Yousuf Kerai hails from Karachi, Pakistan 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. Through this, his interest in the tabla grew into an obsession. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of Ustad Khurshid Hussain. Yousuf has been a student of tabla for twelve years, even though he has spent eight of those years in the U.S.A. for the sake of higher education, acquiring a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (MAT).
Yousuf continues his training as a tabla player. From the very start of his training, Yousuf has performed in private and public performances in both Pakistan and U.S.A. Recently, Yousuf has been giving special attention to helping young listeners connect with their south Asian musical heritage through lecture-demonstrations on musical theory and orchestra performances with an ensemble of classically trained musicians, titled TARZ GROUP, providing a more globally appealing alternative to classical performers.
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