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Amidst Covid crises, University College of Fine Arts keeps the tempo online

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Mysuru: While most parts of the world was busy celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 21, what went unheard was the another significance of the day.

It was also World Music Day and a blend of Yoga and soothing music make for a perfect do.

What makes it intriguing is, Mysuru is synonymous with both Yogasana and music, for the early seeds of both was firmly sowed since the Wadiyar’s (erstwhile royal family of Mysuru) were at the helm in princely Mysore state, which later came to be known as ‘Karnataka’.

It was here in the University of Mysore, an exclusive University College of Fine Arts was established 56 years ago in 1965. Since then the college has the pride of producing finest talents in the field of music and about 70 PhD scholars.

Music scholar V Ramarathnam was the first Principal of the college, who laid a firm foundation in his capacity. The college has seen its glorious days as every other household in old Mysuru had a student initiated into traditional music with a holistic approach. For them, this college provided the perfect stage.

Though there is a decline in the enrolment of students, due to many factors, it has somehow managed to withstand the storm.

Even during the prevailing Covid crises,  College is teaching Carnatic Classical Music online. The courses are also offered in dance and drama.

It also has the distinction of being the State’s only institution offering courses in graduation, post-graduation and research in Performing Arts. Earlier it was called B Music and B Dance and was rechristened as Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) and Master of Performing Arts (MPA) as per the CBCS system of University of Mysore.

The music and dance enthusiasts from across the world have had their formal training here, with students from foreign countries like- USA, Iran and Srilanka also honing their skills. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there are many alumni of this college, a finest example of its connoisseurs spanning boundaries.

University College of Fine Arts Principal Prof C A Sridhar told Mysoorunews.com “the Institute has a great history, as it was reshaped during the period of Sindhuvalli Ananthamurthy. The college campus got a new look with renovation and new infrastructure facilities were added to cater to the demands of passionate students. Many proposals are submitted to the University for the want of more facilities. It is the only institution across the country providing performing Arts as an education under the ambit of  University of Mysore.”

Even as Covid crises remains unabated, classes of performing Arts are also not stopped. The classes continue through online mode on a successful note. Currently 250 students are pursuing different courses.

As a tribute to renowned singer Dr S P Balasubrahmanyam, who passed away on September last, a Study Chair has been proposed at the varsity. It will be a first of its kind in the country, he said.

Unfortunately, the lack of job opportunities has impacted the number of admissions. 

The University College of Fine Arts needs further patronage to keep alive the cultural legacy of Mysuru for the generations to come. It can be possible only when the interested strike the right chord.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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