"Music is a unifying force in the world"
The University of Delhi will train 2,000 Singapore students in Indian dance, music and other art forms.
The training comes as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that was signed virtually on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
The MoU was signed with the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS).
The students will learn a range of Indian art forms such as Carnatic and Hindustani music.
Delhi University will also provide teaching staff of the SIFAS access to its music department’s resources.
SIFAS President KV Rao gave a keynote address at the Delhi University’s international conference on ‘Traditional Music in Different Cultures’.
The conference took place on Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26, 2021.
Speaking of the MoU signing, SIFAS President KV Rao highlighted the cherished cultural history that India and Singapore share.
“Music is a unifying force in the world and brings people together.”
During a discussion on ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Global Scenario’, Rao said:
“In the post-Covid-19 world, mental health is the issue number 1 all over, and music provides that pause, peace and mindfulness.
“The collaboration with Delhi University opens up new vistas to SIFAS students, teachers and also to the people of the South-East Asian region to work together.”
KV Rao is also Resident Director for Tata Son’s (ASEAN region).
Puneet Pushkarna, SIFAS Vice President, also said:
“We are very excited to be partnering with Delhi University, one of the premier universities in India.”
“We hope to participate in their (DU) programmes like Malhar Utsav, Sadhyayan etc, and have their students and teachers reciprocate in the more than 200 programmes which SIFAS stage annually.
“We are also looking forward to doing some joint research and publishing articles in their magazine called Vageeshwari.”
Deepti Omcherry Bhalla, Delhi University’s Dean of the Music Department, is delighted with the MoU signing.
“The music department of Delhi University is pleased to sign its first MoU with SIFAS, which has a long-standing reputation of promoting Indian classical music and dance.
“I am sure the academic and cultural exchange programme between the two institutions will prove beneficial to both and strengthen the mutual goal of spreading Indian culture in its region and even beyond.”
According to Bhalla, Delhi University’s music department is looking forward to further securing its ties with traditional art.