Hasu Patel

HASU PATEL, composer, performer and educator, is one of the few world-class female artists performing today Classical Music on sitar, the most popular string instrument of India. Hasu plays Sitar in a very special style known as Gayaki Ang (vocal style), where the sitar replicates the fluidity and subtle nuances of the human voice. This innovative technique, which is credited to her Guru, the Sitar legend Ustad Vilayat Khan Sahib of Imdad Khani Gharana, is the most significant contribution to her music inheritance. She has dedicated her life to preserving and propagating in its pristine purity, the fascinating, and highly evolved classical music of Ancient India.

Born in the culturally rich city of Baroda, India, Hasu began her musical studies in early childhood. At the age of 10, she made her first public appearance. She had many years of rigorous training under her illustrious Gurus Prof. N.B. Kikani and Ustad Anwar Khan Sahib.  She is the first woman to receive a music degree with a Gold medal in the 75-year history of the Faculty of Performing Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India. At the age of 21, she won the first prize in Gujarat State for the stringed instrument competition held by All India Radio.

"My Music, My Dream - It gives me an eternal pleasure when I teach the students and play before music lovers around the world. The more one plays, the more humility captivates one," says Hasu with much determination and joy. To her, Indian classical music is a rare and divine art, which calls for absolute dedication called sadhana.

Here in the United States, she has continued to pursue music ceaselessly for the past three decades. She has performed the Classical Music of India known as Raga Sangeet (scientific, precise, subtle and aesthetic system of melodic notes accompanied with tremendous vitality on Tabla ) at various universities, performing art centers, music and sound healing conferences, world/jazz/country music festivals, radio/television stations, churches/temples, yoga ashrams, and with Indian Classical dance ensembles.

Her few performances include:

 1999 Woodstock's 30th anniversary             

 the Chicago Asian Jazz Festival

 the Reinberger Chamber Hall of Cleveland Orchestra

 the Warner Concert Hall at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

 the Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music

 9th Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Her international activities include performing Sitar concerts in Canada, India and at the ‘2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music’ at the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China.

World Premiere of Sitar Concertos based on Indian Ragas with Western Orchestras

Hasu accepted the unique opportunities and challenges from two western conductors to compose Sitar Concertos featuring Indian Classical Ragas.  The result was two stunning compositions, Mangal Dhwani (auspicious sound) and Swara Mangalam (musical notes are auspicious), both for Sitar, Tabla and Orchestra.

 Performed the world premier of Mangal Dhwani (Raga Bageswari) with the Doctors Orchestra of Houston in February 2008

 Performed world premier of Swara Mangalam (Raga Yaman Kalyan) with the Canton Orchestra of Michigan in March 2008

       Hasu became the first Indian female composer and performer of sitar concertos.

Recognition Awards

She was honored for her outstanding achievements in the field of Performing Arts, public service and contributions in music.    


 ‘Award of Excellence’  -- Shiva’s Dance International of Cleveland, OH

 ‘International Women Composers of the World’ – the 8th Annual Women Composers Festival, Hartford, CT.

 ‘Hind Rattan Award’ – the NRI (Non Resident Indians) Welfare Society of India, Delhi, India

Web Sites :  www.myspace.com/hasupatel

Performing Artist/ Affiliations:

Sursangam School of Music – Founder and Director

International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM)

The American Composers ForumMember

The American Music Center - Member

Ohio Arts CouncilOhio Artists on Tour

Greater Columbus Arts Council Artists-in-Schools

Arts Midwest Midwest Performing Artist

Oberlin College of OhioTeaching Classical Music of India at Conservatory of Music