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Tabla has been my mate since I was a baby: Zakir Hussain
January 12, 2019
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New Delhi: An international force to reckon with in the world of music, classical tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain says his tabla has been his mate since he was a baby, and the percussion instrument is the “hottest-selling” one worldwide, with India’s greatest bench strength being in it.

“Me and my tabla have been mates since I was a little baby. This is not work for me, it’s play, it’s a lot of fun. And, it’s the best play I can be in.

“(It is) The greatest toy that I have. It’s a friend, it’s a lover, a sister, a brother, it’s everything and that relationship has only, in some ways, deepened,” 67-year-old Hussain told reporters here, in response to an IANS question.

The 2002 Padma Bhushan recipient performed to a house brimming with music lovers, at the cultural centre Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra on Thursday evening, after a gap of over eight years.

Indo-Asian News Service

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