Traditional Training Vs Academic Qualification

A recent ruling from Madras High Court observed as follows in a case related to official appointment of Nadaswara Vidwan for a Temple.

  An academic degree or certificate cannot be rated above excellence passed on to the next generation by distinguished artistes, the Madras High Court has observed.

It is interesting that such comparisons frequently appear in various contexts. India is traditionally known for its Gurukulam mode of knowledge transfer. However time seems to have caught up with Gurus, students and society alike and paper credentials like those instututed by various Performing Arts Boards in the West may become more familiar to the Indian environment too. However for an artist, finally his merit and qualification is out there for all to see on the stage. We can only hope that such bias dont pose hurdles in obtaining opportunities for deserving candidates.

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