"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.

Upcoming lectures and concerts:

February 26, 2016: “The Sonic Pilgrimage in the Sikh Tradition”

Lecture and Concert.

Music and Poetics of Devotion in the Jain and Sikh Traditions Conference.  Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

 

March 4th, 2016: “Gurbānī Kīrtan: a distinctive genre of Sikh music, at the crossroads of the Hindu and Muslim traditions.”

Lecture and Concert.

South Asian Music Conference, TSAI Auditorium, Harvard University, Boston.

 

April 7th, 2016: “Female Performers of Gurbānī Kīrtan

Lecture and Concert.

Sound and Spirit Conference (IRCPL), Columbia University, New York. 

 

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.