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.
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
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
AUSTIN TO KARACHI August 2015 Dr. Sonia Seeman
AUSTIN TO KARACHI October 2015 Lee Redfield
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