When this University was set up in 1956, the rulers of Khairagarh gifted their palace to establish a University of Music and Fine Arts. Late Raja Birendra Bahadur Singh and Her majesty Late Rani Padmavati Devi named this University ' Indira' after their daughter who was fond of music.
This is the only university of performing and visual arts in Southeast Asia. It offers courses related to various art forms such as classical vocal music (Hindustani and Carnatic), classical instrumental music (Hindustani and carnatic), classical dance styles (Kathak and Bharatanatyam), folk dance and music, painting, sculpture and graphics. It teaches subjects such as History of Indian art and culture and various literatures. It also imparts education and conducts researches in Indian Performing Visual Art forms.
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