Published: 26th January 2021
He has a dream: This 22-year-old raised funds to live his dream of pursuing music at AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory
K Suryam's passion for music motivated him to raise funds to study at AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory. Here's the story behind how this Hyderabad-based musician managed to raise funds for it...
When one dreams an impossible yet invigorating dream, the normal thing to do is to forget it. But you see, K Suryam was never meant to be normal. A youngster infused with such energy to strive for a bold dream — that's what the extraordinary are made of. Thus, this 22-year-old did not just nurture his passion for music through the internet, he put in the hours required to turn his dreams into reality. All this has resulted in what one may call a giant leap for the youngster from Hyderabad who recently managed to gain admission into AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory. He left for Chennai just a week ago, thanks to the funds that he raised with the help of kind friends.
In 2018, Suryam also started composing for short films and to gain confidence to perform outside, he joined the band Raga
Born in Warangal, this youngster’s parents were encouraging of his musical inclinations, but unfortunately, they did not have the means to push him all the way. When he moved to the City of Nizams in class V, he lived in shelter homes and hostels. In 2018, the budding musician joined the band Raga as a vocalist and they performed at various happening haunts like Groove 9 and Vertigo The High Life. "I even used to teach youngsters with a full disclaimer that I have no formal teaching, just plain old passion that has driven me to perfect my skills," shares the artist.
During a performance | (Pic: K Suryam)
But it was his time at the non-profit Make A Difference (MAD), which he joined in 2011, that made all the difference because he not only made friends for life but also found a clearer path to reach his dream. "During the lockdown, I started researching courses that I could pursue to further my skill and zeroed in on KM Music Conservatory. My friends at MAD were the ones who introduced me to the crowdsourcing process via which I could gather some of the funds needed to take up a Diploma course in Audio Engineering," says the youngster.
"In between, I was pursuing photography, sketching, freelancing as an assistant cameraman and so on, but it is music I continued to choose over and above everything else each time," says K Suryam
It was on January 1, 2021 that he started the Ketto campaign for `3,77,400 and within ten days, he had raised `50,000 and now, he is just about `50,000 shy of reaching his goal. The day we spoke to him, he had attended his first class and was elated. "When you work with practical aspects, your muscle memory and mind are at work, but theory makes your mind strong. For so long, I was going by my practical experience alone. But this course will sharpen my mind as well," says the dreamy-eyed musician.
The breakup of the amount
- College fee is Rs 3,00,000
- Miscellaneous cost like food is Rs 77,400/-
For more on the campaign check out bit.ly/supportsuryam