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The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain And The Art Of The Indian Drum
The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain and the Art of the Indian Drum by Sumantra Ghosal (2003, 104 min., video) A must-see for fans of Zakir Hussain and Indian classical music, The Speaking Hand charts the life and work of India's leading tabla (drum) player from his early upbringing and training to his musical career in India and the West. The film includes fascinating footage in which Hussain demonstrates various Indian and international drum techniques and sounds, as well as exclusive concert footage with world-renowned exponents of Indian classical music and dance, including his father Ustad Alla Rakha (tabla), Ravi Shankar (sitar), Birju Maharaj (kathak-dance), and Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute). "[The] film generously explores contours of tabla playing, its multiple stylings and personalities in Indian music..." (Variety). In English and Hindi with English subtitles.

Date: 05/30/2004
Location: Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Time: 3:50 pm

Cost: MFA members, seniors, and students $8; general admission $9.

Contact: 617-369-3306


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