Bharath Ranganathan

Educator, Researcher, Musician


I am a musician and academic hailing from Bangalore, India. My domains of interest include ethnomusicology, music theory, Karnatik music and diaspora cultures.

I am currently a doctoral candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Svanibor Pettan at the University of Ljubljana, where I am researching the intersection of society, culture and music of Indian origins, in Slovenian society.

My academic work includes a chapter titled ‘Community Music with Unaccompanied Minor Asylum-seekers in Slovenia’ in the book ‘Music and Ethnic Minorities: (Trans)Cultural Dynamics in Slovenia after the Year 1991’ edited by Svanibor Pettan, a master's thesis analysing select compositions of Indian film-composer Ilayaraaja and a mobile application that converts Indian notation to Western staff notation as part of my fellowship project. My current focus is on my doctoral thesis titled ‘Transcultural Dynamics of Indian music in Slovenia’.

As a teacher, I have worked with various institutions including engagements in India, China and Slovenia apart from leading seminars, workshops and masterclasses.

I have spent several years honing my craft as a vocalist and guitarist with the best musicians in India and the world. I hold a Masters in Music from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, followed by a fellowship under Program Director Casey Driessen, and a Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance from the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, India. I completed my undergraduate degree in Business Management, majoring in Marketing and Corporate Communications from Singapore Management University, Singapore. I have graduated with honours from all institutions.