2004 Sufi Conference
May 13 - 16, 2004

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The Evening Concert

The conference will include an evening concert on Saturday, May 15th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm with musicians Yusuf Mahmoud, Asif Mahmoud, and Ashraf Sharif.


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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Ashraf Sharif Khan is the third son of the Asian sitar master Ustad Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala. An acknowledged prodigy since the age of eleven, he inherits a musical tradition handed down from father to son, from ustad to talib, over hundreds of years ­ since the founding of the "saini gharana" school in the time of the Moghul Emperors of South Asia.

Ashraf's music combines an astounding technical proficiency with an accomplished artist's striving for perfection in musical expression. The melodic beauty of his style, accentuated by his dynamic rhythmic development and virtuoso technique provide an unforgettable musical experience for longtime aficionados of South Asian music and for newcomers alike. His music transcends regional boundaries, and is accessible to all. It is universal in scope.

Ashraf Sharif has performed extensively in Pakistan, United States, Europe, Japan and South Asia.

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