Tabla for Two
Masood Omari is a tabla master in the Punjab lineage. He was born in Ghazni, Afghanistan and received his gurmani (mastership) in 2002 from his ustad (most respected teacher and master) Araf Chishty in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Punjab lineage is a strict, highly disciplined school of tabla. Masood shares this lineage with Zakir Hussain, the most well known tabla player in the world today.
Masood has accompanied some of the greatest classical Afghani and Pakistani singers on stages in Europe and America. His playing is powerful and graceful. Masood has composed exciting original compositions blending classical Eastern beats with Western style, producing a powerful fusion for the tabla. Besides playing the tabla, Masood is also proficient at playing the dholak, the harmonium and he is a talented singer.