A.R.Rahman’s music college inaugurated in Chennai by Mukesh Ambani!

Oscar winner A.R.Rahman’s dream project, KM College of Music and Technology was inaugurated on 9th August, the occasion of” EID” , by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries. The college is located in Arumbakkam in Chennai.

The evening began with the Ambanis’ cutting a ribbon, declaring the college ‘open’.

The College campus is spread over 27,000 sq.ft and will accommodate an orchestra school for underprivileged children besides housing AR Rahman’s KM music conservatory, set up in 2008.

Speaking at the launch, Rahman said the institute was a step to recognize music as a serious art form, and liberate it from the trappings of cinematic entertainment.

Ambani & his wife , Nita Ambani were treated to a Sufi ensemble performed by students of KM Music Conservatory , upon their arrival to the institute. Then the Industrialist and his wife were taken on guided tour of the facility, which boasts a 10,000 sq.ft lawn, a wide foyer, two floors of ensemble classrooms, separate recording studios for the piano, drums, and one for string instruments.

A.R.Rahman’s music college inaugurated in South India by Mukesh Ambani!

A.R.Rahman’s music college inaugurated in South India by Mukesh Ambani!

During the inauguration, Mr.Ambani said” “You have taken on the role of a teacher and are going to be the guru of a whole new generation of musicians. The college would nurture musical talent among underprivileged children. “I find a greater commitment among poor children and they could turn professionals,” Mr Rahman told. He added, “It’s a dream come true for me. We started this in a car shed.””

The institution will offer full-time and part-time courses affiliated to the Middlesex University, London. With faculty from around the world, it offers a range of full time and part time courses on classical music. The college’s studio also offers high-tech facilities for film and band recordings and sound design. We managed to create a lot of interesting music from our old office in Kodambakkam including a full-fledged opera performance. Now, this state-of-the-art college will help us create world-class musicians,” said Adam Greig, academic director of KM.

“At Reliance, we are working on creating next generation internet. And technology has democratized music. It has changed the way we relate to music in the sense that in the future there will be many people making music for many different types of audiences. Rahman realises this more than anybody else. I am glad that he has started a music and technology institution for the way forward in music is with technology,” Mr. Ambani said at the end of his talk at the launch.

“The goal of this institution is to treat music as art form, but not merely as a medium for cinematic entertainment,” said Rahman speaking at the launch of his college.

Asked about the prospect of the college receiving funding from the Reliance Industries Chairman, Rahman said the institute was not looking to partner with anyone for investments.

A.R.Rahman’s music college inaugurated in Chennai by Reliance Mukesh Ambani!

A.R.Rahman’s music college inaugurated in Chennai by Reliance Mukesh Ambani!

Singer Shakthisree Gopalan, the architect of the building, says the second and top-most floors have an auditorium and a reading lounge. The library is on the first floor, and the recording studios and classrooms occupy the rest of the building.

Does the double academy award winner guarantee Oscar for music learners at his college? A laughing Rahman says, “Students should aim beyond Oscars.”

‘JAI HO ‘ to the ‘Madras Mozart’ for striking the right chord and setting in melody for many aspiring kids in musical field.

Sharanya Bharathwaj