Zakir Hussain

  • Birth Name Zakir Hussain
  • Born 09-03-1951
  • Occupation Artist
  • Year Active 1963
  • Origin Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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    Career beginnings

    Zakir Hussai is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer.Hussain was born in bombay,India to the legendary tabla player Alla Rakha. He attended St.Michaels High School in Mahim,and graduated from St Xaviers, Mumbai.His younger brothers are noted percussionists,Taufiq Qureshi and Fazal Qureshi and Maral Qureshi. When he took birth his father was extremely ill.It is fabled that a sage visited their dwelling and predicted that his father would soon recover and that Zakir would assume the illness of his father for a period of four years.

    That is what transpired and four years after his birth,Zakir recovered from the migrated illness.Hussain was a child prodigy,and was touring by the age of twelve.He went to the United States in 1970,beginning his international career which includes more than 150 concert dates a year.In 1973,he appeared on George Harrisons Living in the Material World album.He has received universal acclaim as a composer.Hussain is a founding member of Bill Laswells World Music Supergroup Tabla Beat Science.Hussain participates in the Silk Road collaborative musical project.He teaches Tabla to advanced students in both San Francisco and Mumbai.Zakir participates in the Global Drum Project with percussionists from around the world.In 1992,Hussain founded Moment Records,which features original collaborations in the field of contemporary world music, as well as live concert performances by great masters of the classical music of India.The label presents his own world percussion ensemble, The Rhythm Experience,both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shakti and the Masters of Percussion series. Moment Records 2006 release Golden Strings of the Sarode,with Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album category for that year.Hussain starred in the Merchant Ivory Film Heat and Dust in 1983,for which he also composed the score. He composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor for the Malayalam film Vanaprastham,a 1999 Cannes Film Festival entry which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI Fest) in 1999,and won awards at 2000 Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkey), 2000 Bombay International Film Festival (India),and 2000 National Film Awards (India).He has composed soundtracks for several movies, most notably In Custody and The Mystic Masseur by Ismail Merchant,and has played tabla on the soundtracks of Francis Coppolas Apocalypse Now,Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha,and other films.He also composed the soundtrack of the Aparna Sen's Mr. and Mrs.Iyer,being himself the singer of some of the songs,for the first time in cinema.He starred in several films specifically showcasing his musical performance both solo and with different bands,including the 1998 documentary Zakir and His Friends,and the documentary The Speaking Hand Zakir Hussain and the Art of the Indian Drum (2003 Sumantra Ghosal).He also performs in the DVDs The Rhythm Devils Concert Experience (2008),and The Way of Beauty (2006) with the band Remember Shakti.Zakir Hussain married Antonia Minnecola,a Kathak dancer and teacher, who is also his manager.Zakir Hussain has two daughters Anisa Qureshi and Isabella Qureshi.Anisa Qureshi graduated from UCLA and is trying her hand in video production and film making. The other daughter,Isabella is studying as a dance major in Manhattan.He was named an Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanities Council at Princeton University,where he resided for the 2005–2006 semester as full professor in the music department.He was also a visiting professor at Stanford University.

    Latest Awards


    • Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Lifetime Achievement Award

      Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Lifetime Achievement Award -2012


    • 51st Grammy Awards

      51st Grammy Awards -2009


    • Padma Bhushan

      Padma Bhushan -2002


    • Indo-American Award

      Indo-American Award -1990
    • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

      Sangeet Natak Akademi Award -1990


    • Padma Shri

      Padma Shri -1988
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