Rohini Ramanathan of Oceanside, NY, is a traditional and trained Indian classical singer, an art she learned from renowned musicians in New Delhi, India, and her own mother. Coming from a musical family, she began her formal lessons at age eight, and at age thirteen, she began performing on India’s national radio, All India Radio-Delhi as a youth artist. As a soprano, Rohini is also well versed in Indian pop and devotional music and sings in many languages, including classical Sanskrit, the language of the Hindu scriptures.
After obtaining her English Honors degree from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi, Rohini moved to the United States when she was 19 years old. She obtained her master’s (the University of the District of Columbia) and doctoral (Boston University) degrees from U.S. universities and worked in the fashion, health, banking, IT, and community development venture capital industries; academia; non-profit sector and community organizations for many years even while pursuing her music career. She taught Indian classical music at the New School for Social Research University in Manhattan. As a winner of many awards and grants, she has produced the following feature-length music titles:
- Scaling the Karnatic Music Ragas (a east-west fusion audio-video-booklet ensemble).
- Gita Govindam: A Love Story in Verse sung in the Hindustani style with Tabla and Tanpura accompaniment
- Devotional Music and Mental Health (Video and VCD)
- A Carnatic Music Concert (Audio-Cassette).
Rohini has performed at numerous prestigious venues, both in the U.S. and India, including, working with Western classical and jazz musicians, modern choreographers, and practitioners of Indian classical dance. In 1998, she was honored by the Long Island Traditions, Inc. for her musical contributions both as a performer and teacher.
Her other activities include, being:
- A Radio News and Entertainment Producer and Host
- The Socio-Cultural Chair for the 27-year-old India Association of Long Island
- Member of the Asian-American Advisory Council to Sesame Street (PBS-Educational Television)
- Advisor, Asian-American Task Force, Girl Scouts of Nassau County
- Vice-President, The Federation of Indian Associations, New York, NY.
- President, Bharathi Society, New York, NY
- Press and PR Coordinator, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), New York, NY
- Founder, India Heritage Institute of Long Island
As a columnist/essayist/feature and short story writer, her writing has appeared in:
- The New York Times
- The Hindu (leading Indian publication)
- The Earth Times (New York)
- Khaleej Times and Brand Track of United Arab Emirates
- India Abroad
Recently, she was one of the writers featured at Kahaani, a new forum launched at Columbia University’s Southern Asian Institute for writers of the shared languages of the Subcontinent.
Rohini’s dissertation analyzed the knowledge, and perception of, and attitude toward India and Indians among New York City Public School seniors. At present, she divides her time between consulting, music, and writing.