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Three years after formation, music varsity hits the right note

Shankar Bennur

It will function from a heritage building in Lakshmipuram from this month


Education will be imparted in the gurukula and modern systems

Government yet to give approval to appoint 100 to 120 staff


. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

fresh coat of paint:The Karnataka State Dr. Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University was shifted to the Lakshmipuram building on May 6

MYSORE: India's second music and performing arts university — the Karnataka State Dr. Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University — is set to begin its maiden academic year this month, three years after its formation.

In the absence of a campus, the university, for the time being, will function from a century-old building at Lakshmipuram. A government school was functioning in the building till the last academic year but was eventually closed due to poor admissions. The existing students were shifted to neighbouring schools.

Speaking to The Hindu, Vice-Chancellor of the university Hanumanna Nayak Dore, who himself is an accomplished vocalist, said the university was shifted to the Lakshmipuram building on May 6.

40 students

Though the university is commencing its activities in a modest way with only 40 students enrolled for its courses, the authorities are hoping to get more admissions in the coming years.

Founded on February 14, 2008, the university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses.

Two systems

Education will be imparted in the gurukula and modern systems.

While the gurukula model will help groom artistes, the modern system will help students in getting academic qualifications. Residential and non-residential courses will be offered in the gurukula system. Conceptualised as a unitary university, the faculty and students will live on the campus.

Classes will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The day scholars will attend classes from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The faculty to teach courses in the modern system will be outsourced as the Government is yet to give approval to appoint 100 to 120 staff, bothteaching and non-teaching.

The reported allotment of land to the university at Varakodu near Mysore has been mired in controversy with the Forest Department raising objections.

“We are trying to resolve the problems encountered in the land allotment at Varakodu village near here. The district administration has extended complete support to us, but the Forest Department is not cooperating,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Courses in various forms of music such as Hindustani, Carnatic, folk, light, western and cinema will be offered. There will also be courses in various forms of dance, including, Bharatanatya, Odissi and Kathak as well as basics in dramatics.

Online education

The university also plans to extend education in music and performing arts online.

The university will also focus on research and publication.

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