"Echoes" is a maverick
composition that features vivid musical
interplay between the soloist and orchestra,
as well as an extended mridangam cadenza.
The piece has been performed in numerous
prominent regional venues and was spotlighted
as part of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's
"Youth Concerts" in March 2006.
The event attracted over 13,000
elementary schoolchildren and staff from
all across Southwest Michigan.
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listen to the world premiere of "Echoes" on June 5th 2005 with
the Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra
at Kalamazoo College.
The unprecedented success
of "Echoes" inspired the creation
of a second mridangam concerto, "Maathras,"
in Spring 2006. The piece for mridangam
and string orchestra was composed with Dr.
Keith Murphy, visiting professor of music at Kalamazoo
College, and was premiered at the Washington Square Retire Home in May 2006.
The latest in Rohan's mridangam
collaborations is "Migration,"
a pointillistic composition by Dr. Elizabeth
Start for a unique mridangam, violin, and
piano ensemble. The piece was premiered
at the annual Kalamazoo College Alumni and
Donor gathering in June 2006.
K's Lecture and Performance
K's Indian Classical Music
Lecture and Performance Series was established
by Rohan in Spring 2005 with the mission
of exposing and educating the greater Michigan
community to Indian Classical music through
lecture-demonstrations by guest scholars
and public performances by eminent musicians.
The series has so far featured
distinguished scholars like Dr. David Nelson,
Artist in Residence of South Indian Percussion
at Wesleyan University, Dr. Stephen Rush,
Professor of Dance and Performing Arts Technology
at the University of Michigan, as well as
world-class musicians like the "Mozart
of Indian Music" slide guitarist Chitravina
N. Ravikiran, Indian Congressional Medal
of Honor-winning violinist Prof. T.N. Krishnan,
and leading Indian bamboo flutist Dr. N.
The events attract over 250
audience members from the campus, community,
and other cities, have received average
ratings of 5 out of 5 from attendees, and
have been repeatedly aired on Michigan Radio,
an NPR affiliate.
out Rohan's schedule for upcoming events
at K and more.