Thrust Areas

Priority Areas

  • (A) Liberal Arts:
    • Performing Arts: Dance, Theatre, Music
    • Traditional Folk Performing Arts: Tamasha, Noutanki, Ankiya Nat, Bhavai, Dashavtara, Yakshgana, Kathakali, etc.
    • Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Film, Digital Images etc.
    • Applied Arts: Graphics, Animation, VFX technology, etc
  • (B) Cultural Studies:
    • Cultural Traditions: Classical and Vernacular Literary Traditions, Oral and Folk traditions
    • Cultural Histories: Writing histories of dance, music and theatre cultures--Indian and regional Film cultures
    • Culture Industries: Studies of Indian film industries, Music industry, Social media Popular culture in digital format
    • Visual Cultures: Indian Art, Photography, Paintings-Urban planning and Design
    • Cultural Policy: Literary, cultural and music academies of the Central and state governments, Museums, Language Policy--Cyber Laws on literary and cultural expression
    • Subaltern Cultures: Women’s cultural movements, --Dalit and Adivasi cultural life and Subaltern religious movements, Dalit and Adivasi literatures, Minority cultures
    • Conceptual histories: Writing conceptual histories of categories such as Tradition, Modernity, Democracy, Nationalism and Culture. Teacher feedback on learner uptake of form and syntactic complexity.
    • Tribal cultures and ways of documenting and protecting them for the future.
    • Demographic change in the context of northern and southern kinship systems and its implications to finance commission work.
  • (C) Religious Studies
    • Current debates in religious studies
    • Religion for Inclusion and Cohesion
    • Religions in the Modern World
    • The ritualistic aspect of religion and its evaluation.
    • Scientific inquiry into religious traditions
    • Religious reforms, Inter-religion dialogue
    • Religion and Spirituality in the contemporary World
    • Faith Conversions: Determinants and Debates
    • Divinity and Religion
    • Religious monuments, scriptures, symbols, rituals etc.
    • Comparative Religion and World Religion



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