Aniruddha Pathak

Freshman - 823 Points (25.05.1941 / Godhra - Gujarat)

A School For The Fools - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak

Ah, what a varsity down the town!
Fools where frolic flaunting folksy crown,
Where bright and nerdy wise,
May seldom get a prize,
Creative minds where can fool around.
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Daddarpada Vishva Vidyalaya, Chitradurga, in Karnataka, India.
Leading the team and the idea is a man who calls himself
‘dumbest of them all’, yet a pillar of folk music. He never got
past class one in school. A school dropout, he wandered around
the State exploring abundant folk practices and travelled as
many as 29,343 villages, and given 12,508 stage shows, sharing
the rich traditions of folklore. The five year course at the university
will have less theory and more practical lessons covering some 64
disciplines.

Why such a university? The present system of education, he feels,
is aimed at filling the stomach, and not the soul. The course
content centres on these five tenets:
- shrama, i.e., labour, efforts
- krama, order, sequence, priority
- pari-shrama, perseverance
- par@krama, valour, and
- vikrama, victory.
I can’t but agree more, and suggest reading another poem ‘Go add to
the beauty of life’, | 08.07.14 |.
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- Happenings | 09.07.14 |

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 16, 2015



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