Bihar is all again in the news for the credibility of the education it provides and the way the examinations are being conducted in the state. This time, Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB)’s Intermediate Arts 2017 topper Ganesh Kumar has triggered a storm as he failed to answer the basic questions linked to music, a subject in which he scored 65/70 in the practical.
Ganesh, a resident of Giridih in Jharkhand scored 413/500 marks leaving behind 5.33 lakh students of the Humanities stream. He scored a maximum of 92 marks in Hindi followed by 83 in Music (65/70 in practical and 18/30 in theory), reported DNA.
“I had not expected to top. Whatever answers I knew, I had written. Jo nahi aata tha, usko thoda bana kar likh diya acche se…” he said. But when he was asked some basic queries, he failed to come up with satisfactory replies.
When asked, “Sur aur taal kya hai?” Ganesh said, “Jo humlog gaana mein ek lamba sa raag taante hai, usko sur ke naam se jaante hai aur taal ke saath jo bhi gaane gaate hai usko taal kehte hai.” When asked about how many “taal” were there in music, he said, three, naming them as “madhyam taal” and “sur taal”.
When asked about, ‘Raag Bhairvi’, Ganesh said, “It is sung at night” though Bhairvi is a popular morning raag. When he was asked to name a few “gharanas” of music, he said, “I had read about them during my music studies… Pandit Ravi Shankar Ji and Hari Chaurasia.”
However, State Education Minister Ashok Choudhary defended the “topper” saying, “were those interviewing him experts in the subject?”
BSEB Chairman Anand Kishore said, “in this particular case, infrastructure was not adequate at the school. We will probe it and if found true, action will be taken against it.”