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Staff Report GULF NEWS Published: January 24, 2008, 00:06

Tabla legend Zakir Hussain is sure to enthrall you as he matches beats with other renowned artistes on February 1.

Get set for the ultimate fusion concert, headlined by renowned percussionist Zakir Hussain. A classical tabla virtuoso, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in India, but gained him worldwide fame.

The favourite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, from Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar to Birju Maharaj and Shivkumar Sharma, he has not let his genius rest there. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.

Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, and recordings and performances with artistes as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison and the New Orleans Symphony orchestra.

This time around in Dubai, he will be joined by Vinni Colaiuta (The lead drummer for Sting); banjo player Bela Fleck; bassist Edgar Meyer; U. Srinivas (The first exponent of the electric mandolin in India); V. Selva Ganesh (The Kanjira maestro); Niladari Kumar (The finest young sitar virtuoso today) and Taufiq Qureshi ( a percussionist and folk drummers from Rajasthan).

With Zakir’s fingers creating superb music and Viinie Colaiuta’s impeccable strokes, rhythm is going to hit new highs.

Date: February 1
Venue: Tennis Stadium, Aviation Club
Tickets: Dh1,000 (Paradise); Dh700 (Tranquility); Dh400 (Serenity); Dh300; Dh200 and Dh100
Time: 7pm (Show begins at 8pm)
Contact: 050 4216250 or

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