Francesca Cassio, professor of music and the Sardani Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology , has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Women’s Achievement Award from the Indo-American Forum of Long Island for “contributions in Music and Education, spirited leadership, dedication and service to the community”.
New York State Senator Kevin Thomas presented the award to Professor Cassio and the evening’s other honorees. The keynote speaker that evening was Dr. Isma Chaudhury, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Professions at Hofstra. The event was broadcast worldwide on the TV channel Jus Punjabi.
Dr. Cassio, an accomplished scholar, dedicated teacher and kirtan singer, is the author of academic works that advance the study of traditional Sikh music, with a focus on gender issues.