Musician and Lecturer, Habib University
Yousuf Kerai is a Senior Lecturer at Habib University, teaching courses in Mathematics and Music, including a course that explores the connections between the two domains. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Mathematics from Bennington College, USA. He is also a celebrated tabla player and founder of Tarz Group, an ensemble of classically trained musicians, committed to helping young listeners explore their South Asian musical heritage. At Habib University, Yousuf has been instrumental in garnering student interest towards learning musical skills and has led a student orchestra of over 30 students. As Founding Director of the Centre for South Asian Music at the university, Kerai oversees more than 150 students each semester that are learning sitar, tabla, violin, or vocals and has introduced a minor in South Asian music as part of the rich liberal arts curriculum at Habib University.