KU annouced date for visual studies admissions
Karachi, Oct 18: Karachi university has announced that admissions to the department of visual studies, would commence on Oct 19.
The department offered professional degrees in B.Design/ BFA/ B.Arch and specialisations in media arts, fine art, architecture, textile and industrial designing, she said.
The degree courses in ceramics and glass, art history, Islamic arts were also being offered, she added.
Admissions would be granted after successful completion of aptitude tests and interviews, she said. Application forms and prospectus are available on payment of Rs400 at UBL bank Silver Jubilee Gate branch, at the university, according to the statement. The last date for submission of forms is Oct 26. University of Karachi, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its establishment this year.
The chairperson of the department, Durriya Kazi, said in a statement issued on Saturday said that hundreds of graduates of the department had made their mark as designers, artists, architects, and media persons. APPYour Comments
Students irked by delay in issuance of forms
Sukkur: Hundreds of students, seeking admission in MBBS and BDS classes in Ghulam Mohammad Mahar Medical College, Sukkur, expressed their dismay after failing to get admission forms from a particular courier service centres on Saturday.
When the students approached the courier centres in Sukkur, Ghotki and Khairpur districts, they were told that no forms were received from the university.
Some were told that some printing mistake had occurred in the admission forms which caused the delay.
Arif Memon, who visited such a centre for obtaining admission form for his daughter, said the courier service management told him that the delay in issuing admission forms was caused due to some printing mistake and assured that the forms would be sent to them by Sunday.
The principal of Ghulam Mohammad Mahar Medical College Sukkur, Ashraf Memon, said that some printing mistake had had caused the delay.
He said the university administration had assured him that forms would be sent to the concerned centres on Sunday evening or latest by Monday morning. Dawn
Colouring primary classes with music
Karachi: Ustad Ameer Ali, a teacher of music at the Sindh University, Jamshoro, has designed a book on music called "Rang, Mosiqi aen Khushbu" for primary school children in an attempt to introduce music to primary-level students. The 150-page book is now being published by the Sindhi Adabi Board, Jamshoro, The News has learnt.
The book, written for children studying in nursery and classes I to V, would become part of the curriculum taught at the primary school level in all government schools in the province. It has been learnt that certain government departments have shown a willingness to implement Ali's idea to add music to primary school level curriculum in all government schools in the province, and adequate legislation is being considered in this regard.
Ali belongs to a traditional classical music school known as Jesalmir family. Born in 1961 in the house of Ustad Ramzan Ali Khan in Hyderabad, Ameer Ali has written three books on music in Sindhi language. He said that he wanted to initiate the music project as he believed that music could be taught to children at a very young age.
The Ustad said that by teaching at the university and seeing the interest of youth towards learning music, he decided to implement the idea of music being taught at primary level. He maintained, however, that only those who possess knowledge of music could teach this book. There is a complete guide for teachers how to teach it in classes of different grades, while rhythms in Sindhi and English are also given to facilitate students.
Ali started learning at home in a "traditionally natural environment' of music and instruments. His love for music is old, but he claimed that he is trying to promote music by contributing books for children and the people who have respect for the art.
He already has nine volumes of CDs to his credit, which are popular among the music-loving folks of the province. He is compiling his fourth book, "The World of Musical Instrument", which is likely to be published soon, however he maintains that his children's book is the first effort of its kind, and it would go some way in reviving the "old culture".
Talking about the technicalities of musical art, Ameer Ali said that there are 36 'Surs' (rhythms), including six Ragas and 30 tunes in music. He said that presently there is a vacuum of opportunities to learn music, its rhythms and playing proper instruments.
He also claimed that many popular artistes in Sindh sang without actually knowing the alphabets and laws of music, which are must for any singer. He went on to saying that even the leading Faqirs of Bhitai, who recite his poetry at the shrine of a great poet in Bhit Shah, have lost the techniques introduced by their forefathers to portray the image of Bhitai in its true essence and musical arrangement. Therefore, he said, there is a need to promote classical music in Sindh, which is home of many music related families.
In his book on music for school children, among others, he has especially composed the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. "It took me 11 years to give a new shape to the compositions of Bhitai's poetry," he said. According to him, he has composed Bhitai's poetry in different style, which he said does justice to the essence of his poetry and musical art.
Ali said that when it comes to classical music, laws of rhythm are only available in India, adding that he is trying to take initiative to find the laws of music here and adopt them. He said that Sindh has a long history of being home to leading classical singers, many of whom migrated from India in different times and settled here because they received immeasurable love and appreciation from the local people. The news
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