Friday, 20th March 2015 | 7:30 pm
Join us at T2F as Yousuf Kerai and Shehroze Hussain present the enchanting world of rhythm and melody in South Asian music.
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 music and the pervasive, disguised version of it that is available courtesy Bollywood. 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 various geographic regions, the idiosyncrasies of social interactions, and the philosophies that have transpired in the subcontinent, are all reflected in this musical tradition. Join Yousuf and Shehroze as they take you through the enchanting world of melody and rhythm in South Asian music.
This event is a fundraiser for the Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF), a non-profit organization rescuing and rehabilitating stray injured animals and working with other marginalized communities that society normally ignores. For more information, please visit the ACF Facebook page.
Yousuf Kerai learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of Ustad Khurshid Hussain and has been a student of tabla for over t 16 years. He currently serves as Academic Supervisor at Haque Academy, conducting teacher training and teaching Additional Mathematics. He also conducts lecture demonstrations on South Asian music and has taught electives at Aga Khan University on South Asian music. Yousuf is the founder of the Tarz Group and is committed to finding innovative ways for our musical heritage to adapt and grow in value so that it can be passed on to future generations as an integral part of our South Asian identity.
Shehroze Hussain is the eldest son of sitar maestro Ustad Sajid Hussain of the Senia Gharana. Shehroze started learning sitar at the age of six and has performed at a range of private and public venues such as Sampurna, All Pakistan Music Conference, Tehzeeb Foundation and Lahore Music Forum. He has appeared on television and has served as guest artist for Aga Khan University’s Humanities and Social Sciences lecture series and School of Leadership’s Young Leaders Conference in 2011. For the last four years he has been a star performer, alongside his father, in the classical ensemble, Tarz Group, led by Yousuf Kerai. He is currently a student at Haque Academy, in his final year of the O-Level program. 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.
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.