AR Rahman inspired Trinity College of London to include Bollywood and Indian Classical music into their syllabus.
The Trinity College of London has decided to introduce Bollywood music as a part of its syllabus. The reason behind this decision is apparently Grammy-winning composer and recent Monkeys Of Mumbai music man AR Rahman’s success and efforts towards taking Bollywood music to a world platform. Bollywood music has been added to the electronic keyboard section of the music examination. Carnatic music has also been introduced in a pilot programme, which, if successful, could lead to the permanent inclusion of Indian Classical music as well.
During her recent visit to India, Chief Executive of Trinity College of London, Sarah Kemp told PTI
We are changing our syllabus to keep it fresh, relevant and contemporary. It should reflect global trends and including Bollywood music is a way of doing that. This brings inclusiveness in our repertoire.
Bollywood music has been catapulted to centrestage. The international success of Rahman’s music has a very important role in bringing Indian music to the world platform.
Last year, Rahman was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Trinity College of London for “distinctive contribution to and creativity in the arts.” Some of Rahman’s recent international projects involve his inclusion to supergroup SuperHeavy alongside Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damien Marley and Dave Stewart, composing for a Hollywood animation film and also performing at the Hollywood Bowl.