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Rohan has presented Indian percussion institutes and camps, master classes, clinics, workshops, and academic lectures at world-renowned institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, Harvard University, MIT, Berklee College of Music, Duke, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Sam Houston State University, Western Michigan University, University of Madras (India), A.R. Rehman’s K.M. Conservatory of Music, Society for Ethnomusicology, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), and the National Institute of Design (India). He has also presented online master classes through Lessonface.

Rohan's presentations cover a wide range of topics that highlight both the ancient South Indian Carnatic percussion tradition, and innovative applications of Indian rhythmic techniques and repertoire to other instruments and styles of music. Lively, educational, and engaging for diverse audiences, his presentations are valuable enrichment opportunities for college and university students, educators, musicians and dancers, and general community members.

Rohan founded and directs the popular Eastman South Indian Percussion Institutes in Rochester, NY. The institutes are an exciting, week-long course in South Indian percussion for teachers, collegiate and high school students, and community members. The institutes provide an overview of Carnatic music, an ancient form of classical music from South India, and explore techniques and approaches of the Carnatic percussive tradition, considered one of the world’s most complex. Participants get hands-on experience playing several traditional instruments, including the pitched mridangam, the primary drum of South India, as well as other hand drums including the khanjira frame drum, ghatam clay jug drum, and konakkol, a unique system of vocal percussion. Watch students of the RohanRhythm studio perform the 2014 Eastman Indian Percussion Institute concert.

Recent presentations include:


SF MusicTech Summit- San Francisco, 2014
Rhythm workshop and presentation on “Virtual Gurukulavasa: Online Music Pedagogy in South Indian Percussion.”

Graduate Institute for Applied Linguistics- Dallas, 2014
“Virtual Gurukulavasa: Online Music Pedagogy in South Indian Percussion”

Acoustical Society of America Annual Conference - Providence, 2014
“The Science of Art, the Art of Science.” Invited speaker as a recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at two international ASA conferences.

Sangam Arts Rhythm Workshop - Stanford University, 2014
“Rhythm Everywhere.” Interactive rhythm workshop presented as Sangam Arts’ Artist-in-Residence.

Acoustical Society of America Annual Conference - San Francisco, 2013
“Percussion, Performance, Pedagogy, and Technology: The Impact of Virtual Music Lessons in Percussion Education.” Invited speaker and performer as part of an interdisciplinary session on the acoustics of percussion instruments.

 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2013
“The Role of the Mridangam in Carnatic Music.” Invited by Duke University/UNC-Chapel Hill Sangeet.

K M Conservatory of Music - Chennai, 2012
“Cross-cultural Composition and Musicianship.” Presentation on a collaborative composition, Tabuh Kreasi Parivartanam, at leading Bollywood composer, A.R. Rehman’s, music conservatory.

Acoustical Society of America Annual Conference - Kansas City, 2012
“Cross-Cultural Concepts and Approaches in Musical Rhythm.” Invited speaker as part of an interdisciplinary session on rhythm.

Classical Arts Society of Houston, 2012
“Opportunities and Challenges of Pursuing Carnatic Music in the United States.” Invited keynote speaker at the fall festival.

University of Madras, Department of Indian Music - Chennai, 2012
“Kannuku, Mora, Mathematical Phrases, and Cadences: Exploring the Structure of Carnatic Rhythmic Compositions”

Asheville Percussion Festival- Asheville, North Carolina, 2012 and 2013
Artist faculty at the new and collaborative percussion festival.

Percussion Rochester, 2012
Performance and workshop at a new, international percussion festival organized by the Eastman School of Music.

Harvard University Graduate Music Forum Conference on Music, Technology, and Media - Boston, 2012
“Virtual Mridangam: South Indian Percussion Education in the Internet Era”

Society for Ethnomusicology International Conference - Philadelphia, 2011
“Virtual Mridangam: Internet Training for the Modern Mridangam Student”

University of Rochester Annual Diversity Conference, 2011
“Teaching Music From Around the Globe in the Western Music Academy”

Society for Ethnomusicology - Niagara Chapter, 2011
“Modal Investigations in Gamelan Gong Gede Repertoire.” Also invited to present a lecture-demonstration on South Indian percussion with the Eastman Indian Drumming Ensemble as part of the conference concert.

Percussive Arts Society International Convention - Indianapolis, 2010
Clinic/performance: “Accompaniment Techniques in South Indian Mridangam Performance.”

Society for Ethnomusicology - Niagara Chapter, 2010
“Virtual Mridangam: Internet Training for the Modern Mridangam Student.”

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Annual Conference, 2009
Eastman School of Music student representative and presenter at the national conference in San Diego on music entrepreneurship in university music programs.

Generation E-Musician Conference, 2009
Eastman School of Music student representative at the national conference on music entrepreneurship.

Eastman Colloquium Series, 2009
Presentation for Eastman students on entrepreneurial career paths in music with Dr. Ramon Ricker, director of the Institute for Music Leadership.