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‘Folk music is the mother of all forms of music'

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: Folk music is the ‘mother of all forms of music', vice-chancellor of the Music University, Mysore, Hanumanna Nayaka Dore, said.

He was addressing a gathering here on Sunday at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan after being felicitated by the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy, Department of Kannada and Culture and Allaranda Ranga Chavadi, a body to promote arts and music here. Changes in any field are natural and it was a rule of nature. If folksongs were the basis for development of music, classical music had enhanced its base, he said terming the latter as the ‘second mother' of music.

In view of this, music field too should accept changes but without affecting its original form, Dr. Dore noted. He began his address with a folksong to recall his entry into the field of music. Any art form was susceptible to change, Dr. Dore said. Original western music was magnificent, Dr. Dore added.

Hi. Chi. Boraiah, a professor from the Kannada University, Hampi, who inaugurated the function, endorsed the views of Mr. Dore on folklore serving as the basis for all forms of music. However, the modern day classical musicians were ignoring that aspect, he regretted, and said it was unfortunate.

Kodagu had assimilated several cultures and Kodava community had a greater role to play to save and preserve it, Mr. Boraiah said.

Western culture had impacted Indian culture greatly in the modern days, to some extent adversely, and the media, electronic in particular, were supporting the new trend.

A cultural revolution was required to preserve the Indian cultural wealth, Mr. Boraiah noted.

Artistes, Shobha Subbaiah, Uday Nanjappa, Esalur Udaya Kumar, Liyaqat Ali, M. Dasannavar, rendered songs on the occasion.The president of the Academy, Rani Machaiah, presided. Documentary filmmaker, Sirigandha Srinivasamurthy, in-charge Assistant Director of the Kannada and Culture Department, Vinod Chandra, were present. T. Govindayya rendered prayer in the beginning. P. Prabhu, a member of the Academy welcomed while Kavan Cariappa, another member proposed the vote of thanks.

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