Kiran is a drummer based in Bangalore, India. He has been drumming for over a decade now, performing in a variety of genres like rock, funk, R&B, jazz, latin, fusion, and Indian film music. He is the elder brother of accomplished drummer P.S.Rohit.
Kiran has a Masters degree in Automotive engineering, and served as a mechanical engineer for ten years before recently quitting his job in the UK, to pursue music as a full-time career.
His initial trigger to the world of rhythm can be attributed to the familiar rhythmic patterns generated when a train passes over fish plates during train travel. This inspired him to pick up percussion as an autodidact at school where he played Snare drum, Tabla, Mridangam, Congas etc.
Kiran first started playing drums in an Indian band during his B.E. days, where he first met Aneesh Rao(voice of KIMA winner & vocalist of his current band, Trikaya). He later went on to form arguably the first Celtic Rock band with bagpipes in Bangalore called Malice in 2008.
In 2009, he joined the World Fusion band - Yugadharma at ISKCON, where he met Amit Anand (music composer of 'Gultoo' movie fame) and got an opportunity to explore various genres. This band also got press coverage.
During his time in the UK, Kiran got an opportunity to further his drumming knowledge, thanks to a lot more access to some of his favourite drummers by attending performances,clinics,workshops and taking private lessons. He attended the Benny Greb Master Session in London, 2014.
Kiran is also an alumnus of the '21 drums' week-long workshops held in 2015 and 2018 at Michael Jackson's hideout in Grouse Lodge Residential Recording Studios, Ireland. Here, he got to learn from the likes of Mark Guiliana(David Bowie etc.), Ash Soan (Adele, etc.), Keith Carlock (John Mayer, etc.), Robert Sput Searight (Justin Timberlake, etc.), Mike Johnston (renowned educator) and gain tracking experience in one of the best studios.
He is one of the winners of London Sinfonietta's Steve Reich Clapping Music competition, which tests rhythmic skills and accuracy. He ranks an all-time 30th amongst tens of thousands of participants across the world.
He attended a 3-day rhythm workshop by Muthu Kumar(tabla player, student of Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Allah Rakha Khan) called 'Singing Drums', gaining insight into Carnatic and Hindustani rhythmic systems.
He also attended drum clinics from Chris Coleman, Jost Nickel and took private lessons from Carter McLean (drummer, LionKing broadway) and Joe Crabtree.
Since his recent move back to India in 2019, Kiran operates as a freelance drummer in addition to teaching privately out of his drum studio.
He is currently part of two bands:
-an Indian Fusion band called Aagamana (vocals, keytar, keys, drums)
-a western improvisational band called Sam & Friends (piano, saxophone, guitar, drums), which also featured at a gig by Sofar Sounds, of international repute.
He has created a video series called 'Two for the Show' by teaming up with his brother Rohit, who is also an accomplished drummer.
"Kiran is one of the winners of London Sinfonietta's Steve Reich Clapping Music competition 2019, ranking 30th amongst tens of thousands of participants across the world"