Department of Music
The Department was started in the year 1989 with Late Prof. L.S.R.Krishna Sastry as Co-ordinator under the leadership of Prof. K.V.Ramana as the Vice-chancellor and Dr. M.Gopalakrishna Reddy, as Registrar. The department had the privilege of having eminent musicians and scholars as faculty members. Sri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy was appointed as the visiting Professor for a period of 5 years, from 1990. Sri Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao worked as visiting Professor for a period of one year from 1995 July to 1996 July. The others were viz., Smt. Arundhati Sarkar, Smt.Jayalakshmi and Kum. K.Renuka Devi worked as part time lecturers in the formative years.
The department is housed in the first floor of the Hindi Bhavan with 4 rooms. It has acquired an OHP, some furniture and a small department library over the past few years. A Computer sanctioned under the IX plan grant, is yet to be installed in the department. The department now offers doctoral programme in Linguistics. In 1994 Prof. (Smt.) V.Gowri Rammohan was assigned as Coordinator in the Department of Music in addition to her placement in the Department of Psychology and Parapsychology. In 1999, she was deputed to the music department.
In addition to M.A. in Music the Department offers Ph.d. Programme in Music. In 1991 and 2000 respectively, prizes were instituted by Sri A.S.Raja and Smt. M.Vasundhara Gangadhar, for the candidate who secured 1 st Rank in the total percentages of marks obtained in M.A, both the years put together.
Eminent musicians like Smt D.K.Pattammal, Young Musicians, Priya Sisters and Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam, reputed Dancer visited the Department. The Department has been organizing lecture demonstrations by eminent personalities like Dr. S.Pinkapani, Sri N.Ch.Krishnamacharyulu, Prof. Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana etc.
The Department organized Music programmes in association with other organizations in the city. To train the students to give public music concerts, they are initially trained and given an opportunity every week to present a music concert with the accompaniments. These weekly Music Concerts by students and staff began in August 1995 and are continuing to date. Every year the department has been organizing series of concerts in connection with the foundation day, i.e., 23 rd September. The music concerts of not only local artists but also renowned outsiders were invited to give their music concerts. Department organized a National Conference on South Indian Music sponsored by University Grants Commission. A Research Forum was mooted during the conference with the intention of bring research activities taking place in various Universities on to common platform.
Department of Music
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
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