When tabla maestro came to city and Gurugrammers discovered a storyteller

Gurgaon: Zakir Hussain can enrapture an audience as much with his storytelling abilities as, definitely, he can with his skill at the tabla. One of essentially the most recognisable faces in track for the most productive part of 4 a long time, the Ustad became raconteur on Tuesday night time, regaling Gurugrammers with stories from his life, in the latest within the Algebra Conversations collection, at DLF Club5.
Joining within the nostalgia-infused chat was author and producer Nasreen Munni Kabir, whose ‘Zakir Hussain: A Life in Music’, recently released, is a chain of engrossing one-on-ones with the Ustad over the path of two years.

Ustad Zakir Hussain held forth at the atypical language of track, one that is understood in every single place (no matter its roots). He spoke lovingly of his father, and reverentially of Pandit Ravi Shankar (among others). The dialog was sprinkled with nuggets of wisdom. “A teacher doesn’t train, a student learns. And a teacher is inspired to show by means of the scholar,” he said, memorably.

The tabla maestro started from the beginning. When Zakir was born, his father didn’t, as custom dictated, whisper a prayer into his ear. Instead, he played out the rhythm of the tabla. “But my father never sought after me to replicate him – he informed me I should be better than him.”

The father, Allarakha Qureshi (who would, in the future, come to be known as Alla Rakha), ran away from house, to Lahore, to seek the guidance of the legendary Mian Kader Baksh, of the Punjab gharana of tabla avid gamers, whom he had best ever seen in a photograph within the paper. Much later, a tender Zakir would play a piece within the style of Mian Kader, never having heard him, much to his father’s bewilderment. “He couldn’t imagine it, and was pacing the room. He requested, ‘How did I come across this?’” It was destined, then, that the spirit of Kader Baksh would information the lives of each father and son.


Because Alla Rakha spent a lot of time touring with Pandit Ravi Shankar (among other venerable solo artistes), Zakir luckily stated their function in his track training. And he admitted how looking at the work of drummers and percussionists within the genres of rock, pop and jazz helped give a boost to his own tabla playing.


Wistfully, the Ustad shared how a spirit of syncretism had imbued his father’s era. “In the mornings, he would seek the blessings of the pandit, the priest and the maulana, but it was never forced on him that he should observe a technique of religion.”


More than a chip off the old block, Zakir Hussain proved he is a residing example of the all-embracing soul that is India’s.


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