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‘Nominate Hangal’s family members as trustees’

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The memorial built on the Gangubai Hangal Gurukul Trust premises in Hubli does not bear the vocalist’s date of birth and death.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
The memorial built on the Gangubai Hangal Gurukul Trust premises in Hubli does not bear the vocalist’s date of birth and death.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

Manoj Hangal, founder-president of the Gangubai Hangal Music Foundation, urged the Chief Minister to nominate at least two of Gangubai Hangal’s family members as trustees of the Gangubai Hangal Gurukul Trust.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Hangal, who is the vocalist’s grandson, said that apart from three trusts, the State had by and large nominated at least one family member of eminent person in whose name the trust was constituted.

“However in the Gangubai Hangal Gurukul Trust, which runs the music institution set up on the Gurukul model here, there are only bureaucrats and politicians. There are no musicians or any of Hangal’s family members in the trust, which was set up to promote classical music,” he said.

Mr. Hangal said that barring the Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad, who was the chairman of the trust, none of the other trustees had time to visit the Gurukul and monitor its activities and review them.

“It has been three years since the Gurukul’s establishment, and the vocalist’s fourth death anniversary is near. Although I have spoken to the authorities many times on the matter, the memorial built in the Gurukul in Unakal, Hubli, does not bear Gangubai Hangal’s date of birth and death. This is indicative of the officials’ apathy,” he alleged.

Taking exception to the nominations of former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Pralhad Joshi, MP, as trustees, Mr. Hangal demanded their immediate resignation. “They should have made way for eminent musicians by resigning from their posts,” he said. He said that although the family members had repeatedly asked the government to provide adequate place at the Gurukul for shifting the Gangubai Hangal Museum of Classical Music, the authorities had not responded so far.

Mr. Hangal said he had already written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree, district in-charge Minister Santosh Lad, Minister for Rural Development H.K. Patil and Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande seeking the nomination of sons of Gangubai Hangal, Baburao and Narayanrao as trustees.

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