Laxmi G. Tewari

Director, World Music Program

Office Location: Ives 58
Office Phone:
(707) 664-2989
Email Address:
Fall 2007 Office Hours: M, 4pm-6pm,  Th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Laxmi Tewari's Website

What I Do at SSU

I am primarily a vocalist of Hindustani classical music.  Academically, I was trained in World Music (Ethnomusicology).  I teach Survey of World Music courses and Music in Religion and Society.  I also conduct an Indian Singing Ensemble.  Basically, I add some spice to music to let the flavors from around the world enrich our understanding of music.

My Bio

A gold medalist and merit scholarship winner, I completed B.Mus./ M.Mus. and D.Mus programs at Banaras Hindu University before moving to Wesleyan University to teach Indian Music and to study Ethnomusicology.  I earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and joined Sonoma State University.  I have been honored with an Outstanding Professor Award, a Meritorious Performance and Professional Achievement Award, and the Friends of the Library Faculty Award. I am a performer of Indian classical vocal music and teacher.  I have collected the folk musics of India, Turkey, Trinidad, and  Fiji and have produced numerous recordings and books based on my field research.