India’s contribution to classical music is immense: Minister Umashree

 “Classical music helps the listeners forget all the pains and also touches their souls,” says Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree

 Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree said that classical music had its own place and importance in the world and India’s contribution towards it was immense.

Speaking at the World Music Day and World Yoga Day celebrations organised by Dr Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University here on Tuesday, Umashree said, “listening to classical music has a number of benefits. It not only helps the listeners forget all the pains and also touches their souls.”

“Indian classical music has quality for its richness and is deep rooted in our culture. Indian music in classical forms is the most ancient form of music and still plays a vital role in our wellness,” she added.

Senior politician M V Rajashekharan underlined the India’s contributions to classical music and yoga. He said that yoga has religious significance as it was mentioned in ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mahabharata,’ and was propagated by Buddha.

Former MLC G Madhusudhan criticised the poor management of Dr Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, saying it had lost its sheen due to frequent squabbles among the staff. Madhusudhan further added that the university held high regard across the country and such internal issues shouldn’t damage its reputation.

He also took the University of Mysore (UoM) and Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) officials to task for putting thousands of students’ future at stake. “Both UoM and KSOU officials have spoiled thousands of students’ career by offering online/outreach programmes without getting approval from UGC for the same. More than 5,000 students who had graduated through this programme have received the invalid certificate,” he said.


Umashree’s department to go paper-free

Umashree said that there would be no paper-work in her department as she had decided to make her department environment-friendly. “A few offices have already been computerised and in the coming days, all the district and taluk offices will follow suit,” she said adding, “it is not only a step towards conserving the environment, but also to bring in transparency and improve work efficiency.”

Umashree also said that her department had cleared all the dues with regard to the pension of artistes which were pending since eight years. “The department has sanctioned an amount of Rs 4 crore to clear all the dues of 8,000 artistes,” she added.

Classical music scholar R K Badmanabha, yoga expert Bharat Kumar Shetty S, Vice Chancellor of Dr Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University Dr Sarvamangala Shankar and others were present.


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