Change education system to instil traditional values: Khan

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Kochi, Dec 26 (UNI) Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan today called for a change in the education system as it had ''failed'' to instil traditional values among the people.

Talking to newspersons here, he said ''Each school should have a period or two, which taught traditional values to the students without the burden of books''.

Mr Khan said presently, even with a high level of education, hatred prevailed in the society and people were killing each other.

The maestro lamented ''The present education system failed to teach values like compassion and kindness and it is sad to note that educated people orchestrated the carnages like 9/11 and Gujarat riots''.

Education had failed to teach them that ''we have a common God'', he added.

Referring to the episodes of school shooting at Gurgaon and in the United States, Mr Khan said the parents should spend more time with their children to mould them into good human beings.

Calling music a global entity, he said music does not belong to any religion whereas it connects everyone across the world by transcending man-made barriers.

Mr Khan said he was rehearsing with a European music company to perform in a symphony by May or June, 2008.

The maestro was here for a recital at the State Tourism Department's six-day cultural festival 'Vasantholsavam', which begins today.


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