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South Asian Music Summer Course

Yousuf Khan, Grand Union Orchestra workshop, Tabla lessons, learn to play the tabla, East London, South Asian music, Poplar, music lessons
Yousuf Khan, Grand Union Orchestra workshop, Tabla lessons, learn to play the tabla, East London, South Asian music, Poplar, music lessons

Spend a week learning the rhythms and melodies of music from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan with Tabla player Yousuf Khan and singer Mahamaya Shil.

What to expect

This special week-long course will focus on the music of South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. Yousuf Khan and Mahamaya Shil will instruct students on the rhythms, unique syllables and melodies of the continent, giving tabla demonstrations and instructions on how to perform as a group.

Popular songs will be covered, ranging from traditional Bengali folk songs to the more popular Indian bhangra rhythms.

Students will also learn how to accompany singers whilst performing the tabla and learning the South Asian style of vocal practicing. Alongside the tabla, other classical instruments will be covered such as the harmonium and tanpura which all accompany each other wonderfully.

On Friday at 4pm, there will be an informal concert for family and friends to show what was learnt throughout the week.

Booking in advance is advised.


Yousuf will be teaching weekly tabla lessons at Poplar Union from September. To find out more and to book, see here!


About Yousuf Khan

Yousuf Khan, Tabla lessons, learn to play the tabla, East London, South Asian music, Poplar, music lessons

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.

About Mahamaya Seal

Mahamaya has been learning Indian classical music from the age of 5. She completed her diploma in classical vocals with ALL INDIA RADIO music composer Anupam Choudhury at the Bangiya Sangeet Parished (West Bengal University Calcutta). She then completed her study with the late Guru Srikanth Bakhre who was a renowned musical artist in West Bengal. She was also coached by internationally renowned musical artist Pandit Raja Misra for a time. Alongside this, she has taken part in radio and television performances in India and has many years experience in teaching classical Indian music to children and adults. Since coming to London in1998, she has taken part in many stage and television programs and currently works as a music teacher in primary and secondary schools.