Lectures, Master Classes, Clinics, Workshops, and Institutes
Rohan has presented Indian Rhythm 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 (India), National Institute of Design (India), Munich Conservatory (Germany), Mannheim Popakademie (Germany), Kyoto University (Japan), Society for Ethnomusicology, and Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). 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.
Recent presentations include:
Kyoto University - Kyoto, Japan, 2018
Invited foreign speaker at the conference on "Globalization of Indian Performing Arts in New Media Situation: Dynamics of Cultural Gyre"
Acoustical Society of America Annual Conference - Hawaii, 2016
“Transforming Rhythmscapes.” Invited speaker and performer for an interdisciplinary session on the acoustics of global percussion.
Shastra Symposium - New Jersey, 2016
Invited speaker and performer at the first conference on cross-cultural performance and composition at William Paterson University.
Acoustical Society of America Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, 2015
"From Laboratory to Concert Hall: The Invention and Production of a New Drum Tuning System.” Invited speaker and performer as part of an interdisciplinary session on the acoustics of percussion instruments.
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”
Percussive Arts Society International Convention - Indianapolis, 2010
Clinic/performance: “Accompaniment Techniques in South Indian Mridangam Performance.”
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.