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Rita Sahai

( She/Her/Hers )
Lecturer Faculty
Indian Music Ensemble
Email: music@sfsu.edu
Location: CA 161

After coming to the U.S. over three decades ago, Rita Sahai has become well-known as an acclaimed composer, performer and teacher of Hindustani vocal music, and has recorded several CDs of her original compositions. Her personal vision is to bring healing, peace and harmony through the universal language of music.

Rita conducts classes all over the Bay Area and beyond. Her students come from varied cultural and musical backgrounds. Rita’s Western students discover a universal appeal and depth of emotion when singing classical ragas, and her classes provide IndianAmerican students a way to reconnect with the music and culture of their mother country.

Rita recently celebrated 20 years as director of the UC Davis Hindustani Vocal Ensemble, and her own Vasundhara Choir – composed of students from all backgrounds and ages – has performed in concerts featuring her original compositions since their premier concert in 2008. For more information, visit https://ritasahai.com