Published: 27th July 2018
40 per cent drop out rate at Ghantasala music college for 3 years, academic pressure blamed
The faculty says that the students who join the college don't realise the amount of effort and pressure that each course requires and hence, many of them end up dropping out
Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada has been registering a dropout rate of an appalling 40 per cent for three consecutive years. Faculty says that the main reason for the situation is academic pressure. “Students are facing severe study pressure. They join our college not knowing the extent of preparation required to learn music and dance properly. After a few months at the institution, they realise that the courses that they have chosen demand a lot of effort,” said the college's principal K S Govindaraj. The courses that have seen the highest number of students quitting are Violin, Mridangam, Tabla, Bharatanatyam, and Veena.
There was a 45 per cent drop in the number of students who enrolled for Violin, while the drop was 35 per cent for Mridangam, Tabla and Bharatanatyam and 25 per cent for Veena. “These instruments and Bharatanatyam are complex and therefore require time and patience to understand. These days, people are not able to find enough time for that,” said Govindaraj. Parupalli Phalgun, a renowned Mridangam player who is a lecturer with the college, said, “Women have never been fans of Mridangam. You can rarely see a female learning the instrument. However, these days, men too have lost interest as it has gone out of fashion. Youth these days want to learn to play instruments which are fancy and in vogue. They don’t understand that Mridangam can make unique sounds that cannot be replicated by any other instrument. It is an essential instrument in classical music.”
Amruth Kumar, a Tabla lecturer who has taught several musicians working in Tollywood today, said, “Tabla still has passionate students as it is an instrument that is used to make music in Tollywood. However, the kind of music is changing, so it has gone a little out of use. Nevertheless, Tabla will survive as it is compulsorily used for certain scenes and musical cues in movies.”
Apart from the courses, even vocal and Kuchipudi have marked 30 per cent and 25 per cent dropout rates respectively, and a 20 and 15 per cent enrolment dip.