17th ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA)Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata 2010 | Listen to Ustad Zakir Hussain Live Program

Ustad Zakir Hussain's North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Tabla performance
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17th ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan 2010 Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive Ustad Zakir HussainITC organised their 17th Sangeet Sammelan from January 8th to 10th, 2010 at ITC Sangeet Research Academy compound, Kolkata with “cream de la cream” of Indian Classical Music Artists.

Pandit Ajay Chakraborty, Abir Hussian, Arshad Ali Khan, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Shrimati Girija Devi, Ganesh Kumaresh Duo, Shri Kushal Das, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Shaswati Mandal Paul, Shashank Maktedar, Saket Sahu, Supratik Sengupto, Ustad Zakir Hussain performed at the festival.

We got the opportunity to cover Tabla Solo Recital by living legend Ustad Zakir Hussain accompanied by Ajay Joglekar on Harmonium.

A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisation, founded in formidable knowledge and study. Widely considered a Principal architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contribution to world music has been unique and exclusive in nature, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti , which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band , Making Music , Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science , Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with diverse artists.

A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve, the gifted son of his great father, the late tabla legend, Ustad Alla Rakha. Zakir came to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career that includes multiple number of concerts per day. He has composed and recorded many albums and soundtracks, and has received widespread recognition and awards as a composer for his many ensembles and collaborations. He has composed soundtracks for several films as well.

The recipient of countless honours, Zakir has received the titles of Padma Bhushan, in 2002, and Padma Shri, in 1988, becoming the youngest percussionist to be awarded these honours. In 1990, he was awarded the Indo-American Award in recognition for his outstanding cultural contribution to relations between the United States and India and in 1991, he was presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi

Award by the President of India. Zakir received the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the United States' most prestigious honor for a master in the traditional arts and in 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious Kalidas Samman, from the government of Madhya Pradesh. In 2007, readers' polls from both Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines named him Best World Music and Best Worldbeat Drummer respectively. He has taught at Princeton University and at Stanford University.

Zakir has mesmerized thousands of audience on 9th chilled evening with warm presentation for around 90 minutes.

His witty humourous interaction with audience as well as innovative sounds on Tabla like walking of Elephant, Ringing of Bells etc. flooded the audience with flow of Joy of true essence of Indian Classical Music.

We are grateful to Sangeet Research Academy for inviting us as well as for compilation of some informations on Ustad Zakir Hussain.

- Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Kolkata News

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