HASU PATEL, composer, performer and educator, is one of the few world-
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-
"My Music, My Dream -
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.
She was honored for her outstanding achievements in the field of Performing Arts, public service and contributions in music.
‘Award of Excellence’ -
‘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
The American Composers Forum – Member
The American Music Center -
Ohio Arts Council – Ohio Artists on Tour
Greater Columbus Arts Council – Artists-
Arts Midwest – Midwest Performing Artist
Oberlin College of Ohio – Teaching Classical Music of India at Conservatory of Music