Rahman, UK University to collaborate in music, education

A R Rahman

A Memorandum of Understanding in this regard has been signed between Rahman's Chennai-based K M Music Conservatory and Middlesex University that will also look at opportunities to provide a collaborative three-year music programme, a University press release said.

Rahman, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University recently, described the collaboration in music instruction as a "great bridge" between the two genres.
Middlesex University offers programmes in music composition, music management, jazz and popular music.

"The two organisations have agreed to explore the possibilities for collaboration in music and education and to support one of A R Rahman's 'pet projects', that of blending Asian and Western musical styles," the release said.

Rahman's KM Music Conservatory started only a year ago, but already has 200 students.
Asked what he considers his biggest achievement, Rahman said it is his film music.

"As a human being I have so many interests. The Academy Awards (for Slumdog Millionaire) opened doors worldwide and legitimised Indian musicians," he said.

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