Sitarist, teaching artist, ethnomusicologist
Amie is a juried artist on the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), an Empanelled Artist of the India World Cultural Forum (IWCF), and a City of Dallas Cultural Services Contractor. She served as a City of Austin Cultural Contractor (2000-13), Visiting Musician-Researcher at ITC-Sangeet Research Academy/Kolkata (2011-14), and New Mexico Arts Division Artist-in-Residence (1986-91). In 2016, upon invitation by the US Consulate/Lahore, Pakistan, Office of Public Affairs and supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant, she toured Lahore and Islamabad as a Cultural Ambassador, performing and conducting workshops in numerous universities, colleges, an international music festival, and other cultural and health institutions. The Rotary Club Lahore Mozang awarded her “for her tremendous contribution worldwide to promote the art carving love and harmony across the borders.”
Amie’s musical credits include five CDs (two of her Hindustani classical sitar and three with her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble), as well as sound tracks in several independent films (among them Cutting Chai Productions’ Clay in 2013, Rhituparna Basu’s The Revolutionaries in 2012, the Nobelity Project’s One Peace at a Time in 2009, Cenozoic Studios’ Nan Wayne & Masala SXSW Trailers in 2003) and theater productions (notably Enacte Arts’, A Modern-Day Vyasa: Jean-Claude Carriere’s Mahabharata in 2013 and 2014 and Lucky Chaos Productions’ Living on the Hyphen in 2016).
Her training includes both formal academic study (B.Mus. – Gold Medalist, M.Mus. – Merit Scholar, sitar performance, Viswa-Bharati University, Ph.D. ethnomusicology, University of Texas/Austin) and traditional immersion mentorship in India (under the late sitarist Professor Suresh Misra, Santiniketan, West Bengal), as well as ongoing traditional study with two legendary gurus: Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan and, until her death in 2017, the late vocal diva Padmavibhushan Girija Devi.
Amie has served as visiting professor on the faculties of the Universities of Texas, Alberta, and Pittsburgh. She has completed residencies as visiting artist-scholar at the Universities of Colorado, Chicago, and Louisiana State. Her scholarly work has been supported by a Fulbright IIE grant (1995-96, Univ. of Texas/Austin), a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship and SSHIRC grant (2001-02, 2006, Univ. of Alberta), an Asian Studies Research Grant (2003-4, Univ. of Pittsburgh), and the Sangeet Research Academy Guru Pedagogy Project (ITC-SRA, Kolkata, India, 2011-14). Passionate about women’s rights and creativity, she has published numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapters. She has also co-produced/directed four ethnographic films documenting her research with socially marginalized musicians in India, two of them award-winning, which have screened at juried festivals, conferences, and other events in North America, India, Pakistan, and Europe.
Amie resides primarily in Dallas, TX, where she teaches sitar and Hindustani vocal lessons to students of all ages and performs and tours frequently in the region. She travels to South Asia nearly every year. There, she consults with her gurus, performs and conducts workshops, and continues her advocacy research.
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