The vision and dream of Pt.Madan Mohan Malviya-The globally reputed temple of Learning. The Banaras Hindu University contributed greatly to the development of society and culture.
The Cultural facets of the educational process also have a strong hold in the University. Pt.Malviyajee has a clear vision of projecting 'Learning', in the form of Kala (Music,Dance,Fine Arts) Vidya (Humanities and Science) and Adhyatma (Spirituality). The Faculty of Performing Arts is a premier institution in the country that inculcates the students both Kala and Vidya through Performing Arts.
As a seat of traditional learning the Faculty of Performing Arts initially names as "Sri Kala Sangeet Bharti", was instituted as a college of Music and Fine Arts in the year 1950. Due to the relentless efforts of Pt.Govind Malviya and the founder Principal Sangeet Martand Pt. Omkarnath Thakur in 1966 the college got reshaped with three distinct departments viz. Vocal Music, Instrumental Music and Musicology.
Over a period of five decades the academic activities of the faculty are nurtured through training students from all over the world in the classical traditional art of Music and Dance, both the North and South Indian genres. It has got the distinction to start the first pioneer Department of Musicology in the country headed by eminent musicologists Late Prof.Prem Lata Sharma.
Faculty has the glory of having outstanding artists, creative musicians, scholarly teachers and musicologists as faculty members, many of whom were honored by prestigious Padma Awards, National & State awards and fellowships in recognition o their contributions in the firld of Performing Arts.
- 1949-School of Music and Fine arts
1950-College of Music and Fine arts (Srikala Sangeet Bharati)
1966-Faculty of Performing Arts with 3 Departments-Vocal, Instrumental and Musicology
1973-Dance Section Introduced
2007-Dance Department Establishment
The premier institution to start Indian Classical Music as an University Curriculum.
Specialty in training Indian classical music incorporating North Indian,
South Indian Classical Music, Dance & Musicology.
With the vision of great mentors like Padmashree Pt.Omkar Nath Thakur, Padmashree.Pt.Balwant Rai Bhatt, Prof, B.R.Deodhar, Padmashree Prof.Premlata Sharma, Dr.Lalmani Mishra, Padmabhusan Prof.N.Rajam the Faculty has attained a landmark in the field of music making continuous progress. The ethical values are inherent in music deeply rooted to traditional learning creating a balance of guru-shishya parampara and modern institutionalized training.
For strengthening the academic curriculum the Faculty conducts creative pursuits like weekly seminars and concerts of music and dance, yearly music fests and workshops are a regular part of the curriculum Renowned musicians of global reputation are regularly invited for lecture demonstration for the benefit of the students.
Presently the academic curriculum offers a wide range of courses under Four Departments:-Vocal, Instrumental, Dance and Musicology which attracts a large number of students from all over the country and abroad as well. The course of music has been a role model for other Universities.
Every year the Faculty conducts UET/ PET tests for the selection of students. The Faculty also runs Diploma courses in Music and Dance, which are very popular among the students. The Faculty has the privilege of having the maximum no. of foreign students in the University, large number of whom are I.C.C.R. scholarship holders.