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Rahman bats for proper music education for kids

A R Rahman

Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman feels children across India should have access to proper music education

A R RahmanNew York: Underlining the need for music schools for youngsters, Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman feels children across India should have access to proper music education.

Learning music is “not merely a side thing where you take tuition in a house. If a kid wants to learn music, he deserves proper education in it,” Rahman told PTI here.

The Academy Award winning composer, singer and producer was in the city to visit a flagship store in Manhattan for the leading global audio and infotainment group Harman International Industries.

A large number of Indians living in the area had lined up at the store to meet Rahman and take photographs with the music legend. Rahman was also gifted customized gold-plated JBL headphones by Harman International CEO Dinesh Paliwal during his visit to the store.

Harman had named Rahman its India Brand Ambassador for JBL by Harman’s multi-year campaign.  Rahman, who founded KM Music Conservatory, a higher education institution focused on music in 2008, said his efforts in setting up the music school has inspired people in India to “understand that education of music is very important”.

“If a kid in a family of doctors wants to study music, it is his right to demand that and come to a school like the K M Conservatory,” he said. Rahman added that he had been offered to open similar music schools beyond India’s borders in countries like Dubai and Malaysia but said he still needs to “perfect” the concept in India.

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