Saturday, 22nd October 2011 | 7:00 pm
Join us at T2F for a lecture-demonstration on the history, evolution, and subtleties of South Asian music.
Spanning over a thousand years, evolving with each new invading culture, the music of South Asia represents dynamics of an extremely diverse and rich cultural history. The nuances of the various visual arts, the idiosyncrasies of social interactions, and the philosophies that have transpired in the subcontinent, are all reflected in this musical tradition.
It is imperative, now more than ever, that the subtleties and nuances of our music be shared and cherished. Appreciating our cultural inheritance poses challenges owing to the lack of exposure to South Asian classical music and the pervasive, disguised version of it that is available courtesy Bollywood. To understand our musical theory, we will have to explore the very beginnings of sound production and view our music in the context of musical traditions around the world. An understanding of its history and evolution will provide context to what the ears experience.
Yousuf Kerai hails from Karachi and was introduced to Indian classical music at the age of eight where he learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. His interest in the tabla grew into an obsession and when he was sixteen, he was accepted as a student of the tabla maestro, Ustad Khurshid Hussain. Yousuf has been a student of tabla for twelve years, even though he has spent eight of those years in the USA for higher education, acquiring a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. He currently serves as Academic Supervisor at Haque Academy, conducting teacher training and teaching Additional Mathematics. Alongside, Yousuf continues his training as a tabla player and gives performances in Pakistan and the USA.
The son and disciple of his father, Shehroze Hussain has learned the art of sitar and singing from Sajid Hussain. He became a student at the tender age of 6 and has performed at various private and public venues such as Sampurna and the All Pakistan Music Conference. He has appeared on television and has served as guest artist for Aga Khan University’s Humanities and Social Sciences lecture series and the School of Leadership’s Young Leaders Conference in 2011. Possessing an excellent grip on the sitar and achieving great technical agility with his voice, Shehroze brings a refreshing personality to the tradition of sitar players.
Date: Saturday, 22nd October, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Donation: Rs. 250
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.