State allocates 7,000 square meter land for Lata Mangeshkar College of Music | Bombay News
Mumbai: The government of Maharashtra has awarded a 7,000 square meter land at the Kalina Campus of the University of Mumbai for the International Music College and Museum project in the name of legendary singer and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar. A decree to this effect was published Monday by the department of higher and technical education of the State. The land will be ceded to the suburban collector who will offer to cede it to the direction of the arts.
The state government has decided to establish an international music school at the Kalina campus. The proposed institution will be known as Bharat Ratna Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar International College of Music and Museum.
The Directorate of Libraries has a land of 16,188 square meters for the establishment of a central library at the Kalina campus from which the state government has decided to allocate 7,000 square meters to the international college of music and museum.
“Library Branch has been instructed to hand over 7,000 square meter open land to Suburban District Collector to develop Bharat Ratna Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar International College of Music and Bharat Ratna Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Museum at Kalina Campus” , says a published government resolution. Monday by the direction of higher and technical education.
Vikas Rastogi, Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher and Technical Education, said they were waiting for a report from the committee headed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar (Lata Mangeshkar’s brother) which would give them an idea of the international college.
“The international college of music will be based on the idea of the Mangeshkar family for which the committee was formed. In a review meeting, the Chief Minister asked them to submit their report based on which the plan for the International College of Music and Museum will be prepared,” Rastogi said.
The committee includes Usha Mangeshkar (his sister), Adinath Mangeshkar, Zakir Hussain, AR Rahman, Suresh Wadkar among other personalities.
The state government has planned to launch the college of music this academic year. “We are working to start the international college of music from this academic year, but it needs to be started in another location because the construction of the international college will take time. In the meantime, we will continue the college in another location,” the principal secretary informed.
The singing maestro wanted to establish a musical institution in Mumbai in the name of his father Dinanath Mangeshkar. Aaditya Thackeray, then Minister of Environment, had even shown a place at the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai and she liked it.
But on February 6, she died at Breach Candy Hospital from pneumonia induced by a Covid-19 infection. After her disappearance, then-Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray decided to create a world-class musical institution in the name of Lata Mangeshkar.