Meet new PhD candidate Tejaswinee Kelkar

Tejaswinee Kelkar was starting as a PhD candidate in May 2016. Her research topic is Melody and Motion - applications and experiments in various musical grammars.

Tejaswinee Kelkar

About Tejaswinee 

I have a masters degree in computer science and engineering at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad, India. My current research work is an investigation into melody and motion. In this project, I look at melodic constructions from three perspectives: music theory and analysis, music accompanying gestures, and computational modeling of melodic grammars. 

I have been a student of North Indian music since the age of 3 and I have a bachelors diploma in Hindustani vocal music. I hold a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from 2010, and studied Western classical music thereafter. I hold a Level 4 diploma in Western music theory and composition from the Trinity College of Music, London. Thereafter I became interested in music research, and joined IIIT Hyderabad as a masters student and a research assistant working in the Cognitive Science Lab. In 2014, I joined the Virtual Labs project funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Government of India) at IIIT. I ideated and developed a virtual lab for learning Indian Music with a team (

More information about current research and publications can be found here.

About the project

This project aims at studying how melodic perception and motion are related to each other. The interaction of bodily responses to rhythmic content are fairly well understood in terms of physical motion, entrainment and synchronization. Several models have been suggested to understand the embodied nature of pitch material in terms of conceptual space as well as in the form of physical motion. In this project, we take melody as the central unit and analyse the gestural responses to melodic construction. The project will include a study of theoretical rules for well-formed melodies from various cultures in the world. Thereafter, melodic analysis methods and compositional rules will be compared. Melody generation in algorithmic composition will be compared and evaluated. Gestural responses to different categories of compositional rules through cultures will be studied. The results from these studies will be applied to create computer models of melody, and account for how melody is embodied.

We will be conducting experiments about motion responses to melodic contour this fall, at the motion lab. 

Published June 23, 2016 11:14 AM - Last modified Dec. 6, 2018 5:21 PM