The 4-year course will offer both Varkari and Naradiya Kirtan studies
PUNE: There is a long tradition of Kirtan in Maharashtra, which is considered the most important means of entertainment and enlightenment of the society. In Maharashtra, two Kirtan styles- Varkari and Naradiya, are considered important and many students practice these styles in a traditional way. However, since such a facility is not available at the university level, Bharati Vidyapeeth’s School of Performing Arts will offer a diploma course in the scientific education of Kirtan from July 2022 to students who want to study the Kirtan styles. The students will receive a university certificate after completion of the course. This was informed by Prof. Sharangdhar Sathe.
Bharati Vidyapeeth, a reputed university with A + status, successfully started this course six years ago and to date, a total of three classes with more than 50 students have successfully completed this course.
Explaining the important features of the course, Prof. Sathe said the course, which adopts both online and offline teaching methods, is for a total of four years.
“For the first time in Maharashtra, students can study both Varkari and Naradiya kirtan at the same time. Apart from that, abhang, kirtan, akhyan, mahatmya, Sanskrit, and Marathi studies, songs, the study of various stories as well as various elements of music are also included in this course. The students studying Kirtan will get a university certificate, which will be important,” he said.
The most important thing is that the scholarly, highly educated, well-known kirtankar gurus including Dr. Charudatta Aphale, the nationally renowned kirtankar, Dr. Ramchandra Dekhne, a senior scholar of folk literature and arts, and famous kirtankars including H.B.P. Ganesh Maharaj Bhagat, H.B.P. Yogiraj Maharaj Gosavi, H.B.P. Sachin Maharaj Pawar and H.B.P. Santosh Maharaj Paigude will teach the course.
“This 4-year Diploma Course will be useful for students, employees, and housewives who aspire to become kirtankars, artists in various fields, or practitioners of all levels in other disciplines. Those who have passed their 12th from any stream can seek admission for this course. The annual fee for the course is Rs. 18000,” said Prof. Sathe.