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A British-Indian musical collaboration

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Middlesex University welcomed its first group of Indian students from AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory in 2012. This was the start of an exciting educational partnership.

Musicians who successfully complete their Diploma at the KM Music Conservatory are now given the chance to gain a full honours degree in London

"Western music was totally new to me and studying first in the comfort of my own country gave me confidence and the courage to take the big step towards studying in London," revealed student Tshering Leizum Bhutia. "We now have access to live performances such as operas, concerts and musicals that are not available in India but are very important in our line of study."

Indian music star AR Rahman founded KM Music Conservatory in Chennai to expand the horizons of musicians in India. Middlesex University worked with the Conservatory to build a course that allows Rahman's students to bring together Western and Hindustani styles."Apart from experimenting with fusions of Indian and Western music techniques, it's 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," said BA Music programme leader Dr François Evans.

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