Sanskrit scholars in music varsity?

 Drafting a bill is not a child’s play. But, it seems that the State government considered it so in case of Dr Gangubai Hangal Music and Visual Arts University Bill 2009.

On Wednesday, the Bill came for consideration in the Assembly late in the evening. It was passed sans any debate. When the same Bill was taken for consideration in the Council, half a dozen alert MLCs read the provisions of the Bill. They expressed surprise over making provision for nominating six Sanskrit scholars to the proposed music and arts varsity syndicate. Paragraph H of Chapter IV in the Bill read - six well known Sanskrit scholars or those who have brought out literary works in Sanskrit can be appointed to the syndicate.

Further, section 22 of the Bill said providing opportunities for research in Sanskrit language as one of the powers of the syndicate. BJP member Mukhyamantri Chandru took serious objections to the above provisions.

He wondered what role Sanskrit scholars would play in the University of Music and Visual Arts.

Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali, who piloted the Bill, was found fumbling for words. He said a few pages of the Bill meant for the Sanskrit University Bill must have got mixed up with the Music varsity Bill at the printing stage.

Chandru demanded those popular in the field of arts and music should get prominence in the syndicate. JD(U) member M P Nadagouda and others supported Chandru. Also, Mukhyamantri Chandru appealed to the minister to bring in gamaka, folk arts, yakshagana, doddata, theatre under the university’s purview. The minister said that he would correct the mistakes in the Bill in two days. The House passed the Bill with necessary amendments.

Surprisingly, the English translation of the Bill does not carry these mistakes. In the English copy, it is clear that six eminent music and performing artistes, educationists or awardees in music and performing arts would be nominated to the syndicate.

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