Make music a subject in school:Ilaiyaraaja

Ilayaraja-at-the-madurai-Thiyagaraja-College-Music-Research-Centre (1)Maestro Ilaiyaraaja has given a suggestion to the administrators and educators to make music as a ‘compulsory subject’ in the curriculum right from the young age so that the youths, when they grow up, shun violence altogether.

Ilaiyaraaja inaugurated the music research centre attached to the Thiagarajar College in Madurai yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, he said “Tamil music has rich and varied tradition. It originated several centuries back and has gone through many crises. In order to maintain and preserve this traditional form of music, government should consider including music as a compulsory subject in the school curriculum.

“When I looked at a music dictionary which wasreleased recently, I came across plenty of words for which I didn’t know the meaning . But I could understand the rich history and tradition of our music. Nowadays, there is too much violence in the society and I feel music alone has the strength in it to arrest a person inner thoughtsa and to stay away from violence.

“When your heart is filled with the raaga, naturally the mind is in a state of peace. Therefore, I appeal to the governments to consider including music as part of the school curriculum right from the primary level itself,” said Ilaiyaraaja and sang in a mesmerizing manner the song Idhayam Oru Koil from the film Idhayakoil, which was penned, sung and composed music by him.

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