The R.L.V. College of Music and Fine Arts at Tripunithura plans to celebrate its platinum jubilee between September and October with a week-long festival comprising all-India conferences on music and dance, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture, scholar-in-residence programmes and lectures and concerts by eminent artistes.
“We wish to host senior artistes of international repute from various parts of the country for a couple of days so that our students get a chance to informally learn from them. Also in the pipeline are lectures by senior artistes who will arrive under the visiting faculty scheme to give demonstrations and recitals, which will be documented,” noted Mridangam exponent M. Balasubramoniam, who assumed charge as Principal of the college on Monday, said.
Singer K.J. Yesudas is slated to perform at the school as part of the platinum jubilee fete on October 3.
With a view to scaling up the facilities available for students, the college library will be modernised; class rooms will receive a makeover with interactive whiteboard, Jefferson chairs, recording facility, sound-proofing and quality acoustics; and a fully air-conditioned music conservatory will be set up. Students and faculty members of music, performing arts and fine arts will be offered a chance to visit institutions and places of significance such as Santiniketan, Kalakshetra, M.S. University of Baroda, Tanjavur and the like, Mr. Balasubramoniam said.
The modernisation drive of the college will also involve setting up an EDUSAT studio with state-of-the-art equipment that will enable students to interact with professors and scholars from various universities and institutions in India and abroad. Besides, the college will get an architect-designed acoustic auditorium and a world-class art gallery for exhibiting works done by its fine arts students.
Mr. Balasubramoniam said he would leave no stone unturned to obtain clearances for launching courses in sound engineering, computer technology, communicative skills in English, short-term courses in Tamil, Telugu, French and music instrument manufacturing.