AMIDST A gathering of classical music enthusiasts, Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma on Friday presented the Tansen Sangeet Samman for 2006 to Sulochana Brahaspati near Miyan Tansen’s tomb at Hazira. The award comprising a cash component of Rs one lakh is conferred on artistes for contribution in the field of classical music. It is the 82nd celebration of national Tansen music festival here.
Addressing the gathering, Laxmikant Sharma announced organising a three-day music festival at Chanderi from the next year. He reiterated the State Government’s commitment to promote classical music, art and culture among the new generation.
He said the response and interest shown towards Indian classical music by the enthusiasts was satisfactory but not equal to the past. Despite pressure from different quarters including Vidisha (CM’s constituency) the government has decided to set up a Music University at Gwalior, said Sharma.
He said formalities for the proposed Music University, including government notification, would be completed during the next Assembly session. Besides, two music centres — at Ujjain and Jabalpur — on State-Centre partnership at the estimated cost of Rs 2 crore will be set up, he added. .
Sharma urged the local leadership to initiate process for establishment of the third centre here. Sulochana Brahaspati expressed gratitude towards the Government and dedicated the award to her Gurus who taught her music. She promised to help budding artistes on lines of the time-honoured Guru-Shishya tradition.
At the outset, divisional Commissioner and ex-officio chairman of the function, Dr Komal Singh, welcomed the guests and gave a detailed account of Sulochana’s contribution. Collector Rakesh Shrivastava proposed the vote of thanks Minister Sharma offered floral tributes at Tansen tomb.
The morning session began with recitation of ‘Milad’ and ‘Harikatha’ by Dholibua Maharaj. The last session of the four-day celebrations will be held at Behat, the birthplace of Miyan Tansen, some 45 km from Gwalior. Sulochana is the 38th recipient of Tansen Samman.