Ironically, Ashraf was initiated into Carnatic music by two teachers – Ramankutty Asan and Vijayarajan Master – close to his home at Mattancherry.
Like any aspiring musician in the South, Ashraf says his grounding was in Carnatic music.
After my retirement, I have settled down in Bengaluru and concentrating more on Sufi qawwali with my Ustad’s help,” explains Ashraf.
He completed his post-graduation and M. Phil in Carnatic music from Delhi University.
But his bank job took him to Delhi, and the seven years Ashraf spent there, opened new vistas of music for him.
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