Yousuf Ali Khan
Bangladesh. Tabla, dholak
Yousuf comes from the same famous dynasty of musicians as Ali Akhbar Khan, and began playing tabla at the age of five, later studying in Calcutta. He came to England from Bangladesh in 1980 at the invitation of Leicester music service, to help set up South Asian music teaching in the City. He has worked extensively as a music teacher/workshop leader and performer ever since, and has been working with Grand Union for over 20 years.
He currently teaches tabla at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets and at NewVIC Sixth form college, Newham. He heads up Surtaal School of Indian Music in Edmonton. He also works with primary school children at Oakington Manor School in Brent teaching harmonium and singing as well as tabla.
An internationally-known performer and accompanist of choice for Bangladeshi and Indian musicians visiting the UK, Yousuf has released several CDs of his own and published a book for young people with Music for Youth. He also works extensively as a freelance musician and workshop leader.