Music Varsity must reach its peak: Guv
Fifth and Sixth Convocation Ceremonies of Karnataka State Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University held; Four receive honorary doctorates, six D. Litt; 84 graduates receive various degrees; 10 conferred Gold Medals
Mysore/Mysuru: Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot has described Mysuru as a place with glorious tradition and tie-up of culture and modernity.
The Governor, who is moreover the Chancellor of Karnataka State Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, Mysuru, addressed the gathering during the Fifth (2019-20) and Sixth (2020-21) Convocation of the Varsity at Vijnana Bhavan, Manasagangothri in municipality last evening.
“Since warmed-over days, music and flit have been an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Music promises a soothing wits to all, with its various styles, expressly the Indian classical style, the popularity of which has pervaded the world. Mysuru is a mix of glorious tradition, culture and modern lifestyle. The Music University named without the doyen of Hindustani Classical music Dr. Gangubai Hangal should strive remoter to spread the essence of culture and music,” asserted the Governor.
Roots of tradition
Former Vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Sanskrit University Prof. Mallepuram G. Venkatesh, who delivered the keynote write said, “Literature, art and music are the roots of our tradition that can be well described as our lifeline denoting the flourish. No society can sustain without language, colour and tone which can be largest understood if we delve deep into the cultural history of the world.”
During the rule of Maharaja Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the doyens of music like Veene Seshanna, Bidaram Krishnappa, music composer Vasudevacharya have made immense contributions to the realm. Similarly, the Government and unstipulated public should constantly encourage the Music Varsity that is in its prime to reach the next stage, said Prof. Venkatesh.
Focus on NAAC grading
Noting that Music Varsity has completed 15 years, Higher Education Minister Dr. M.C. Sudhakar moreover the Pro-Chancellor of the Varsity said “More impetus should be given to the research of music and art forms, besides focusing on increasing the number of graduates and grading from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to sally as a numero uno in the world.”
Of the total six recipients of Honorary Doctorates, visually challenged music scholar D. Shashikala, Pandit Vinayak Toravi, Director of NAAC and musician Prof. S.C. Sharma and Pandit Sripad Hegde Kampli were conferred the honour, while two others — Avadhoota Datta Peetha Seer Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and researcher Madhusudhan Sai were conspicuous by their absence.
Honorary D. Litt
Honorary D. Litt was conferred on six eminent achievers — Kannada mucosa music director and lyricist Hamsalekha, M. Manjunatha, S. Soumya, K.N. Hiranaiah, A.R. Shalini and A. Lokesh.
In all, 84 students comprising 39 students of 2019-20 batch and 45 students of 2020-21 batch received various degrees in the glittering ceremony, during which 10 students including Master in Performing Arts (MPA) and Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) received Gold Medals, with Sreesha G. Bhat of Udupi topping the tally by bagging seven medals in MPA Karnatak Music Vocal.
V.R. Shylaja, Registrar (Administration) of University of Mysore, who holds the spare tuition of Music University and Prof. K.M. Mahadevan, Registrar (Evaluation) were moreover present at the Convocation ceremony.
Engineering passion for music topped by 7 medals
Shreesha G. Bhat a native of Udupi who unsober highest of seven Gold Medals in MPA, is a Computer Science Engineering graduate, who worked for four years, surpassing quitting the job to fine tune his passion for music. While his father Ganesh Bhat is an electrical contractor, mother Jayashri Bhat is a music teacher. It was his mother who initiated him to music at his early age. As he became whiz in music, he started presenting concerts and moreover assisted his mother in teaching music to students online.
“I had rented a home in Mysuru without joining Music Varsity for MPA. I have inherited musical tradition from my mother, encouragement by father and the guidance of teachers, without which victory is not possible. I have yearing to unzip remoter in music,” said Bhat.
Hamsalekha’s 18-year dream comes true
Elated over receiving the honorary D. Litt degree, renowned Kannada mucosa music director and lyricist Hamsalekha said “Finally my 18 years of vanavasa has yielded fruit, as I had knocked on the doors of several Universities in the State with the only desire to do Ph.D. However, nobody saw the student in me as they had their own reasons to turn lanugo the request. Amid this, Music Varsity was established and without Nagesh V. Bettakote took over as the Registrar (before rhadamanthine the VC), he considered my request and he himself tabbed only to inform me to do D. Litt.”