University College of Fine Arts and Music is a constituent college of Karnatak University, Dharwad. This college is located in the campus of 55 acres of hill with ever green natural vegetation . This College, well known as KCD (now Karnatak Science College, Karnatak Arts College and Karnatak University College of Fine Arts and Music), has produced many eminent personalities over the years.
The Karnatak College Dharwad was founded in the year 1917 by the noble efforts of the Late Diwan Bahadur Rodda Shriniwasrao and Rao Bahadur R.S.Artal. It was then upgraded as a First Grade College during the year 1920. In the year 1958, the Karnatak University took over the College for running it as a Model College, bifurcating it for administrative purposes.
To popularize the art of Music in this part of North Karnataka, Karnatak University introduced music in 1958 for BA and BSc part I level as a basic subject. Provision was made to teach Instrumental Music (sitar &tabla) in the Hindustani Style and Vocal, both in Hindustani and Karnataki style.
The student’s strength increased year after year. The Music department in Karnatak Arts College was given the status of Music College in 1975. Dr.A.S.Adke, the then Vice-chancellor of Karnatak University Dharwad was kind enough to give the status of a college to the Music department in the year 1975 was known as University College of Fine Arts and Music. It is the first ever Hindustani Music College in South India. Prof Sharada Hangal was appointed as the first Principal.
Since then College has been imparting quality education in Hindustani Music. The stalwards of Hindustani Music of Dharwad like Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor, Pandit Basavaraj Rajguru, Dr. Gangubai Hangal and Pandit Bheemsen Joshi have been a great source of inspiration for the development of Musical culture in Dharwad. Great traditional artists like Pandit Panchakshariswamy Mattigatti, Prof A.U.Patil, Prof R.P.Hugar for Vocal, Prof. A. Karim Khan, Prof Shivanand H Taralagatti for Sitar, Prof B.S.Bendigeri, Prof Girish Avate for Tabla, have worked in this College. Students who have been trained in this College are established themselves either as performers or as teachers in different parts of the Country.
In the recent years academically College has achieved much progress. Steps have been taken to increase the number of books on Music to facilitate the teachers and students. At present this is the only Music and Fine Arts College in Dharwad-Hubli which produces Bachelors of Music. Hindustani Vocal and Instrumental Music (Sitar and Tabla) are being taught for B.Music, B.A and P.U.C students.
The college under the guidance of dynamic management headed by the Honorable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Pramod B. Gai of Karnatak University continues to encourage improvement of infrastructural facilities and human resource to enhance academic excellence, research activities, cultural excellence, social relevance and overall personality development of students of all sections of society.