One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, and Farida Khanum. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.
Yousuf Kerai was introduced to Indian classical music at the age of eight and 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 of Karachi. Yousuf graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2005 followed by a Masters degree in teaching mathematics in 2006. He is now Khurshid Saheb’s senior disciple and will accompany him in conducting tabla classes at T2F.
– Classes will be held on Fridays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
– Duration: 3 months / 12 classes
– Start Date: 14th January 2011
– Cost: Rs. 4,000 per month (payable in advance)
– Contact Chand Singhara on 0312-298-1248 to enroll
Students are welcome to bring their own set of tablas to the classes. If you would like T2F to arrange a set for you, please make an additional advance payment of Rs. 6,000 and we will get you a brand new, student quality, tabla set.