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World Music Institute Presents Zakir Hussain April 26th
Published April 2, 2008

On Saturday, April 26, the World Music Institute will continue their National Heritage Masters series with Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion with special guest Ustad Sultan Khan.

National Heritage Masters is a special series presented by the World Music Institute that celebrates 25 years of the National Endowment for the Art’s National Heritage Fellowships. On April 26, the series will continue with Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion. Hussain, the premier tabla player of his generation, directs these drumming virtuosos from India’s classical and folk traditions. The program will feature tabla solos and duets, sitar and sarangi, ensemble collaborations and a segment with Meitei Pung Cholom, the dancing drummers of Manipur. Ustad Saltan Khan, legendary sarangi (lute) player, will make a special appearance. See below for ticket information.

Zakir Hussain’s Masters include his brother Fazal Qureshi (tabla, kanjira - tambourine), who has performed in India and abroad both as a soloist and accompanist to classical instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers his youngest brother Taufiq Qureshi, a percussionist and composer Niladri Kumar, one of India's young sitar virtuosos Abbos Kosimov (doyra - frame drum), “Honored Artist of Uzbekistan” who has recently worked with Stevie Wonder and Giovanni Hidalgo Ram Kishan (nagada - kettledrums), who received the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Rajasthan Dilshad Khan (sarangi), nephew of Ustad Sultan Khan Vijay Chauhan (folk drums), one of the foremost exponents of the dholki, the premier folk percussion instrument of Maharashtra Meitei Pung Cholom , the troupe renowned for its acrobatic choreography and special guest Ustad Sultan Khan, India's famed sarangi player who has been acclaimed for his extraordinary technical and melodic control over this difficult stringed instrument.

National Heritage Recipient

Zakir Hussain, regarded as a national treasure in India, was born in Bombay and came to the US in 1970. The foremost disciple of his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, Zakir was a child prodigy who began his professional career at the age of 12 and toured internationally with great success by the age of 18. In addition to his remarkable work in classical Indian music, he has been a chief architect of the world music movement with his prodigious collaborations, including Shakti, which he co-founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar Remember Shakti The Diga Rhythm Band Planet Drum with Mickey Hart and Masters of Percussion. As a composer, he wrote and directed music for many film scores (Little Buddha, In Custody, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Mystic Masseur, Saaz) and was commissioned to write scores for Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road project with Mark Morris, Alonzo King's Lines Ballet, and the opening music for the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta He recently collaborated with Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck on composing and performing the Triple Concerto for Banjo, Double Bass and Tabla for the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville, and received a 2006 Grammy nomination for his recording with Aashish Khan on his own label, Moment! Records. In 1988, he was awarded the title of Padma Shri, becoming the youngest percussionist to receive this prestigious honor from the Indian government. His other honors include the title of Padma Bhushan (2002) the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1991) the National Heritage Fellowship (1999) the Kalidas Samman Award (2006) the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Award (1998-99) and a Grammy (1991) for Best World Music Album for Planet Drum. In the past two years he was a visiting professor at Princeton University and Stanford University.

Tickets range from $25, $35 to $45 students with a college ID get in for $15. Box office (212) 840-2824 Information/tickets (212) 545-7536 worldmusicinstitute.org.