Join us at T2F for a Tabla Demo by Yousuf Kerai
Sunday, 21st March 2010 | 6:30 pm
The tabla is an instrument that is believed to have been invented in the 13th century, and since then it has seen a repertoire of rhythmic discourse grow into a complete discipline. Many strokes and styles emerged over the years and the first formal school of thought, style and technique or gharana of tabla, the Dilli Gharana, came about in the 18th century. Many other gharanas emerged subsequently, in various parts of the northern subcontinent, each contributing a new dimension to the art of tabla playing. In this presentation, Yousuf Kerai will demonstrate the intricate fabric and poetry of tabla performance. He will be accompanied by the young and prodigious sarangi player, Gul Mohammed Hussain, son and student of the accomplished sarangi nawaz, Akhter Hussain.
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. While at Bennington, he was a regular rhythm accompanist for the dance classes held at the college, performed annually in music festivals, composed and performed music for plays, performed for dance workshops, and worked with music faculty and conducted sessions for some of their courses. In Northern Virginia, where he taught high school for three years, Yousuf performed at various private and public venues such as the Gandhi Memorial Center, University of Virginia, and James Madison University where he had the privilege of performing before Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Gul Mohammed is a young, talented sarangi player hailing from a family of legendary musicians. The grandson of sarangi maestro, Ustad Ghulam Mohammed and student of his father, Akhtar Hussain, Gul has been learning and playing the sarangi for over 3 years. In addition to time spent at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Gul has performed as an accompanist with Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Salamat Ali, Bashir Khan, and Shafqat Amanat Ali.
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.