I started listening to Indian classical music from a very young age and had, over the years been completely seduced by its charms. However, my passion was accompanied by a singular lack of knowledge that left me uneasy about exploring the subject cinematically. A chance meeting with Zakir changed that and set me off on a path of discovery.
“It’s good that you know so little,” said the Ustad with disarming candour.
“Perhaps you could actually discover things afresh for your audience.”
The logic seemed unarguable at the time. Over the next three years, as I repeatedly confronted my ignorance, I realised it had nothing to do with the validity of the argument. I had simply succumbed to Zakir’s legendary charm.
For my part, the excitement of the journey was in the fact that the tabla is the traditional accompaniment for all forms of North Indian classical music. This meant that, emanating from Zakir’s art, I could explore a wide variety of our music — be it instrumental, vocal or dance.
However, the uniqueness of Zakir’s tabla playing ensured that even greater riches lay before me. For, not only has he re-defined the sound of the instrument, Zakir has also enlarged its scope by connecting with a range of musical cultures both at home and abroad.
It was surprising how little of this had been previously documented.
– Sumantra Ghosal
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Ustad Alla Rakha (Tabla)
Ustad Rais Khan (Sitar)
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma ( Santoor)
Pandit Ravi Shankar (Sitar)
Dr. Vikku Vinayakram ( Ghatam)
Pandit Birju Maharaj ( Kathak dance)
Pandit Jasraj (flute)/ Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute)
Planet Drum – Mickey Hart (Tar)
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