Sur ka Safar: Luminous Rubab

Listen to the radiant Rubab of Liaquat Homayoun, accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on tabla.

About the artists:

Liaquat Homayoun: started self-learning the Rubab in 2007 when he was 16 years old and spent four years teaching himself compositions from recordings of famous Rubabiyas. It wasn’t until he came across a recording of the famous contemporary Afghani Rubab maestro residing in California, Ustad Humayun Sakhi, that he decided to receive formal training. Liaquat has been learning from Ustad Arshad Khokhar in Jacobabad and then simultaneously from his true inspiration, Ustad Humayun Sakhi since 2014. Lessons with Ustad Humayun Sakhi started of online and the “shagirdi” was formalized when Sakhi sahib visited Peshawar in 2018. To date, Liaquat Homayoun has performed at many music festivals, including All Pakistan Music Conference, and has also conducted workshops in collaboration with APMC.

Yousuf Kerai: hails from Karachi, Pakistan and was introduced to South Asian 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 the great maestro, Ustad Khursheed Hussain. Yousuf has been a student of tabla for the last 20 years, even though he has spent eight of those years in the U.S.A. for the sake of higher education. Earning a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Bennington College, Yousuf has taught at various institutions in USA and Pakistan in the capacity of a mathematics teacher and teacher trainer. He currently serves as Mathematics Lecturer and Founding Director of the Centre for South Asian Music at Habib University. 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 collaborative performances with his ensemble of classically trained musicians called TARZ GROUP, which provides a more globally appealing alternative to classical performers. Yousuf co-hosts regular performances at T2F in a program called Sur ka Safar, where he provides a platform for upcoming musicians through a crowd-funded model.

📅: 28th January 2024 at 7:30 PM

📍: 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan 75500

🎫: PKR 1000/- | Tickets available at @ticketwalapk and limited tickets available at the gate

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