Zakir Hussain to perform in city after 17 years

- Sudeep Sonawane, Kathmandu

Nov 22, 2018-

Internationally acclaimed percussionist Ustad Zakir Hussain, accompanied by three other Indian musicians, will perform in Kathmandu on November 27, event organisers announced at a media conference on Wednesday.

The tabla maestro will render his compositions of Indian classical music at the concert, organised jointly by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Kathmandu and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

The concert opens at 6pm on Tuesday at the Indian Embassy in Lainchaur, Kathmandu, organisers said.

Announcing details of the concert at the press conference, Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri said, “By far, the most iconic tabla maestro in the world Ustad Zakir Hussain will enthrall classical music lovers in Nepal with his group after a gap of 17 years. It is a concert for people who love Indian classical music and we have plenty of space for music lovers.”

Anantha Krishnan on mridangam, Sabir Khan on sarangi and Navin Sharma on dholak will accompany Ustad Zakir during the one and a half hour long concert. Indian Embassy First Secretary for Press, Information and Culture Abhishek Dubey said, “This concert is an endeavour to promote the historically common musically heritage of Nepal and India.”

“Performing artistes are god’s gift to mankind,” said Ambassador Puri, and quoted English playwright Shakespeare’s famous lines from the play, The Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.”

Concert attendees should register their name, cellphone number, nationality, citizen/passport number and email address at Invitation to the concert is through e-invitation of the Indian Embassy on first to register get entry basis, organisers said.

Published: 22-11-2018 07:39

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