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?Music should not depend on patronage?

TABLA MAESTRO Ustad Zakir Hussain was today decorated with the prestigious national Kalidas Samman of the Madhya Pradesh Government. In an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times he talks to Vanita Srivastava about his recent concert with Pt Ravi Shankar at Mumbai and the influence of the Indian classical music across the world.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 01:42 IST
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TABLA MAESTRO Ustad Zakir Hussain was today decorated with the prestigious national Kalidas Samman of the Madhya Pradesh Government. In an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times, he talks to Vanita Srivastava about his recent concert with Pt Ravi Shankar at Mumbai and the influence of the Indian classical music across the world.

How did you feel while performing recently with Pt Ravi Shankar at Mumbai after a gap of almost a decade?
It was a like a spiritual experience. Performing with him refreshed my past memories. I am just nothing before him.

Does Indian classical music really need government patronage?
No, music should not be dependent on government patronage. It should be self-reliant.

Does Indian classical music lack a youth connect?
No, a large chunk of the audience which is coming for the classical shows is from the youth segment. More and more younger lot is being attracted to its fold. You have played a major role in the globalisation of Indian classical music. No, I am just reaping the benefits of what my father Ustad Allarakha Khan and Pt Ravi Shankar did. They travelled together in the early 1960s across the globe to familiarise the world with the Indian classical music.

What keeps your interest alive in Indian classical music given all the music you are exposed to?
I feel comfortable only with the tabla. It is my life and breath.

After a role in Sai Paranjpe’s ‘Saaz’, you have not done any more acting for films. Why?
I realised I should stick to tabla.

Secret of your success?
The blessings of my elders

What do you have to say about remixes?
I also try to remix myself sometimes by wearing different combination of clothes. It is the period of transition but will certainly not throw any effect on the Indian classical music.

Your message to the youngsters?
Enjoy your work. Realise the importance of music and try to attain perfection.

How are you able to do so many concerts in a year? What do look forward from the audience?
I try to keep myself physically fit. From the audience I just want their love and affection.

Any concert in the offing?
A_Yes, one is lined up for Dubai this month.