South Asian Music Ensemble


Minu Pasupathi, Director
Tomal Hossain, Co-Director

The South Asian Music Ensemble explores a variety of classical, vernacular, and popular song repertories from the Indian Subcontinent, with membership open to beginners as well as to more experienced performers with a background in South Asian music. The ensemble focuses on teaching vocal techniques, stylistic features, compositional forms, improvisational practices, and performance conventions specific to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other South Asian diasporas. In addition to participating in weekly ensemble rehearsals, members have the option of attending voice coaching sessions and/or engaging the instructor for private lessons. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as to community members interested in South Asian music.


  • Beginning Session: Mondays, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • Intermediate Session and instrumentalists: Mondays, 5:20-6:05 p.m.
  • Advanced Session: Mondays, 6:10-6:45 p.m.

How to participate

In lieu of auditions, the South Asian Music Ensemble hosts an Open House each year at the beginning of Autumn Quarter. Interested vocalists and instrumentalists can also contact the ensemble directors if they are interested in joining the South Asian Music Ensemble. 

Open House: October 5 at 4:30 p.m.