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Learning, a continuous process: T.N. Krishnan

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First convocation of Advanced School of Carnatic Music held

Violin maestro T.N.Krishnan (second from left)and Advanced School of Carnatic Music directorR. Vedavalli presenting a diploma certificate to a student at the school’s first convocation in Chennai on Monday. The Music Academy presidentN. Murali and academic coordinator Ritha Rajan (second from right) are in the picture.—Photo: V. Ganesan
Violin maestro T.N.Krishnan (second from left)and Advanced School of Carnatic Music directorR. Vedavalli presenting a diploma certificate to a student at the school’s first convocation in Chennai on Monday. The Music Academy presidentN. Murali and academic coordinator Ritha Rajan (second from right) are in the picture.—Photo: V. Ganesan

Underscoring the importance of making learning a lifelong process, veteran Carnatic musician T.N. Krishnan, who took to violin at the age of three, said this was the 83rd year of his career and he still remained a student.

“You are still a student… I am also a student, only our levels are different,” he said, delivering the first convocation address of the Advanced School of Carnatic Music of The Music Academy here on Monday.

Addressing the first batch of four young women, who completed their three-year diploma course offered by the school in June, the violin maestro said they were “lucky and blessed” to learn at an institution established by The Music Academy and from faculty members who were stalwarts.

In his welcome address, president of The Music Academy N. Murali said the decision to set up the Advanced School of Carnatic Music was taken in 2010.

The objective was to train students and make them excellent musicians, and emphasis was more on practical training and musicianship rather than theoretical. School director R.Vedavalli said one of the decisions taken earlier was to admit only a small number of students as this would go a long way in making them good musicians.

Academic Coordinator Ritha Rajan said the school, started in July 2010, was established after extensive discussions with senior musicians. The sanctioned strength was 10 students every year and the age limit was 18-30 years. Convener of school Pappu Venugopala Rao said the faculty comprised two Sangita Kalanidhi and four Sangita Kala Acharya recipients.

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