Swetha Mangalath, Educator & Researcher .

Swetha is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism, as well as in Classical Dance. She completed her doctoral studies in Performance and Communication Studies under the faculty of Fine Arts from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She was an anchor and program assistant in Doordarshan Kendra, as well as a casual announcer in All India Radio.

Swetha worked as Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) in Mangalore, Karnataka. She is the coordinator for the online ART Journalism certificate program provided by St. Aloysius College’s Learning portal. Additionally, she is actively training and motivating student communities to contribute to art writing, audio-visual productions, and online journalism.

Her Areas of Research are Media and Performance Studies, Dance Aesthetics, Dance Documentation, Art Journalism, and Art History, Art, Media and Cultural Studies.

Research and Projects

Doctoral Thesis titled Aesthetics and communication: A Study based on Mohiniyattam Broadcast on Television. Awarded PhD in 2021 by Mahathma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

Project titled Digital Media for teaching and learning classical dance: A Reception Analysis of Video Lessons by Natyasutra Online. Research project sponsored by Mangalore Jesuit Education Society, 2022-23.

Seminars and Papers Presented

  • Changing landscape for teaching & learning Classical Indian Dances: Reading the digital space, at the International conference on Emerging trends in research on Classical Indian Dance Organized by University of Roehampton, UK & University of Bonn Germany.
  • Changing Landscape of Classical Dances After Pandemic: Reading the Digital Spaces for Performing and Propagating Dance, at the International Conference on Shifting Paradigms in Narratives in the Age of Pandemic’ held at NSS Hindu College, Changanasseri.
  • Visualising Culture: Construction and Diffusion of Imagery Through Classical Dance Broadcast, in ‘Visual Cultures in Context: Affect, subversion and Resistance, A conference organized by the Department of Media Studies in collaboration with CPRACIS, at Christ deemed University, Bangalore.
  • Environment Coverage by media: A Content Analysis of Malaikoylu Abhiyana by Udayavani Daily, in the International conference on Media and Climate Change organized by Alvas College, Moodubadri, Dakshina Kannada.
  • Art Coverage as a Print Media Practice: An analysis of the Recent Trends in Leading Dailies in Kerala, at International conference on ‘Print Modernities’ at St.Thomas College Thrissur, Kerala.
  • Video documentation in Performing Art Discipline, at the National seminar on ‘Techno Materiality and Humanities’ at Govt. Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala.
  • Performative Dynamics of Mohiniyattam for Stage and for Camera, in the National Seminar on ‘Exploration of Theory and Praxis’ at Sree Sankara University of Sanskrit, Kalady, India.

Research Papers and Book Publications

  • Mangalath, SwethaSundaran. (2019). Performing Art Coverage as a Print Media Practice: An analysis of the Recent Trends in leading Dailies in Kerala. IMPACT: International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Literature, 7 (1), 80-89. ISSN (P): 2347-4564).
  • Mangalath, Swetha Sundaran. (2020). Performance goes Online: Usage of social Media Platforms by Classical Dance Practitioners of Kerala at the Time of Covid 19 Pandemic. International Journal of Arts, Humanities and social Science Studies, 5 (9). ISSN: 2582- 1601
  • Mangalath, Swetha. (2021) Krishnayanam: Kanjoorinte Kalachinthakal. Chathankandarkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Ottapalam.

Lectures- seminars/webinars

  • ‘Traditional Art forms in the Age of Digital Media’- lecture given on the student induction programme at Srinivas University college of Engineering and Technology, Mukka, Dakshina Kannada.
  • ‘Media as a Performance Space’- Online lecture organized by the Department of Dance- Sree Sankara University of Sannskrit, Kalady, ernakulam.
  • ‘Art in education’- Special talk at the valedictory ceremony of Fine Arts Association, Besant Women’s college, Mangalore.
  • ‘Dance as a mode of Communication’- Student’s residential camp organized by ATMA Foundation at Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage, Thrissur.
  • Introductory talk in state level seminar on ‘Communication aspect of Natyasastra’ conducted by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Joseph’s college Irinjalakuda, India.


  • PhD- Performance and Communication studies, under the Faculty of Fine Arts – Mahathma Gandhi University Kottayam, India.
  • MCJ (Masters in Communication and Journalism)- University of Calicut, India.
  • MFA in Classical Dance- Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • BFA in Classical Dance- Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • BSc in Botany- University of Calicut, India.