Ustad Zakir Hussain says, 'I am still a student and there is a lot to learn'
Ustad Zakir Hussain says, 'I am still a student and there is a lot to learn'

Indian tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain on Wednesday evening during his visit to Bengaluru, enchanted his fingers. The Grammy Award winning artist was in the city to perform in 'Classical and Beyond' - a concert which also played Indian classical music along with global music - flute with Rakesh Chaurasia, mandolin on U Rajesh, Patil on Mridangam Kanjira on Satish Kumar and V Selvaganesh. In a conversation with the Bangalore Times, Ustad talks about his bond with Tabla, his love for Bengaluru and his mantra of playing musical instruments.

On question of bond with tabla, Zakir Hussain says, "Being born in a family of table players is almost like being connected to the instrument with an umbilical cord. That's the kind of connection I share with the table and I always felt very comfortable in its presence. Even when I am travelling, the instrument lives with me in my room. This lets the instrument, and me, be in a space which is very comfortable for both of us. So, the relationship prospers in more ways than one can possibly imagine. 

On question of the greatest skill that is required to master a musical instrument - patience, dedication or practice. He said, the greatest skill you should have is being able to establish a relationship with your musical instrument. It's not technology, it's not about how fast you can play. It is being able to understand what to present and remove your musical instrument to its best potential. One skill you need is to be able to harness the power of your mind and disseminate that information into your hands. It is not only a physical skill, the mind is also present in it. It is by synchronizing everything that you will be able to flow emotions into the instrument.

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