Delhi University (DU) has recently signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS). According to the MoU signed on Thursday this week, DU will train 2,000 Singapore students. The students will be taught Carnatic and Hindustani music, Indian dance and other art forms. Under the MoU, the teaching staff of the 72-year old SIFAS will further be provided access to the resources and capabilities of DU’s music department.
The president of SIFAS, Mr. VK Rao gave a keynote address at DU’s international conference on ‘Traditional Music in Different Cultures’. He said- “Music is a unifying force in the world and brings people together.” He also accentuated the revered history that is shared between India and Singapore.
Referring to the signed MoU, Mr. Rao said- “The collaboration with Delhi University opens up new vistas to SIFAS students, teachers and also to the people of the South-East Asian region to work together,”
The Vice President of SIFAS, Puneet Pushkarna said –
“We are very excited to be partnering with Delhi University, one of the premier universities in India. We hope to participate in their (DU) programmes like Malhar Utsav, Sadhyayan, etc, and have their students and teachers reciprocate in the more than 200 programmes which SIFAS stage annually. We are also looking forward to doing some joint research and publishing articles in their magazine called Vageeshwari.”
The dean of Delhi University’s music department, Deepti Omcherry Bhalla said that DU is pleased to sign its very first MoU with SIFAS. She also remarked on the long-standing reputation of SIFAS in promoting Indian classical music and dance.
Mrs Bhalla said –
“I am sure the academic and cultural exchange programme between the two institutions will prove beneficial to both and strengthen the mutual goal of spreading Indian culture in its region and even beyond.”
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