Zakir Hussain (tabla) with Niladri Kumar (sitar) (90 mins)
As one of India’s leading percussive instruments, tabla has played a vital role in shaping the presentation of Hindustani music and Kathak dance. Although conventionally, the tabla players were merely expected to provide rhythmic accompaniment, in recent times, the tabla players have had scope to play a more active and creative role, thus lending a new dimension to the aesthetics of the overall presentation. As a result, today, the tabla player is recognised as an integral part of a performance. In this regard, the contribution made by Zakir Hussain, the internationally renowned tabla maestro, is indeed invaluable. In this performance, the inimitable master will showcase the versatility of the tabla by presenting a solo as well as providing rhythmic accompaniment to sitar, a lute that has an international presence today. A fifth generation sitar player, Niladri Kumar has trained with his father, Kartick Kumar, who has had the privilege of learning from his father and other great masters, including the legendary maestro Ravi Shankar. Kumar has had the exposure to world music, and today, he is a prominent instrumentalist representing the younger generation of musicians. In this recital, the artistes explore the sonic space together with each other, leaving aside the conventional hierarchy of either one of the instruments.
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