Zakir Hussain

Profession: Indian Classical Musician (Tabla Maestro)


Brothers of Zakir Hussain

Taufiq Qureshi and Fazal Qureshi

Father of Zakir Hussain

Alla Rakha (legendary tabla player)

Mother of Zakir Hussain

Bavi Begum

Wife/Spouse of Zakir Hussain

Antonia Minnecola

Favourite Actor(s) of Zakir Hussain

Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor

Favourite Actresses of Zakir Hussain

Rekha, Vidya Balan, Sharmila Tagore

Favourite Food(s) of Zakir Hussain

Maharashtrian cuisines, Punjabi Cuisines & Continental Cuisines

Favourite Singer(s) of Zakir Hussain

Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Jasraj, A.R. Rahman

Award & Recognition(s) of Zakir Hussain

1998: Awarded with Padma Shri
2002: Awarded with Padma Bhushan
1990: Awarded the Indo-American Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
1999: Awarded with National Heritage Fellowship of National Endowment for the Arts from Hillary Clinton
2005: He was named an Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanities Council at Princeton University for being a full time Professor in the music department
2006: Honoured with Kalidas Samman
2009: He won 51st Grammy Award

Information about Zakir Hussain

He was also starred in several documentaries such as Zakir and His Friends, The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain, the Art of the Indian Drum and also co-starred in a film Heat and Dust.  His wife is also a professional Kathak dancer and a dance teacher. She had also been his manager for a long time.  He had given a great contribution in raising the status of the Tabla players in the society, which earlier considered playing the Tabla as most contemptuous art.  He got associated with violinist L. Shankar, guitarist John McLaughlin, mridangam player Ramnad Raghavan, and legendary ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram and formed a fusion group named as 'Shakti', and on the 20th anniversary of this group, he introduced the world with the second version of the group named as ' Remember Shakti', which accompanied artists like U. Srinivas, T.V. Selvaganesh, and Shankar Mahadevan.  Does Zakir Hussain drink alcohol?: Not Known  Does Zakir Hussain smoke?: No Known  Here is the video of the interview, in which Simi Garewal is unveiling the life pages of Zakir Hussain and his wife.  He is a founding member of 'World Music Supergroup' and also a visiting professor at Stanford University in the department of music.  He has also collaborated with great artists such as Grateful Dead and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and once, with these artists, he played a jam session for four days while tripping on banned substances.  In 2016, Zakir Hussain was amongst few legendary musicians, who were invited by President Obama for the 'All-Star Global Concert' at the White House.  Mickey Hart of 'Grateful Dead', invited Zakir Hussain to create the special album called Global Planet Drum project, which featured legendary musicians from the different part of the world. This album released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label and went on to earn the 1992 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, which is the first Grammy ever awarded in this category.  Zakir Hussain was a genius student since his childhood. His father, Ustad Alla Rakha, was a legendary Tabla Player and started teaching him Pakhawaj when he was three years old.  He has performed with many legendary maestros of music such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit VG Jog, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, and many more.  In his early twenties, he attained the peak of his popularity and started visiting the United States frequently and he had performed more than 150 concerts per year 


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