Thursday, 22 August 2019

S.R.V. Music School, Thrissur first music school in Kerala survived closure

Sree Rama Varma coll. of music and performing arts, Thrissur, Kerala Music School en.wikipedia.org
Sree Rama Varma Music School  in Thrissur city in Kerala, India is also known as  S.R.V. Music School and has the credit of being the first ever  music school of Kerala state.  Upgraded  in 2016 as a music college with the name of S.R.V. (Sree Rama Varma) Govt. College Of Music And Performing Arts, it was established on
19 July 1910 by Rama Varma XV, Maharajah of Cochin. Earlier, the purpose of this school was to train women  of Cochin Royal Family in Indian classical music with special reference to Carnatic music with talented music teachers. When taken over by the government, it came under the Government Model Girls’ Higher Secondary School. In July 2010, the school celebrated its anniversary.  

Several years ago, the Kerala government had a plan to close down this school citing that there are better facilities for higher studies of music elsewhere in the state than here. In 2012, it faced  near closure. The arbitrary decision taken by the government invited  large protests from   social activists, politicians, music director of Malayalam films besides a number of musicians, art-cultural-social activists. The strike/darna was held under the leadership of  Prof. K.B.Unnithan with support from   Vidhyadharan Master, the famous music director of Malayalam films. The students and patrons of the school  played no less role in the strike against the termination of this old music school. A  memorandum was submitted to  CM Oommen Chandy regarding SRV music school termination. 
 
Later, as usual the government put the memorandum in the back burner and did not take any step to continue the music school. Subsequently several  memoranda  were are submitted to the  members of Kerala  State Assembly, including chief minister Oommen Chandy, education minister P. K. Abdu Rabb, and other  ministers of Kerala,  members of Parliament.  One Sathish Kalathil, the trust chairman worked hard  to keep the music school alive.  After sustained efforts, this issue of 
upgrading the school as a college, was discussed in the  Assembly and the Education Minister had promised to look into this matter. Finally, a commission was appointed by the government under the direction of
Prof. M. Balasubrahmanyam. Based on the report by the commission,  the termination of S.R.V Music School was withdrawn and the school was upgraded as a music college.
SRV  coll. of music and perf. arts, Thrissur, keralaen.wikipedia.org

The school offers the Senior Music Certificate course. A pass in the  SSLC examination or its equivalent  is a must for admission.  The syllabus for the Certificate Course is on par with that of  the B.A. Music course. Certificate holders are eligible for the appointment as a teacher in government schools. Thousands of alumni of this school  are working in various schools, etc across Kerala. As for college courses, four courses are being offered here with only 10 students for each course. The college is affiliated to Calicut University.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sree_Rama_Varma_Music_School
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