Cultural Exchange

The Sangat ensemble was made possible by a grant of nearly $1 million from the US Department of State/United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan as part of a partnership between Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and  the University of Texas at Austin’s South Asia Institute (SAI) under the direction of Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali.

Faculty members at the University of Texas’s Butler School of Music mentored visiting musicians and scholars from Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) under a three-year partnership. The University of Texas at Austin’s South Asia Institute (SAI) facilitated the exchange of scholars as well as a series of lectures, training sessions, and performances beginning in Fall 2013. The partnership focused on building the creative capacity of NAPA teachers by providing skills in music composition, music theory, orchestration and curriculum development.

A total of 12 scholars from NAPA visited the BSOM during the duration of the partnership to work with the school’s faculty members and students. While in the United States NAPA scholars performed and lectured at the University of Texas at as well as The University of Houston. Butler School of Music graduate students and faculty members working under the program also traveled to Karachi Pakistan and studied with NAPA faculty, lectured and performed.

Special thanks to Li Ping Lo, Griffin Rozell, Dr. Kamran Ali, Dr. Scott Webel, Rachel Meyer, Arshad Mahmud, Nafees Ahmed, Dr. Sonia Seeman and Dr. Stephen Slawek for their leadership  in making this exchange possible.

First performance at SAI 2013

First performance at SAI 2013

KARACHI TO AUSTIN spring 2014
Hafi Mustafa
Nigel Bobby 
Arsalan Pervez
Ahsan Shabbir 

KARACHI TO AUSTIN fall 2014
Jamal Yousuf
Stephen Chaman
AUSTIN TO KARACHI August 2014
Lee Redfield
Stephen Chapan and Jamal Yousuf at St. Gabriel's Catholic School 2014

Stephen Chapan and Jamal Yousuf at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School 2014.

KARACHI TO AUSTIN November 2014
Arshad Mahmud
AUSTIN TO KARACHI December 2014 
Dr. Stephen Slawek 
KARACHI TO AUSTIN Spring 2015
Kashan Khan
Yousuf Nisar
Muhammad Waqas 
Kashif Hussain 
Arsalan Pervez 
Ahsan Shabbir
Dr. Stephen Slawek at NAPA 2014

Dr. Stephen Slawek at NAPA 2014


AUSTIN TO KARACHI August 2015
Dr. Sonia Seeman

AUSTIN TO KARACHI October 2015
Lee Redfield 

KARACHI TO AUSTIN October 2015
Intezar Hussain
Waqas Gulab
Nadir Abbas
Stephen Chaman
Arsalan Pervez
Colin Fullerton and Kashan Khan 2014

Colin Fullerton and Kashan Khan Austin TX 2014

Ahsan Shabbir

AUSTIN TO KARACHI March 2016

Franklin Piland
Chris Ozley
Julia Dixon
Quetta Carpenter
Dr. Mike Hersch
Eddie Hsu
Dr. Sonia Seeman
Lee Redfield 

AUSTIN TO KARACHI January 2017

Franklin Piland
Chris Ozley
Julia Dixon
Quetta Carpenter
Eddie Hsu
Dr. Sonia Seeman
Lee Redfield 
KARACHI TO AUSTIN January 2017
Abeir Shan
Rabia Khokar