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I am myself a disciple: Zakir Hussein

The tabla maestro talks about Indian music's influence across the world.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 14:00 IST

Ustad Zakir Hussein is playing with Pandit Ravi Shankar after three years. In Mumbai just after the concert in memory of his father, the tabla maestro talks about Indian music's influence across the world.

Considering that both of you have been instrumental in globalising Indian music, how do you see the world music scene?

I wasn't instrumental. It was my father, Ustad Allarakha Khan, and Pt Ravi Shankar who travelled together in the early Sixties across the globe to familiarise the world with Indian classical music.

As far as world music is concerned, I don't categorise music. Is the Indian influence more widespread now?

Indian influence today is one of the major sources of creativity.

Any disciples that you are proud of ?

I am myself a disciple. However, I am proud of my father's disciples like Yogesh (Samsi), Aditya (Kalyanpur) and Anuradha (Pal), to name but a few.

Does Indian classical music really need government patronage any more?

Music should not rely on government patronage; it should be self-sufficient.

Does Indian classical music lack a youth connect or is it a perception problem?

It is a perception problem. A lot of youngsters are involved actively in classical music.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 14:34 IST