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Zakir Hussain
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Zakir Husain Qureshi, has culminated the art of playing tabla to an un-precedental level. He mesmerises the mass with his beat.

Zakir Husain was born in 1951 to a classical family. He inherited his musical talent from his father, Allah Rakha of Punjab Gharana. From the early childhood, he got the musical environment and opportunity to polish his talent. He achieved his degree of classical music from Washington University. He started his performance with Pt. Ravi Shankar. He plays tabla for hours without being tired as a child plays toys pleasurly.

Everytime the tabla maestro performs his tabla, he evokes hysteria among the youth. Everytime he accompanies another musician or dancer, the demand for entry pass shoots up and people start whispering to see his performance. He beats his tabla at the rhythm of hearts’ beat of millions of people. Once a person hears and sees his art performance, he gains it as life time opportunity. Zakir Hussain practices his tabla regularly. He has also given music for the film ‘Heat and Dust’. He has been awarded with Padmashri by the Government of India.

His other acheivements are Padma Bhushan in 2002, Indo-American Award in 1990, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, Kalidas Samman in 2006 and Grammy Award in 2009.