2003 Sufi Conference
November 13 - 16

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   The Evening Concert

The conference will include an evening concert on Saturday, November 15th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm with musicians Yusuf Mahmoud, Asif Mahmoud, and Pandit Ramesh Misra.

About the Musicians.....................................................


Ustad Asif Mahmoud was born in Kabul in 1946. He comes from a long line of musicians originally from Kasur ­ the shrine of Bulleh Shah, the Punjab who moved to Kabul in the 19th century with other North Indian court musicians. They settled in the Kucha-ye Kharabat where they maintained their traditions, not least of devotion to the Chesti order of Sufism, which is always a prominent role to music in its ceremonies. Asif learned tabla from his famous older brother Ustad Hashem, and later studied further with Allah Rakhah Kahn in the Punjab Gharana.

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Yusuf Mahmoud was born in Kabul in 1974, studying tabla with his uncle Ustad Hashem and singing with another uncle Wahid Khan. He often took part in musician Sessions at the Chesti khanegah of Haji Qadir in Kabul. Later, a scholarship allowed him to study the tabla in India with Bandu Khan, of the Ajrara gharana and more recently in Bombay with Allah Rakhah.

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Pandit Ramesh Misra
A glaring example of total dedication, depth and maturity, Pandit Ramesh Misra is a phenomenon in the field of Indian classical music. Mastering over one of the most difficult and unique string instruments 'Sarengi', Ramesh Misra is acclaimed as an outstanding artist of India. Ramesh started his initial intensive training at a very tender age from his father Pt. Ramnath Misra and acquired further knowledge and training from some of the finest musicians of Beneras Gharana such as Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra and Pt. Gopal Mishra. Presently he is under the tutelage of the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Sankar.

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