A R Rahman’s music school, KM Music conservatory held KM Annual Event in Chennai recently. As another academic year draws to a close, the much awaited KM Annual Event combined all the musical talent of KM Music Conservatory for two spectacular programmes blending Indian and Western styles, Classical and Contemporary feels, Vocal, Instrumental and staged performances.
These unique evenings of performances celebrated the hard work of all the students and faculty of KM throughout the year and was a time to enjoy the diverse musical traditions that are available to study at the institution.
The Sunshine Orchestra at KM Music Conservatory is expanding and relocated into a larger space. This new space which has been supported by Radio Mirchi and The A R Rahman Foundation was inaugurated by legendary singer Padma Bhushan P. Susheela.
P Susheela was felicitated for her lifetime of achievement and her recent recognition by The Guiness Book of World Records for number of recordings. The Sunshine Orchestra will open their new space with a special performance for the distinguished guests.
Rahman’s works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. Rahman’s body of work for film and stage has given him the nickname of “the Mozart of Madras”, and Tamil commentators and fans call him Isai Puyal (English: the Musical Storm).
In 2009, Time included Rahman on its list of the world’s most influential people. The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of “Tomorrow’s World Music Icons” in August 2011.