Francesca Cassio is Professor of Music at Hofstra University (NY) and since 2011 holds the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, the first of its kind in the Western Academia. PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Rome, in affiliation with the Benares Hindu University, since the early 1990’s Dr. Cassio has conducted extensive research in India, where she lived for several years and was trained in vocal music by the legendary musicians Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar and Dr. Girija Devi. Senior disciple of Bhai Baldeep Singh, the 13th generation exponent of Gurbānī kirtan, Dr. Cassio specialized on the history and musicological analysis of the traditional Sikh repertoires.
Prior to serving Hofstra University, Cassio was lecturer of ethnomusicology and Indian music at the University of Trento, Conservatory of Vicenza and Conservatory of Adria (Italy), Visiting Professor at Viswa Bharati University (Shantiniketan, India). Recipient of several international grants such as the MAE (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), La Sapienza Doctoral Grant, Hofstra FRDG (Faculty Research Development Grant) to name a few. Author of a monograph on dhrupad (Percorsi