Taranath slams 'monotonous' syllabus of Music University

Sarod exponent rues about sorry state of affairs at the music varsity

Internationally renowned Sarod exponent Pandit Rajiv Taranath on Wednesday launched a diatribe against what he described as the sorry state of affairs at Karnataka State Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, the State’s only such facility in the city. Taranath suggested the methods that could be incorporated by the authorities to achieve the goal of producing fine musicians from the varsity.

Participating in the birth centenary celebrations of the doyen of hindustani music Gangubai Hangal organised at the varsity, Taranath mooted four steps that could help the varsity realise its goal of producing musicians.

“The university should get rid of the monotonous syllabus oriented education. Instead, one-on-one teaching method should be adopted. The varsity should be developed as a centre of music on the lines of Madras Music Academy, host music festivals, and establish an archives to conserve music,” suggested Taranath.

Elaborating, Taranath recalled his stint as head of the department, Indian music at the California Institute of Arts, where he successfully adapted his plans to teaching methods, moulding the students with realistic methods. In the initial year of the five year course, the students practiced, and gave smaller concerts in the second year. During the final year, the students gave public concerts.

Similarly, the faculty at the music university (in Mysore) too should have the privilege of training the budding artistes in their own style, instead of sticking to the traditional syllabus oriented system. Taranath felt that though the varsity came into being a few years ago, it was in the news for only wrong reasons.

Without taking names, Taranath said a musician who decorated the seat of vice-chancellor earlier, “did everything but nothing related music”. The department of Hindustani music still lacked permanent teaching faculty.

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Taranath also took exception to the manner in which the varsity had organised the birth centenary celebrations of Gangubai Hangal.

Music should do the talking as a fitting tribute to Gangubai, rather than organising dais oriented programmes including talks, suggested Taranath

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