The government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to hold singing competitions based on the Bhagavad Gita in schools across the state, PTI reported on Friday. The winners of those competitions will then take part in a state-level event, officials said.
The Uttar Pradesh Department of Secondary Education has asked the Joint Directors of Education from all divisions to ensure that competitions are held in all public, government-sponsored and private schools at divisional levels between December 11 and 15. The state-level competition will take place on December 28 in Lucknow.
Student expenses will be covered by school authorities, an official told the news agency. A panel of music experts, Bhagavad Gita, Hindi and Sanskrit, will select the best singer. They are expected to judge competitors based on their pronunciation and singing skills.
Divisional level competitions will take place in Gorakhpur, Faizabad, Varanasi, Jhansi, Agra, Meerut, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Moradabad and Bareilly.
âYou have been tasked with ensuring that a competition, initially at the district level, is organized and that the names of three singers / troupe are shortlisted and sent so that a similar competition can be organized at the district level. division among 12 names no later than December 10, âsaid a letter written by Anjana Goel, co-director (education) of the Bareilly division, to the division’s district education officials, according to The Hindu.
A letter originally sent by the Additional Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Department of Secondary and Higher Education said: âI have received instructions that a singing competition based on Gita Rahasya, a book of commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita written by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, should be organized. “
The letter adds that the winners will be congratulated at an event to be held in honor of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. However, Goel’s letter made no mention of Tilak at all, the English daily reported.