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Zakir Hussain Takes Harvard By Storm

Ranjani Saigal

An explosion of rhythm and melody resounded through the Sander’s theater as the Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain and his percussion ensemble played to a full house on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Sanders Theatre.  The event was hosted by World Music.

Hussain, who has achieved superstar status in the World of Music, presented a program that could appeal to the novice and the expert alike. For the novice there were the simple instructional compositions while the expert was treated to very interesting compositions that showcased the vidwat of the master. The audience was particularly appreciative of the interesting sounds from the nature imitated on the Tabla by Hussain.

In the melodic section of the presentation we had Niladri Kumar on Sitar and Dilshad Khan on the Sarangi accompanied by Hussain and his brother Fazal Quereshi who played the table and the Kanjira. Vijay Chauhan played the Dholak. Later Abbos Kosimov the famous percussion master from Uzbekistan took center stage with enchanted the audience with his Doyra.

Taufiq Quereshi has a scintillating performance on western percussion. Meitei Pung Cholom Performing Troupe, the dancing drummer of Manipur played and danced with their drums.

The event clearly showed the universal nature of music blending music from around the world. The passion for music and the musical expertise was clearly showcased in the presentation and for  the audience it was clear that fine music is that which emanates from the hands of the master and reaches the very depths of the soul of listener.

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