Karnataka government caps state anthem in two and a half minutes, finalizes style
Last Update: 24 September 2022 00:06 IST
Fulfilling the long-standing demand of bringing uniformity in its singing, the Karnataka government on Friday fixed the duration of ‘nada geeta’ (state anthem) at two-and-a-half minutes and said its style would be composed by renowned musician Mysore. Ananthaswamy. The decision has been taken based on the recommendation of a committee headed by noted musician HR Leelavati.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “As per the recommendation of a committee headed by noted composer HR Leelavati, the duration of the nada song as composed by Mysore Ananthaswamy will be 2.30 minutes.” Naad Geete – Jai Bharat Jananiya Tanujate – written by eminent poet- national poet Kuvempu, was officially announced as the state anthem in 2004.
It is sung daily in all government functions and schools. However, the duration, melody and style of Naad Geet singing have been discussed time and again with a lack of uniformity.
Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar thanked CM Bommai for approving the style and period of fixing of the state anthem, saying, “The nada song will be sung here officially without leaving a single word.” Until now, naad geeta were sung in different styles and melodies, and there were also long views. There has been a constant demand to shorten it and bring uniformity in the singing style.
In 2019, capping the duration of two minutes and thirty seconds was proposed by the Kannada Sahitya Parishad (KSP). In 2014, there was also a proposal by the Channaveera Kanavi Committee to reduce the duration to one minute and 30 seconds.
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