Press

Rohan has been featured on leading networks and media outlets such as CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, JAYA TV, SUN TV, and India Today. He has numerous interviews, concert reviews, and feature articles in international newspapers, magazines, and websites, including USA Today, The Hindu, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Kalki, India Abroad, India Today, Percussive NotesOakland Tribune, Echoes, Columbia University News Service, Eastman Notes, Lokvani, MyCarnatic, Democrat and Chronicle, and Kalamazoo Gazette.

 


Acclaim

“You are an expert in your field and are doing wonderful things to bridge cultures through music!”

- Dr. Abdul Kalam, President of India, during a one-on-one meeting and performance at the presidential estate in New Delhi. 

“You play without any mistakes and your skills are well beyond your age. I am amazed that you have gathered enough skills to perform in concerts in such a short time!”

- M.S. Subhalakshmi, world-renowned Indian vocalist.

"Spine tingling rhythmic fireworks from a young expert in the art of South Indian drumming." 

- Glen Velez, Grammy Award-winning percussionist, on Rohan’s first solo album, Layopasana 1: A Rhythmic Voyage.

"His style is very mature and reflects that of legendary mridangists." 

- Chitravina N. Ravikiran, world-renowned Indian slide guitarist.

“Rohan is a prodigiously talented performer of the South Indian drum, the mridangam, and his activities at Kalamazoo College have been a tremendous asset to our campus and the surrounding region… an innovator, he has introduced significant modifications to the design of the mridangam and has appeared in several genre-defying musical collaborations… I can personally attest to Rohan’s ability to inspire other artists to expand their horizons.” 

 - Dr. Keith Murphy, eminent composer and professor

 

 

 

"An international mridangam performer who promotes the pitched South Indian drum and has redesigned the instrument to make it more durable and user-friendly.”

USA Today

"An innovative musician, composer and charismatic performer…expresses creative ideas with articulation and flair.”

          - Robert Handa, NBC

“The percussion prodigy from America once again stole the show with an immaculate performance on the mridangam.” 

- Sunderrajan, respected music critic, The Hindu.

"Has briskness at his finger tips and brought about exclusive laya (rhythmic) shades." 

- S.V. Krishnamoorthy, respected music critic, The Hindu.

"Rohan's prodigious performances in a very complicated and mature musical world are remarkable. Rohan is a virtuoso and will go a long way to help preserve the musical culture of India... he has an incredible ability and understanding of the very complicated structure of Classical Indian Music with all of its complex rhythms and time signatures." 

- The Davidson Institute for Talent Development on Rohan's award-winning project entitled "Making Music with the Mridangam."