15 Dec : Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) world-class KM Music Conservatory is offering scholarships.
Scholarships will be offered to deserving students from the A.R. Rahman Foundation. Scholarships are based on financial need and will be available to students with outstanding auditions, according to reports.
The first of its kind in India, KM Music Conservatory claims to meet international standards of music education. Conservatory offers Preparatory Program (2-5 years), Foundation Program (1-2 years), and Degree Program (three years) under affiliation of Middlesex University in United Kingdom (UK), and is planning “Masters Program” and a “Diploma in Indian Music and Music Technology”. Conservatory will teach entertainment icon Michael Jackson as a subject, according to reports. Many faculty members have degrees from USA and UK. Sound editor Joe E. Rand (Titanic) has lectured here besides demonstration by Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Applauding Rahman for his contribution to the promotion of Indian music worldwide, acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged him not to refuse admission to any talented aspirant to the Conservatory who otherwise fulfilled all the admission requirements but was financially unable to bear the cost. With this gift of education, besides supporting the student, Rahman would also be helping student’s family and contributing to the entire nation, Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.
Founded by Rahman (who is also its Principal), KM Music Conservatory in Kodambakkam area of Chennai in Tamil Nadu state of India envisions expanding the horizon of musicians in India by offering education in both Indian and Western music besides music technology and its mission is to provide students with a strong artistic, intellectual, and technical foundation. T. Selvakumar is the Managing Director of this international school of music and music technology whose tagline is “Become the Future of Music”.
Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called “Mozart of Madras” by Time magazine. Rahman sees music “as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it” and for “creating harmony in troubled times”.