Hindustani Vocal Ensemble
MUS 148 (2 units)
Instructor: Rita Sahai
Winter 2016 Mondays, 4:10-6:00pm
(First Meeting: January 4, 2015) Music Building Room 115
CRN is 32918
Description: Learn the basics of Hindustani music theory through group singing.
Students learn five ragas per term, through scale practice, short compositions,
For more Information: contact
Professor Henry Spiller (hjspiller) or Rita Sahai (osmjmusic2).
Or just come to the first class!
About the Instructor: Born in Allahabad India, Rita was accepted at the age of nine as a
disciple of renowned vocalist, Pandit Rama Shankar Mishra who groomed her in the
romantic Benares Gharana style. After coming to the United States, Rita continued her
studies under the world famous sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Impressed by her
talent and passion towards music, Khan Sahib has given her the title “Gayan Alankar”
(Jewell of Music). Rita is an acclaimed composer and performer who tours extensively
throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and India. She is also in demand
at recording studios at home and abroad where she graciously lends her voice to many
diverse musical projects by artists such as Béla Fleck and Alonzo King. She has produced
several CDs of her own. For more information, see her website: http://ritasahai.com.