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Melodious notes: BA (Honours) Music

The Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, DU, is the ultimate destination for those ardent for ragas and devoted to riyaaz, reports Samir Sethi.
Hindustan Times | By Samir Sethi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 09:42 AM IST

The BA (Honours) Music Course offered by the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi, offers an in-depth study of Hindustani classical and Carnatic music.

The faculty comprises of eminent teachers and gurus, trained under top-notch gharanas, many of whom are associated with A.I.R. and television.

The department is fairly active, given the fact that a number of concerts, lectures and seminars are organised to encourage the students. It is also associated with the Indian Music Congress, Indian Musicological Society of Baroda; UCLA, U.S.A.; Soka, Japan and Birmingham University, U.K.

Success in Exchange Programmes
Under the Delhi University UC Exchange Programme, a short term Pilot/Music course between the Delhi University and the University of California was arranged by the Department.

Professor Khang Zuang, University of Thailand, has been here as a visiting faculty twice under the Exchange programme. An M.O.U. has also been signed with the Thammasat University, Thailand.

Cooperative teaching plans with U.C.E., Birmingham University (Britain) have already been finalised.

An Exchange programme has been finalised between the Soka University, Japan, and Delhi University.

Audio Visual Wing
Music being a performing Art, the department constantly arranges performances and lecture demonstrations by renowned artistes. Audio-visual facilities are additional orientation material for the learners and teachers. The department boasts of owning more than 4000 cassettes, gramophone records and Videotapes.

The studio records and preserves concerts, lecture demonstrations, discussions and seminars, making it one of most unique features of the institution.

Listening Room
The numerous cubicles, referred to as listening rooms, provides for the facility of personal recordings by students. As music requires one to have a command on minutest details of ragas and accurate nuances, a lot of emphasis is laid on this section.

One must have learnt classical music for a minimum period of 3 years from a distinguished guru to apply for the course. An audition conducted in the college premises is the final criteria of selection.

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