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Vyjayanthi Kashi wants steps for better dance examinations

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Vyjayanthi Kashi, Chairperson of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy, interacting with artistes in Mangalore on Sunday.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH
Vyjayanthi Kashi, Chairperson of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy, interacting with artistes in Mangalore on Sunday.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH

The problem with examinations conducted for dance and vocals for the junior, senior, and vidwat grade in the State was that the standard of the test conducted was “low”, said Vyjayanthi Kashi, Chairperson of the Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy here on Sunday.

Responding to queries from artistes who gathered at the interactive meeting with the noted Kuchipudi dancer, Ms. Kashi said: “The test is being taken only for the certificate and students are taught only what is there in the portions.”

The interaction, the first since Ms. Kashi took over as the chairperson nine months ago, attracted numerous singers and dancers from Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district.

The objective of the meet, said the chairperson, was to create awareness about the recently-launched website, about the various schemes of the academy and to hear the issues affecting the artistes here.

Many questions pertained to the conduct of the dance examinations, which was handed over to the Karnataka State Dr. Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, Mysore. Ms. Kashi urged the audience to contribute suggestions to conduct the examinations more efficiently.

Explaining the difficulties that examiners faced, Carnatic vocalist Sheela Diwakar said: “There is no arrangement made for stay and food when we go to other places to grade performances. Currently, the Government gives us between Rs. 125 and Rs. 175 a day. Depending on whether we are going to grade a junior, senior or vidwat performance. How can we manage a room and a food with this money for 10 days?”

Ms. Kashi said this was the main reason that forced examiners to keep out of the process.

“We will ask the Government to look into this or ask for the academy to be included in arranging for examiners,” she said.

Recognition to Yakshagana, naming of school and dance teachers in rural institutions, were among the other issues presented.


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