Sarah Morelli

  • Biographical Description

    • Ethnomusicologist Sarah Morelli joined the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music faculty in the fall of 2006. A specialist in classical music and dance of North India, she teaches courses on world musics and leads a North Indian classical performance ensemble. Prof. Morelli has studied Hindustani vocal music and the sarod with the legendary musician, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and his disciple Dr. George Ruckert, and has trained in Kathak dance with virtuosic Kathak master, Pandit Chitresh Das and his disciple Gretchen Hayden.

      Prof. Morelli's forthcoming book, Tales of a Modern Guru: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming) is an ethnographic account of Pandit Das's dance company and school, his contributions to Kathak dance, and processes of culture-change in artistic diasporas. These issues also inform her earlier work on hip hop culture in Korea.

      Course Offerings: winter 2014
      ASEM 4656: Dance in India
      MUAC 2057: Musicology: Introduction to World Musics 
      MUEN 3041: North Indian Classical Ensemble 

      Course Offerings: spring 2012 
      MUAC 4520: Topics in Hindustani Music

      MUEN 3041: North Indian Classical Ensemble

      Recent Publications and Presentations

      2013 Panelist for Organized Roundtable, “Innovation in New Global Arts Curricula.” Society for Ethnomusicology conference, Indianapolis, IN. November 16.

      2013. Presenter for “Embodied Pedagogy: Music and Dance of India” Workshop at the College Music Society conference, Cambridge, MA. October 31.

      2010 “Intergenerational Adaptation in North Indian Kathak Dance.” Anthropological Notebooks. 16(3): 77-91.


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