Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar in concert
This concert by Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar is a classical and light classical sitar concert to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.
Zakir Hussain is a peerless genius of the tabla, the rhythmic heart of Indian classical music. The son of fabled tabla player Ustad Allarakha and descendant of a long line of master musicians, Hussain has devoted decades to becoming a performer whose “virtuosity is barely to be believed” (The Washington Post).
Hussain returns to Houston for a special duo concert with another impeccably-pedigreed superstar: fifth-generation sitar player Niladri Kumar. This young innovator, a member of Hussain’s famed Masters of Percussion, plays with “a silky smoothness that draws gasps of wonder” (London Evening Standard). Though he has become known for cross-genre experimentation with pop, rock, and electronic music, Kumar continues to return to the traditional sounds that form his artistic roots.