„To foster mutual understanding“
The De Sales Music Academy in Bengaluru, India is a music school modelled on Austrian pattern. Seven years after its opening it will be expanded by a language school. Frauscher is supporting this project with 15,000 euros – about one million Indian rupees.
To provide the students of the De Sales Music Academy with more than a profound musical education, an own language school is being established on the campus, where English language and culture shall be taught. Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, was very positive on that idea: “Projects like this are highly valuable to intensify cultural exchange and to foster mutual understanding.” Additionally, a good command of English facilitates the access to employment in local as well as in global markets. Together with Schärding’s district commissioner Rudolf Greiner, who personally supports the project and already visited Bengaluru in 2010, Thiel handed over a cheque in the amount of 15,000 euros to Santhosh Kumar, the founder and director of the De Sales Music Academy.
The idea for establishing an Indian music school modelled on Austrian pattern first came up during Kumar’s stay in Brunnenthal in the district of Schärding in 2004, when he got to know the concept of Upper Austrian state music schools. Kumar, a reverend of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales and himself a passionate musician, at once was enthusiastic about this educational system. He wanted to provide the children in Bengaluru as well as his seminary’s students a similar musical education. With ideational and financial support from Austria, Kumar conducted provisional music classes until he was able to finally open his music school in 2010.
Since then there is a steady contact between Brunnenthal and Bengaluru with Kumar returning to Austria every year. But also Frauscher in particular has a good and close relationship with Bengaluru, as the company’s second largest location with more than 50 employees and a huge market potential is situated there.