Popular Sufi and folk singer Hans Raj Hans has joined the music department of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) as visiting fellow to impart and share his knowledge of music with the faculty and the students.
"Music has got a deep association with Gurbani and my appointment will help me share my knowledge of gurmat sangeet with the students and the faculty. I am honoured by this appointment," said Hans while addressing the media in the presence of vice-chancellor Prof AS Brar here on Monday.
Music department head Prof Gurpreet Kaur, who was also present, revealed that the appointment was made by the V-C on Sunday and Hans joined on the same day.
"I want my field to be looked at with academic respect. I will be in this university not solely as a teacher but also as a student," said Hans while going down memory lane and pointing out that he had participated in his first-ever university-level youth festival in GNDU when he was a student representing DAV College, Jalandhar. He had then sung famous Punjabi folk song "Jugni", for which he won the first prize.
Brar said that GNDU would appoint eminent personalities from various fields as visiting professors in order to enhance the knowledge of students. He said the contribution of Hans was commendable in the field of music, especially Sufi singing.
Hans is already a life fellow of Punjabi University, Patiala and is also associated with a US-based university.
Prof Gurpreet Kaur said a student of the music department was doing her PhD on the personality of Hans.