Go global

Ambika Shaligram
Friday, 31 May 2019

Violin maestro Dr L Subramaniam and singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, who have  partnered with Vishwakarma University, will be in the city today to launch a BA course in Music

A firm believer in integrating music into mainstream education, Dr L Subramaniam will be launching a BA course in Music with Vishwakarma University. The violin maestro and his singer-wife, Kavita Krishnamurthy, will be in the city today to inaugurate the three-year music programme, which he calls “a global vision that will help aspiring musicians to reach for the sky.” 

Elaborating on the course, Subramaniam, says, “This course is going to be a major bridge between Gurukul system and regular college education. Here, we are going to have 70 per cent thrust on practical coaching, wherein the students will learn the art of performance with a guru. We want the students to have a broad base of education — they will be learning vocal and instrumental of Indian classical music. Carnatic music has a complex structure, it has 175 taala structure and someone who wants to explore rhythmically complex things, will benefit from this.”

Dr Siddharth Jabade, vicechancellor, Vishwakarma University, adds, “Pune city is the cultural hub; it is a thriving hub for all genres of music and this music degree will go a long way in well-grooming students to accomplish their career dreams in the field of music.”

As a performer, who has travelled far and wide, Dr Subramaniam knows the importance of being aware of global music systems. That’s the reason why he and Kavita planned a syllabus which introduces elements from African, South American and European music. “Nowadays, it doesn’t mean that as a singer, you are going to perform in your city or in your country only. You will be travelling abroad, so it’s better to learn other systems. Hence we will be teaching African and European music as well,” he adds.

Subramaniam, who is an advisor at Trinity College, London, has also roped in lecturers from international universities to teach at Vishwakarma University. He and Kavita will also be taking a few classes. “In 2017, we introduced a BA (Hons) course with Jain University in Karnataka. I have also been approached by other states to start something similar, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and shape the syllabus and curriculum. We want to create an atmosphere where our students become performers, educators, recordists, composers (in Bollywood or other film industries), event managers. Not everyone who gets a degree in music has to be a singer. There are other avenues to be explored. That’s what this course is all about,” he says, adding, “We hold a Laxminarayan Global Music Festival every year. We have artists from all over the world and we would want the students to participate in the festival in organisational capacity.” 

The musician advises the students, “If you work hard, sky is the limit. You should have inner drive, passion and education. There will be enough opportunities for you, if you work very hard.”

About the course
“The USP of this undergraduate degree programme in music is its inclusive and global approach to learning music. In today’s constantly evolving world which uses cutting edge technology, it is extremely vital for any student of music to be proficient not only with their chosen genre of music but also be aware and well versed with other styles and modern music-making practices,” says Dr Jabade.

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