TAMIL NADU

`Music should be included in school curriculum'

Vidwan Kallidaikurichi Mahadeva Bhagavathar receiving a cash award from M. R. Hariharan, patron, the Hamsadhwani, at a function in Chennai on Sunday. Looking on (from left to right) are: the vocalist, Sudha Raghunathan; the Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, B. K. Chandrasekar, and the founder-president, R. Ramachandran. - Photo: S. R. Raghunathan

Vidwan Kallidaikurichi Mahadeva Bhagavathar receiving a cash award from M. R. Hariharan, patron, the Hamsadhwani, at a function in Chennai on Sunday. Looking on (from left to right) are: the vocalist, Sudha Raghunathan; the Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, B. K. Chandrasekar, and the founder-president, R. Ramachandran. - Photo: S. R. Raghunathan  

Vidwan Kallidaikurichi Mahadeva Bhagavathar receiving a cash award from M. R. Hariharan, patron, the Hamsadhwani, at a function in Chennai on Sunday. Looking on (from left to right) are: the vocalist, Sudha Raghunathan; the Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, B. K. Chandrasekar, and the founder-president, R. Ramachandran. - Photo: S. R. Raghunathan

CHENNAI MARCH 30. The Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, B. K. Chandrasekar, today appealed to music lovers not to be parochial in their approach, as music has no religion and language. The essence of music is in its form and not in language, he said while presiding over the ``Purandaradasa Homage Festival'', organised by the Hamsadhwani here.

Expressing concern over ``musical chauvinism'' in some parts of Bangalore, he said music had no barriers and pointed out that musicians in Tamil Nadu were keeping Purandaradasa and Saint Thiagaraja in high esteem though both of them rendered kritis in other languages.

Regretting that music was not included in school curriculum anywhere in the country, he said this was in contrast to Western countries where classical music was compulsory in schools. At least in future, music should be included in the curriculum.

The Hamsadhwani patron, M.R. Hariharan, honoured the 92-year-old Vidwan Kallidaikuruchi Mahadeva Bhagavathar, by presenting him a cash award of Rs. 10,000.

The secretary, R. Ramachandran, said the festival was part of the annual music programme of the sabha.

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