About Us

As part of its efforts to produce an intellectual environment conducive to innovation and radically new approaches to learning, teaching and research, IIT Hyderabad integrates into its curriculum courses in the Fine Arts and the Performing Arts, unified under the rubric of "Creative Arts". If our undergraduates can expect to take courses in Signal Processing or Fluid Mechanics, they can also expect courses like "Introduction to Theatre," "Singing Kabir with Prahlad Tipaniya" or "Introduction to Pottery and Ceramics" to turn up on their course registration portal. These extremely popular courses are offered by reputed practising artists from India and abroad rather than full-time academics, so that students can have a hands-on encounter with the arts outside of typical textbook-oriented teaching and learning environments. Currently, students choose from a wide range of 1-credit courses every semester, covering core areas like painting, sculpture, music, dance, theatre, photography, film-making, creative writing, and visual design.

Some Background

Since 2009, IIT Hyderabad has regularly offered undergraduates a chance to earn credits in the fine arts. The programme began with courses in photography taught by the celebrated photographer Navroz Contractor. In Fall 2013, through the institution of a Fractal Academic Programme, Creative Arts courses became essential components of the BTech curriculum at IIT Hyderabad; renowned actor and director MK Raina offered our first 1-credit CA course as part of Fractal Academics that semester. Students in all four years of their BTech programme now opt for one or more Creative Arts (acronymously called CA) courses every semester. While CA courses are mandatory for undergraduates, other members of the IIT Hyderabad community-including students enrolled in Masters and Doctoral programmes, faculty, staff, and their families-frequently make use of their standing invitation to participate in these courses.

Contact Person

Dr. Nandini Ramesh Sankar

Faculty Incharge

Dr. Haripriya Narasimhan
Dr. Nandini Ramesh Sankar
Dr. G. V. V. Sharma
Dr. Siva Rama Krishna Vanjari
Dr. Neelkantan
Dr. Deepak John Methew


V.Hanumanth Goud
Email: hanu4b2@iith.ac.in

Sreeparna Chowdhury
Email: sreeparna@iith.ac.in

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