Grammy Award-winning tabla maestro to perform in Charleston

  • Friday, February 28, 2014

A rare arts opportunity will expose the Charleston community to classical Indian music played by the world's leading percussionist and Grammy Award-winning virtuoso, Zakir Hussain. The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) will present the concert “Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion” featuring the internationally renowned tabla player on March 15.

Zakir Hussain was a child prodigy on tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. He was touring by the age of 12, and along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, he has elevated the status of the tabla, both in India and around the world. He has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris and the Kodo drummers.

One of Hussain's regular collaborations is “Masters of Percussion,” an outgrowth of his early tours with his father. Since 1996, he has taken the best of India's percussionists, along with one or two melody players, around the U.S. and the world.

Charleston residents will have the unique chance to witness Hussain's improvisational dexterity, in addition to the skills of the Masters of Percussion: Selvaganesh Vinayakram (kanjira and ghatam), Steve Smith (Westerndrums), Niladri Kumar (sitar), Dilshad Khan (sarangi), Deepak Bhatt (dhol) and Vijay Chavan (dholki).

Performing over 150 international concerts a year, Hussain rarely shares his skills on stage in smaller communities. Presenting an artist of this caliber to the Lowcountry enhances IAGC's mission to further spread awareness and understanding of India's rich culture, art and ancient heritage.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 15, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tickets range from $20 for students to general admissions of $30 to $100. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit CharlestonMusicHall.com. To purchase tickets by phone, call the box office at 843-853-2252 or Etix at 1-800-514-3849. Buy tickets in person at the Charleston Music Hall's box office or at Monster Music and Movies and Cats Music. Students must purchase tickets at the box office and show student I.D.

For more information about the event, please email inquiries to iagcchs@gmail.com.

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