Sunday, January 20, 2019

Music can eradicate violence: Ilaiyaraaja


PUNE: “My learning in music wouldn’t ever stop. Self-confidence is the only thing that is driving me. I am composing music till now which means I do not know music,” said Thiru Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja , Padma Vibhushan and acclaimed Music Director and Composer. 

He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the Valedictory Function of 9th Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad. This event was being held at MIT-WPU Campus at Kothrud Pune. 

The Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (BCS) is organized by MIT world Peace University and MIT School of Government, Pune.

Present on the occasion were Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar, Padma Vibhushan, Eminent Scientist, Dr. Abhay Firodia, Chairman, Force Motors, Shri. Tushar Gandhi - President, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Eminent Environmentalist, Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad, Founder President, MIT World Peace University Prof. Rahul Vishwanath Karad, Executive President, MIT World Peace University, Dr. Chandrakant Pandav, Pandit Vasantrao Gadgil, Prof. D. P. Apte, Registrar, MITWPU, Dr. Shrihari Honwad, Dr. R.M.Chitnis, Dr. Sayali Gankar, L.K. Kshirsagar on the Dias.

Thiru Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja said, “Music is my everything. This is the first time I am attending any such event to see you all, coming out of my own world. Music has a lot of power. If music is incorporated into academic curriculums, violence would be eradicated, because you cannot do violence when you have music in your heart.”

Dr. Vandana Shiva said, “Earth and human beings are not separate entities. We are connected to the earth. The 5 gifts of Gandhiji namely Swaraj, Democracy, Swadeshi, Satyagraha and Sarvodaya have been very useful to me throughout my life and I am sure they will benefit you as well. You, the students are like seeds for the idea of organic India. Each one of you has a lot of potential.”

Dr. Abhay Firodia, said, “There has been a staggering change in infrastructure in the rural parts of the country. There is a lot of positive change and development. We shouldn’t get influenced by press that keeps propagating unhappiness. Youth shouldn’t get misled knowing that the development isn’t as bad as the press keeps showing.”

Dr. Vishwanath Karad said, “Always remember that your Parents have expectations from you and it is your duty to respect them and not do anything that would make them feel ashamed of you. Try to learn about the rich history and heritage that our Indian culture carries. Do not follow the West.”

Rahul Karad addressed the gathering and said, “The Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad is not an event, it is a mission. It is the only platform in the vastness of the country that urges educated people to come to polity. It is a simple but very important idea. MIT-School of Government, the only school in the country to create future political leaders.” Nilam Sharma and Prof. Gautam Bapat Compered the function. Prof. D.P.Apte gave the vote of thanks.


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