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Zakir Hussain biography, age, birthday, family, performances & more

Zakir Hussain is an Indian musician from Maharashtra. Originally from Mumbai, Zakir Hussain was born in 1951. Born to Tabla Maestro Alla Rakha, Zakir was a child prodigy. He graduated from St. Xavier’s Mumbai and received his doctorate in music from University of Washington. His father being his mention taught him Tabla from the age of 3 and he began touring alongside him from the age of 11. Realizing his talent, he was roped in several southern classical movies where he surprised everyone with his raw talent. Zakir Hussain has appeared in several documentaries, movies and ad films. He’s a busy musician as well with a staggering 150 concert dates a year. For the contribution, Zakir Hussain was awarded  Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan from the Government of India. He was also a recipient of the Grammy’s in 2009 under the Contemporary Music category for his collaboration on “Global Drum Project”.

Zakir Hussain Biography

Name Zakir Hussain
Full Name Zakir Hussain Qureshi
Occupation Tabla Maestro
Known for Known for his contribution to Hindustani classical music, world music and jazz fusion

Personal Life

Birthday 9th March 1951
Birth Place Mumbai, Maharashtra (India)
Nationality Indian
Educational qualifications St. Michael’s High School, Mahim in Mumbai
Saint Xavier’s in Mumbai
Doctorate in Music from University of Washington
Family Father: Legendary tabla player Mr Alla Rakha

Mother: Bavi Begum

Siblings: Taufiq Qureshi, Fazal Qureshi, Roohi Bano, Khurshid Aulia, Razia Khan

Spouse: Antonia Minnecola, Kathak dancer & teacher

Children: Anisa Qureshi & Isabella Qureshi

Professional life

Teacher Allah Rakha
Basic Career Information Zakir Hussain is a famed tabla player, music producer, music composer and film actor. He was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by Government of India. He also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by Sangeet Natak Akademi. He is the founding member of ‘World Music Supergroup’ Tabla Beat Science.
Achievements and


Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album, Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanities Council at Princeton University, Indo-American Award in 1990, National Heritage Fellowship of National Endowment for the Arts, Kalidas Samman in 2006, Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Lifetime Achievement Award

Lesser Known Facts

1.       Zakir Hussain was a prodigy and started learning instruments from a very young age. His father started teaching music to him from when he was 3

2.       The first film that he worked on was Heat and Dust which was a romantic drama released in 1983

3.       Pandit Ravi Shankar recommended him for a music teacher’s position at the University of Washington

4.       He is regarded as pioneer in the world of Indian music who introduced jazz fusion and world music to the Hindustani gharana.

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