Musician AR Rahman is not stopping at his Oscar glory and making sure that the next generation takes it only further. Here is a CNN-IBN exclusive look into his music conservatory where he is grooming the next breed of composers.
"We only celebrate what is tradition which is great, which is fantastic. But what have you contributed?," demanded Rahman.
A reason why Rahman founded the K M Conservatory - a music school was to churn out students with musical excellence matching International standards.
"Composers from here like me and Ilayaraja sir, anybody, who wants to work with an orchestra with full symphony orchestra - we had to go abroad and spend thousands of dollars," explained Rahman.
However, today students from India and abroad can come to the K M Conservatory and learn both Indian and Western classical music, including a range of musical instruments from the cello to the drums.
There is a preparatory course for beginners, a foundation one for serious pursuers, apart from this there is also a three year degree course in collaboration with the Middlesex University. Most importantly, the conservatory also aims at reviving dying musical traditions.
"Though we want to concentrate on instruments that are dying like violin and brass and woodwinds and everything, people are more interested in piano and composition and voice and all that stuff. We are also looking at areas where we don't have players like brass and woodwinds and so many instruments for which we used to have players before, in the older generation butnot anymore," he said.
Meanwhile, The AR Rahman Foundation sponsors the musical education of Corporation School students - aiming to create musical geniuses out of the under-privileged as well.
However, Rahman's long time vision is to create a signature symphony orchestra out of his pass-outs. "We have classical musicians and we have brass bands, which plays out of tune so being such a 1.4 billion people we don't have an orchestra in any of the cities. It used to exist in the 60s but not anymore," he said.
The foundation has been laid and the course charted and now all that remains for the conservatory now is to live up to Rahman's dream of becoming the future of music.