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Students of govt school to learn art, music & dance

Students of govt school to learn art, music & dance
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In an initiative, a first-of-its-kind in the state, students of the public schools in the Vizag city are being trained in music, dance and painting along with regular academics as the government has come forward to bear the expenses for this programme.

Visakhapatnam: In an initiative, a first-of-its-kind in the state, students of the public schools in the Vizag city are being trained in music, dance and painting along with regular academics as the government has come forward to bear the expenses for this programme.

To foster overall development among the children, the State Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry inked a MoU with Delhi-based Tansen Sangeet Institute of Performing Arts for executing this programme as part of Artizen, a pilot project for this academic year, according to District Education Officer (DEO) Nagamani.

To carry out this project, 50 government schools in Vizag city have been selected for imparting professional training among students in performing arts such as Carnatic music, Kuchipudi, semi classical and folk dances along with painting.

“Already, some of the states are promoting performing arts in the government schools and making it as part of curriculum. So, the AP government too is keen to nurture young talent from financially backward sections as part of physical literacy programme,” said Sirisha Rao, Chief Operations Officer of Tansen Sangeet Institute of Performing Arts.

In each school, 150 students of classes VI to X were selected for the Artizen project which is open to both boys and girls. Of the 150 children, 50 of them were being trained in either music, dance or painting based on their interest, according to sources.

So far, the institute has appointed 60 trainers, who have already begun the training sessions in several schools from August 1. Nearly, 2 hour sessions are being taken up in each school with help of 10 co-ordinators, said Sirisha Rao.

The institute had 20 years of experience in the field as well as it has been part of similar programmes in other states too, she added. According to her, the formal launch of the programme has been scheduled tentatively on August 14 or 15.

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