Professor Francesca Cassio, the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, recently completed a tour of lectures and concerts in Italy and India. Professor Cassio is an ethnomusicologist and a musician whose pivotal work on the Sikh traditional repertoire also touches upon gender issues.
On February 22, Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College awarded both Professor Cassio and Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal, Hofstra’s Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, for their influential contributions. The event was held at the University of Delhi in India to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Sikhism. (Conference footage – Professor Cassio’s address begins 2:37 minutes into video)
Hofstra is the only American university that has two endowed chairs in the field of Sikh Studies (Religion and Music). Professor Cassio’s research and published work were recognized by Hofstra in 2015 with the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication.
Professor Cassio and Professor Bhogal are currently organizing an international conference at Hofstra dedicated to Guru Nanak’s pioneering inclusive vision.