At least a second class or 50% whichever is applicable or
  • A GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution or
  • Alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius/ Mahatma Gandhi Institute

3. Program Requirement

At least a second class Degree in Performing Arts (Sitar), B.A (Hons) Performing Arts (Sitar) with Education or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the UOM/ MGI.

4. Minimum credits required for the awards:

  • Masters Degree - 42 Credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 24 Credits
  • Postgraduate Certificate - 15 Credits

Breakdown as Follows:

Modules Core Taught
Optional Modules
Master’s Degree: 24 credits 12 credits 6 credits
Postgraduate Diploma: 24 credits - -
Postgraduate Certificate: 12 credits - -

5. Programme Duration

The duration of the Graduate Programme should normally not exceed 4 years (8 semesters) and in any case (under Flexible Learning Programme) not more than 7 years (14 semesters).

 Normal (P/T)Maximum (P/T)
Master's Degree: 4 semesters 8 semesters
Postgraduate Diploma: 4 semesters 8 semesters
Postgraduate Certificate: 2 semesters 4 semesters

6. Credit System

As per University Regulations


All modules will carry 100 marks and will be assessed as follows unless otherwise specified:

  • Theory modules MAIS 5101, MAIS 5103, MAIS 5209 AND MAIS 5211 will be based on Written Examination (WE) of 3-hours duration, carrying 70% of the total 100 marks, out of which 30% will be from Continuous Assessment (CA).
  • Practical modules MAIS 5102, MAIS 5104 and MAIS 5110 will carry 100 marks, out of which 30% will be from Continuous Assessment (CA) and 70% from Viva Voce.
  • MAIS 5212 - Stage Performance (Concert) will carry 100 marks, out of which 35% will be from Viva Voce, while demonstration will carry 10 marks for semi-classical/light music, 25 marks for classical music and 30 marks will be from Continuous Assessment (CA).
  • Continuous Assessment (CA) may be based on assignments, practical tests, theory tests and exposés.
  • There is no level attached to modules, i.e. each module carries its own credit value.
  • For a student to pass a module, an overall total of 40% for combined Continuous Assessment (CA) and Written Examination (WE) components would be required, without minimum thresholds within the individual CA and WE components.
    The same criterion will apply for modules being assessed jointly.  Note that all overall marks for the two modules will be considered and not the individual marks for each of the two modules.

8. Submission Deadlines for Dissertation:

  • 1st draft end of July in the final year
  • Final copy: Last working day of August in the final year

9. Choice of Electives

Students will be required to submit their choice of electives in order of priority by the middle of Semester I of year I.

The UOM/MGI reserve the right not to offer a given elective module if the critical number of students is not attained and/or for reasons of resource constraints.

10. List of Modules

Module Name
History and Evolution of Sitar
Sitar Techniques
Musical Forms
Vagyakara Lakshanam
Aesthetics and appreciation of Indian Music
Anibaddha and Nabaddha gaan
Raga Anga
Comparative Study of Ragas




Importance of Drama in Indian Aesthetics and Bharata’s Theory of Rasa
Sitar; its maintenance
Role of Expression in an Art form with special reference to Sitar
Hindustani Music in Mauritius

Note: Submission Deadline for Dissertation

  • First Draft: End of July in the Final Year
  • Final Copy: Last working day of  August in the Final Year

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