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New recording studio at Sree Swathi Thirunal College of Music

Setting tunes:Education Minister Abdu Rabb inaugurating the recording studio atSree Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar looks on.— Photo: S. Gopakumar
Setting tunes:Education Minister Abdu Rabb inaugurating the recording studio atSree Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar looks on.— Photo: S. Gopakumar

Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said that he has put forth a request to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to set up a music university in the State.

Encouraging art

Speaking during the inauguration of a recording studio at the Sree Swathi Thirunal College of Music here on Monday, the Minister said that he had suggested, prior to the formulation of the Budget, that a project report could be prepared after studying the mode of functioning of such universities in other States. “The State government holds the responsibility to ensure that students who are artistically inclined are not discouraged from joining such courses fearing lack of employment opportunities,” said Mr. Sivakumar.

In response to the concerns put forward by college Principal Vanajam P.S. that teaching positions in the college were abolished once the respective lecturer retired, the Minister said such issues would be brought to the notice of the Chief Minister.

Work began in 2010

Minister for Education Abdu Rabb inaugurated the new studio. The work on the studio began in 2010 and was carried out by the Public Works Department (PWD).

Rs.1.05 crore

Though the initial agreement stated that the construction needed to be completed in two years, the inauguration crossed the deadline due to the delay in getting electricity connection.

Plain whitewashed walls and traditional woodwork on the window panes mask the sleek interior of the new building, set up at a cost of Rs.1.05 crore.

Spanning an area of 328 sq m, the building accommodates a large studio hall, recording studio and a sound editing room. Washrooms have been included as well. The report read out by a PWD official, stated that a cellar area that could serve as a dormitory was also part of the new studio.

The faculty members of the college also requested Mr. Sivakumar to construct a roof for the open-air auditorium here.

He said he would look into the proposal and once an estimate was prepared, the funds for the project would be allocated from his Local Area Development fund.

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