Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain


Zakir Hussain, Is world famous Indian Tabla Player in Hindustani classical music and known as music producer born on 9 March 1951, In Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Family Background:

Hussain is the son of the legendary tabla player Alla Rakha and his wife Bavi Begum. Hussin has Five siblings. Taufiq Qureshi, Fazal Qureshi, Roohi Bano, Khurshid Aulia, and Razia Khan. He comes from Muslim family.

Personal Life:

Hussain married to Antonia Minnecola, who is Kathak Dancer and teacher and his Manager. The couple has two daughters Anisa Qureshi, and Isabella Qureshi.


He started his education at St. Michael’s High School from Mahim. He completed his graduation at St. Xavier’s, Mumbai. In 1969, he went to United State to earn Ph.D. at the University of Washington.


In 1991, He released his first album on  Rykodisc label, Which received the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 1992.

He worked as Indian composer and advisor in Malayalam film  Vanaprastham, which won the award at 2000 Istanbul International Film Festival, 2000 Mumbai International Film Festival in India. He composed soundtracks for several films. He is the founding member of Bill Laswell’s, world’s music supergroup ‘Tabla Beat science’. He played tabla in some films such as Francis’s Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha and many other films.

Unknown Facts:

  • Hussain was a prodigy. He started to learn the instrument at the very young age.
  • He is known as a pioneer in the world of Indian music.
  • He introduced the Jazz fusion and the world music in the Hindustani Gharana.

Master Stroke:

  • He had named as Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanity Council at  Princeton University. In this, He worked as the professor in music department since 2005-2006.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1988, He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
  • In 1990. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  • In 2002, He awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India.

What can we learn from him??

Like Zakir Hussain, Learn from your life and Work with the passion and humble in life because humility is the best thing to become a success.

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