KARNATAKA

State to have music university

MAESTRO IN ACTION: M. Balamuralikrishna performing after receiving the `Musician of the Century' title in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

MAESTRO IN ACTION: M. Balamuralikrishna performing after receiving the `Musician of the Century' title in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Staff Reporter

`Musician of the Century' title conferred on Balamuralikrishna

The announcement was made by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy Balamuralikrishna promises all help to the initiative

BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that a music university would be set up in the State.

Conferring the title "Musician of the Century" on Carnatic music legend M. Balamuralikrishna here on behalf of Advaita Foundation, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the State Government was keen on setting up the university this year itself.

Demand

Dr. Balamuralikrishna himself and Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda made the demand for the university earlier.

The vocalist said he would give his "full cooperation" to the initiative.

The Chief Minister said the Government was keen to respond to such suggestions. Music brought peace in an environment filled with violence.

It was a matter of pride that musicians of Dr. Balamuralikrishna's calibre were born in this country.

An emotional Dr. Balamuralikrishna later recalled that he had been singing in Karnataka since 1952.

Awards

He had won a national award for playback singing and another for music direction. "I won both for Kannada films."

As far as his knowledge of music was concerned, the legend humbly said he had a long way to go.

The Melakarta system of Carnatic music was like a base for all kinds of music Western or Hindustani or any other genre.

"Because of my training in Carnatic music, I can sing Hindustani music or French music," he said, pointing out that the reverse was not so easy.

Hence, one need not fear that fusion music and western influences would adversely affect Carnatic music.

In his hour-long recital, the vocalist began with the composition "Naada Tanu Anisam Shankara... " with a prolonged alaap of the Raga Hamsa Nandi with the composition, "Devaadhideva Vaasudeva... "

The audience probably witnessed one of the finest accompaniments on the mridanga by Ella Venkateshwara Rao, prompting Dr. Balamuralikrishna to comment, "Many a time he sings through the mridangam."

Karnataka High Court judges K. Sridhar Rao, K. Bhaktavatsala, H. Billappa, H.N. Nagamohan Das and B.S. Patil and Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan were present on the occasion.

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