AR Rahman Students Arrive in London for British-Indian Music Collaboration

Oct 25, 2012, 22:30 ET from Middlesex University

LONDON, October 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

A group of Indian students have become the first musicians from AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory to arrive in the UK as part of a new educational partnership with Middlesex University.

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Middlesex has worked with KM Music Conservatory to build a course which allows Rahman's students to bring together Western and Hindustani styles, with musicians who successfully complete their Diploma in Chennai now given the chance to gain a full honours degree in London.

This month (October 2012) the first group of KMMC students began their studies at Middlesex University and BA Music programme leader Dr François Evans is excited about the collaboration: "In the short time the students have been in London we've learned much from each others' cultures and the way we perform."

"Apart from experimenting with fusions of Indian and Western music techniques, it will be wonderful to contrast different educational styles, mixing instruction in India where it's common to learn under a single highly regarded musician, with the UK, where we teach under a shared curriculum."

AR Rahman is also delighted to see the first group of KMMC students arrive in London. He said: "When a vision becomes a reality, you are inspired to do more. This is a great start for Indian kids to have this multicultural exposure, because they are the leaders of tomorrow."

The Indian music star founded KM Music Conservatory to expand the horizons of musicians in India and his students share this ethos. Abinav Sridharan from Chennai, now studying at Middlesex, said: "India, as we all know has a myriad of cultures and arts, with a majority of it originating from different parts of the country itself. I find the same here in London, just that there are more opportunities for people from all over the world to showcase their talent. This scene is just in its starting stages in India and studying here will certainly give us a chance to experience all that London has to offer."

Tshering Leizum Bhutia from Sikkim said: "Western music was totally new to me and studying in the comfort of my own country gave me confidence and the courage to take the big step towards studying in London. There are definitely more opportunities here in London where Western classical music in concerned. We now have access to live performances such as operas, concerts and musicals which are not available in India but are very important in our line of study."

The partnership will now see further students come to London each year.

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Notes for editors:

  • Middlesex University has around 40,000 students' worldwide and 2,000 staff. The University has campuses in London, Dubai and Mauritius, a range of international education partnerships and 21 regional offices around the world - the largest network of any UK university. For more information visit
  • For more information about KMMC visit

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