Videos

Mridangam Highlights

Ashwin Krishnakumar, bamboo flute. San Francisco, CA.


Mridangam Solo

2013 IndianRaga Fellow, Rohan Krishnamurthy, performs a solo on the mridangam in New York City.


The Alaya Project - Cycles

Alaya is the essential bridge between the intricate Carnatic style of Indian classical music and contemporary jazz and funk. Born in the cultural bastion of Oakland, California, Alaya explores new textures and perspectives built over two decades of friendship, dialogue, and musical immersion across genres and continents. The driving hybrid kit grooves of Indian percussionist and drummer, Rohan Krishnamurthy, the soulful Ragas and melodies of Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone, and the harmonic bedrock of Colin Hogan embodies the permanence of a changing soundscape.


The Alaya Project - Changing 5s

Alaya is the essential bridge between the intricate Carnatic style of Indian classical music and contemporary jazz and funk. The driving hybrid kit grooves of Indian percussionist and drummer, Rohan Krishnamurthy, the soulful Ragas and melodies of Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone, and the harmonic bedrock of Colin Hogan embodies the permanence of a changing soundscape.


The Alaya Project - Sobhillu

Alaya is the essential bridge between the intricate Carnatic style of Indian classical music and contemporary jazz and funk. The driving hybrid kit grooves of Indian percussionist and drummer, Rohan Krishnamurthy, the soulful Ragas and melodies of Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone, and the harmonic bedrock of Colin Hogan embodies the permanence of a changing soundscape.


Carnatic Duet - Manavyala

An impromptu session with Rohan Krishnamurthy, mridangam, and Prasant Radhakrishnan, saxophone.


7x7

7x7 is a rhythmic composition inspired by the diverse and changing soundscapes of San Francisco. The piece is one of the first socially-inspired, programmatic works for south Indian percussion. Listeners might be reminded of the wind, waves, rain, cable cars, BART, footsteps, and construction sites. The chants of the Women’s March were particularly moving as a microcosm of the city’s pulse during a pivotal moment of social reflection. The movement of ideas and values, sounded collectively by thousands of people, through the elements of Market Street, coalesce into the crescendo of a unified rhythm for equality. The 2017 premiere was graciously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant.


In Search of Sound - 7x7

Video profile by filmmaker Vijay Sridharan on the compositional and research process of "7x7," a rhythmic composition by Rohan inspired by the diverse and changing soundscapes of San Francisco. The creation and premiere of the piece in 2017 was graciously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant.


Rhythm Drive

Rhythm Drive is part of a musical series by IndianRaga to create new-age compositions inspired by Indian classical music. Rhythm is everywhere. The falling raindrops, the rumbling of the metro, footsteps. It can even be heard in the way we zip or unzip a bag, strip open tape and tune our instruments with rocks, sticks and hammers.


Highlights

Highlights is part of a musical series by IndianRaga to create new compositions inspired by Indian classical music. This track is inspired by the joy of revisiting highlights from one's life, and the rush of emotions that it brings.


NBC Interview and Performance

Interview with Robert Handa on Asian Pacific America, a weekly T.V. show spotlighting influential people based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Mridangam Demo

Rohan explains the different sounds and techniques of the mridangam, a popular Indian drum, for the Kalamazoo Gazette.


In Concert with T.N. Krishnan

Dalton Theatre, Kalamazoo College.


Carnatic Trio

In concert with Aditya Prakash, voice, and Krishna Parthasarathy, violin.


Sacred Earth

Ragamala Dance Company's "Sacred Earth" explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environment that shapes them. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth explores the fragile relationship between nature and man. This excerpt is from the production's drum and dance finale.


Echoes Mridangam Concerto

A unique concerto for South Indian percussion and string orchestra by Dr. Elizabeth Start. Featuring percussion soloist Rohan on mridangam with the Kalamazoo College Orchestra. Dr. Barry Ross, conductor.


Migration Too

Rohan and Grace present a spellbinding duet of contemporary music blending violin and Indian percussion like never before. The two young virtuosos present cross-genre and cross-cultural pieces specially commissioned for their extraordinary artistry. Migration Too by Elizabeth Start.


Shades of 3

In concert with four-time Grammy Award-winner, Glen Velez. "Shades of 3," an award-winning percussion duet by Rohan. Dalton Theatre, Kalamazoo College. Read the review of the concert in The Hindu.


Tabuh Kreasi Parivartanam

Tabuh Kreasi Parivartanam (Part 1) by Rohan Krishnamurthy and Lena Nietfeld. Mridangam: Rohan Krishnamurthy and John Driscoll. Premiered with Eastman Gamelan Lila Muni at the Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall. Winner of the 2009 Barbara Barnard Smith prize for new compositions for gamelan.


Tabuh Kreasi Parivartanam

Tabuh Kreasi Parivartanam (Part 2) by Rohan Krishnamurthy and Lena Nietfeld. Mridangam: Rohan Krishnamurthy and John Driscoll. Premiered with Eastman Gamelan Lila Muni at the Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall. Winner of the 2009 Barbara Barnard Smith prize for new compositions for gamelan.


Jughalbhandi

In concert with Grammy Award-winner, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, mohan-veena, eminent slide guitarist, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, chitravina, and Vijay Ghate, tabla. Live fundraiser concert for Chinmaya Mission in Ann Arbor, MI.


Rohan Concerto

by Dr. Payton Macdonald, for Indian and Western percussion.
Bicoastal premiere at the Juilliard School in New York City and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

SFCM Percussion Ensemble
Jack Van Geem, conductor
Rasika Apte, live painting


Dance Images

Dance Images, a new piece for violin and South Indian percussion, by Elizabeth Start.  Ayano Ninomiya, violin. Detroit Institute of Arts. 


Private Recital for Bharata Ratna M.S. Subhalakshmi

A young Rohan performs a private recital for the Indian vocal legend, Bharata Ratna M.S.Subhalakshmi, in Chennai, India.


Tala Vadya - Eastman Hand Drumming and Indian Rhythm Institute

Kilbourn Hall, July 25, 2014. Performed by students of the RohanRhythm Percussion Studio: Jay Appaji (Dallas, TX), Naren Pullela (Oklahoma City, OK), Nikhila Rao (Rochester, NY), Nilesh Rao (Rochester, NY), Tarun Shriram (Stamford, CT), and Vijay Srinivasachari (South Windsor, CT).