Music Varsity to Institutionalize and Document Tribal Forms of Music and Dance: Vice Chancellor
Mysore/Mysore: Karnataka State University of Music and Performing Arts Dr Gangubai HangalMysuru, will introduce certificate courses and diploma courses in tribal dance and music with the aim of preserving rare and unique forms of tribal music and dance for posterity, said the Vice Chancellor of the University of Music, Professor Nagesh V. Bettakote.
He was speaking at a seminar to mark the Tribal Dance Festival at the University of Music on Wednesday. The VC added that the courses will be introduced in the current academic year.
The seminar was held as part of the three-day festival to mark the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. The event was jointly organized by South Central Area Cultural Center Nagpur, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in association with All India Folk and Tribal Art Parishat (New Delhi), Mysuru Unit, Music University, Rangayana and KSOU.
“India’s art forms, including dance and music, were rooted in tribal traditions. There is a need to institutionalize and document in order to preserve tribal forms of music and dance for future generations. Although documentation, preservation and dissemination of art forms is sporadic and haphazard, systematic study is needed,” he said.
Training center in Devanahalli to teach drum rhythms
“The Music Varsity has established a training center in Devanahalli to teach young people drumming based on tribal arts and this center has completed four years and is running successfully. In the next step, we will take over the documentation and prepare notations for different forms of tribal music and dance in their pure form and make them available for those who wish to study them,” he added.
To begin, the Music Varsity will identify four tribal dance and music forms and prepare the notations. “The national education policy also provides such an opportunity and we will collaborate with relevant institutions to this end,” he said.
The director of the Karnataka Tribal Research Institute, Rajesh G. Gowda, said the institute will work with music and folklore universities to advance the documentation and dissemination project. “A national tribal music and dance festival will be organized in Ballari in September to give impetus to tribal cultural forms. President Draupadi Murmu, who hails from the tribal community, would be invited to the festival,” he said.
Nirmal Vaidya, President, All India Folk and Tribal Art Parishat, Hassan Raghu, Secretary General of Parishat, Dr. Vasanth Kumar, Chief Coordinator of Mysuru Unit of Parishat, Registrar of University of Music, Prof. TS Devaraju and retired professor Talwar were among those present.