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Evolve a uniform format for State anthem: Prakash

Staff Correspondent

Kannada University's Music Department asked to compose the poem in a particular raga


  • 'Naada leele', new music department building inaugurated
  • Kannada University's publication wing complimented for bringing out books on varied subjects
  • University to draw blue print on how the State should be in the next 50 years
  • Grant of Rs. 2 crores sought by the publication wing

    HAMPI: Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash has asked the Music Department of Kannada University here to evolve a format for uniform rendering of the State anthem "Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate" written by Kuvempu.

    He was speaking after inaugurating "Naada leele," the newly constructed music department building on Tuesday. He also released five books brought out by the university's publication wing at the Kannada University campus.

    Mr. Prakash was of the view that unlike the national anthem, the State anthem was being sung in different styles at different places in the absence of any fixed format. The State Government, which had accepted "Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate" as the anthem, was yet to decide on the fixed format.

    It had been studying the various styles already composed and being sung and was yet to finalise in the matter.

    "The Kannada University can evolve a format for uniform rendering of the State anthem by composing the poem in a particular raga, limiting the number of stanzas by making suitable editing and fixing the time frame within which it should be rendered. The Government after verifying it will take a decision," he said.

    He complimented the university for bringing out books on topical subjects, including Janti aranya nirvahane (joint forest management), education and society in north-eastern Karnataka, and books on tribal culture, and folk lore.

    "Kannada University is an exception with regard to publishing books. Bringing out books has become a ritual and the publication wing of other universities are not bothered about marketing them. However, Kannada University has not only published quality books but has recorded a turnover of over Rs. 1 crore," he said.

    B.A. Vivek Rai, Vice-Chancellor, who presided over the function, while explaining about the growth registered by the university, wanted the Deputy Chief Minister to make use of the institution and entrust it with certain responsibilities for the development of the State.

    "On the eve of Karnataka completing 50 years of reorganising of States, the university plans to draw a blue print to focus on how the State should be in the next 50 years. The university will also have a website that will provide information about Karnataka, its culture, tradition and the like, which would be helpful to the researchers," he said. He sought the cooperation and support of the Deputy Chief Minister for the development of the university, which in turn will strive hard for the development of the State, its language, culture, tradition and welfare of the people.

    Mr. Prakash, to mark the Teacher's Day celebrations, felicitated S.M. Rudramuniayya of Kottur and Arvindamma Keshavmurthy of Bellary, both retired music teachers, in recognition of their contribution to the field of music.

    Hi.Chi. Boralingaiah, head of the publication wing, urged the Deputy Chief Minister to sanction a grant of Rs. 2 crores to enable the university to come out with several important publications on the occasion of "Suvarna Karnataka".

    Karigowda Beechanahalli, Registrar, welcomed the gathering.

    Hanumanna Nayak Dore, Head of Music Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

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