'Fine arts help elevate duty'

In a surprise revelation to many in the audience at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Thursday, Chief Justice of Kerala High Court Manjula Chellur declared her passion for music and the fine arts.

“I am an artiste first, before anything else,” she said and explained how fine arts helped her to discharge her judicial duties effortlessly.

Chellur said a person was incomplete without exposure to  fine arts. Quoting the famous song of saint-poet Thyagaraja, she said that even ‘moksha’ (salvation) is not possible without music.

“God has to be kind on you that you have learnt fine art. Dance, music and art fill colours to life. It teaches you discipline, concentration and learning,” she said and added that she hears background music while editing her judgement copies.

“Music simplifies life and you learn how to sail through difficult times. Those who know fine arts cannot do wrong things in their lives,” she explained.

Thyagaraja is known for giving a new dimension to Carnatic music, the Chief Justice added.

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