Fun Facts

Ravi S. Rajan
CalArts President Ravi S. Rajan with students | Image: Myles Pettengill

Fun Facts about President Ravi S. Rajan

Curious about the fourth president of CalArts? Here's a short Q&A that reveals a few fun facts and tidbits about President Rajan that won't be found in an official bio.


April 5th

Favorite pieces of music?

So What (Miles Davis); Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (folk song/Luciano Berio/Nina Simone); Spinning Wheel (BS&T); Appalachian Spring (Copland); Rite of Spring (Stravinsky); Concerto for Orchestra (Bartok); The Unanswered Question (Ives); Black Angels (Crumb); Aftertones of Infinity (Joseph Schwantner)

Favorite books?

Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison), The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin), Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston), Things Fall Apart (Achebe), Beloved (Morrison), One Hundred Years of Solitude (Márquez)

Favorite films?

Citizen Kane, 2001 A Space Odyssey, La Dolce Vita

Favorite magazines?

The New Yorker and The Atlantic


New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Times of India

TV show?

Star Trek TNG

Cuisine and favorite dish?

Mexican Food; Steak Tartar

Part of the world to visit...

Africa (as much as he has been able to see of it)

Favorite part of parenting...

Holding my boys in my lap and hugging them.

Family highlights from recent coast-to-coast road trip...

Utah… “What an amazing place. The light. The layers.”

Ravi plays

Tennis. “Kind of.”

Ravi collects...

Fountain Pens.

First musical instrument played?