"Dr. Francesca Cassio - Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology and Associate Professor of Music at Hofstra University, New York."

Scholar and singer with expertise in Indian music, since 1991 Dr. Cassio has conducted extensive research in India, where she lived and has been professionally trained in classical vocal music and in the Sikh repertoire, according to the Guru-Shishya Parampara (“teacher-student”) tradition. Author of a book on dhrupad (medieval genre of Indian classical music), Dr. Cassio, in more than twenty years of research, has worked extensively and written about Indian music (Gurbānī sangīt, dhrupad, Rabindra sangīt, thumrī, semi-classical, folk and devotional repertoires), the yoga of sound, music therapy, Gender Studies, intercultural education, ethnomusicology and music pedagogy.

Dr. Cassio awarded the Stessin Prize 2015

On May 17 2015, Dr. Cassio was awarded the Stessin Prize for outstanding scholarly publication.
On May 17 2015, Dr. Cassio was awarded the Stessin Prize for outstanding scholarly publication.