April 8, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) KM Music Conservatory claims that after its training, one can “perform in nine months”. Admissions are currently on at the Conservatory, which also claims to bring famed Russian style in Piano to India.
Applauding Rahman for creating bridge between the music of east and west and for strengthening the worldwide market and stature of Indian music, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, suggested that instead of offering shortcuts to musical success to students, Rahman’s Conservatory should focus on providing some serious musical training and becoming one of top of world-class conservatories.
Rajan Zed, who is the chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, also urged Rahman to help nourish the next generation with the richness of Indian music, elements of whose theory were first found in ancient Hindu scripture Sama-Veda.
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. Srinivas Krishnan is the provost of this international school of music and music technology whose tagline is “Become the Future of Music”. Rahman has assembled international faculty at his Conservatory.
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”.