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.


The SAME presents winter and spring concerts, along with performing on the Tea Time Concert Series.

2021-22 concerts:

  • Thursday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m., Tea Time Concert
  • Sunday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m.

How to participate

In lieu of auditions, the South Asian Music Ensemble hosts an open house rehearsal at the beginning of Autumn Quarter. This year's open house will be a virtual event on Monday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. CT. Please RSVP ahead of the event. If you are interested in participating in the ensemble, you must attend the open house.

Please read through the Instrumental Rehearsals and COVID Protocols before attending your first in-person rehearsal.