Women win laurels at music varsity convocation

P Surabhi, who secured first rank in Carnatic vocal postgraduate course along with a gold medal and cash prize, said that she wants her music school to scale new heights.

She told reporters during the second convocation of Karnataka State Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University here on Tuesday, “After securing a BBM degree, I joined Infosys in accounts department. My family has always been influenced by music. My grandmother, father and mother were all musicians. I was being trained in music since the age of 3. So I resigned from my job and joined the university.”

“My love, dedication and commitment for music has yielded fruits. I appeared for the entrance exam for PhD course so as to pursue higher learning.. I have already started Tulasi Music School in the city where some children are being trained. I aspire to excel in music and also want to take my school to new heights by nurturing young talents,” she said.

Sandhya Bhat, who secured first rank in Hindustani vocal post-graduation course said that she wants to prove traditional music is superior to
the music being performed on television reality shows. She won three medals.

“I have completed my MA in Economics. My passion for music brought me to the university. My life is dedicated to music. Music is a cure for several ailments. It can help de-stress. So I want to start a research institute in music,” she said.

An honorary doctorate was conferred on vocalist Gowri Kuppuswamy. The other two recipients, Yenagi Balappa and violinist N Rajam, were not present. Degrees were conferred on students who passed out from various courses in the academic years of 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Violinist L Subramaniam delivered the convocation address while Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala presided over the convocation. Vice Chancellor Sarvamangala Shankar and Registrar Niranjan were also present.

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