Michael  Siegell

 

Michael with his wife Lakshmi in concert
Michael with his wife Lakshmi in concert

AMERICAN

 

SITAR PLAYER & ACADEMIC

April 2016 ; Michael & Lakshmi at Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. - photo taken by Anthony Zois
April 2016 ; Michael & Lakshmi at Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. - photo taken by Anthony Zois

 

Devoted to Meher Baba since 1970. Michael Siegell , Ph.D. is an accomplished and versatile sitarist and one of the few westerners to train seriously in North India classical music.

He has been studing the sitar since the 1970s both in the U.S. and in India.

Michael was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the American Institute of Indian Studies-Smithsonian Institution to complete his Doctorate and continue his research and music training in India ( 1985 -'86 ) and was awarded a Visiting Academic Fellowship at the European Graduate School ( EGS ) in Switzerland where he taught and performed.

Michael is Professor of Psychology and Programe Chair of Psychology at Cambridge College.

His wife Lakshmi accompanies on the tambura when he performs. She is a psychiatrist by profession.  

 

Late 1970s - Michael accompaning Adi K. Irani at the Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Late 1970s - Michael accompaning Adi K. Irani at the Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

Studied and trained in Pune, India with Ravi Shankar's longtime senior disciple Pandit Bhaskar Chandavarkar and sometimes performed with Shankar.

 

Michael with his sitar teacher Pandit B.Chandavarkar in Pune, India from 1985-86
Michael with his sitar teacher Pandit B.Chandavarkar in Pune, India from 1985-86

 

 

GLOW INTERNATIONAL magazine

- Spring 2013

 

Michael wrote a tribute to Ravi Shankar in this issue of the magazine.

Pages 20 - 24

 

 

1980s Los Angeles ; Michael & Lakshmi with Ravi Shankar
1980s Los Angeles ; Michael & Lakshmi with Ravi Shankar
Group Photo at The Trust office December 1977. Michael is seated in the middle of the bottom row.
Group Photo at The Trust office December 1977. Michael is seated in the middle of the bottom row.

 

This DVD was Written, Produced & Directed by Buz & Wendy Connors

 

Indian music directed and performed by Michael Siegell.

 

72 mins.

 April 2016 ; Michael & Lakshmi at Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. - photo taken by Anthony Zois
April 2016 ; Michael & Lakshmi at Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. - photo taken by Anthony Zois

Siegell appointed Visiting Adjunct Professor at European Graduate School in Switzerland

 

Professor Michael Siegell, PhD, was recently appointed Visiting Adjunct Professor at European Graduate School, Division of Arts, Health & Society, in Saas-Fee Switzerland. During his three week stay in Switzerland, Professor Siegell taught two graduate psychology courses in the Expressive Arts program, presented a keynote lecture entitled Notes on Creativity, Freedom and Identity: Soundings from a Cross Cultural Pilgrim, and performed a concert on Sitar along with his wife, for the college community.

Dr. Siegell in Switzerland

Dr. Siegell is a member of the Core Faculty at Cambridge College and is Program Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program.

Across the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Siegell has worked as an educator, teacher, clinician, consultant and performer in a wide variety of different educational, cultural and organizational settings and institutions. He combines scholarly, clinical and artistic interests in a broad range of interdisciplinary topics especially connected to: human development, the cross-cultural experience, the psychological and therapeutic dimensions of the arts and the spiritual impulse.

Upcoming Events

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Sep 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Cambridge College School of Management, 17 Monsignor O'Brien Hwy., Cambridge, MA
Sep 21, 2016 - 5:30 PM
CC - Springfield
Sep 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM
CC - Springfield
Sep 28, 2016 - 5:30 PM
CC - Springfield
Oct 04, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Oct 04, 2016 - 6:00 PM
On phone and online
Oct 05, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Springfield Regional Center
Oct 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM
CC - Springfield
Michael and Lakshmi at Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, Sth.Carolina Photo by Anthony Zois
Michael and Lakshmi at Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, Sth.Carolina Photo by Anthony Zois
Michael performing with Ravi Shankar
Michael performing with Ravi Shankar