Zakir Hussain workshop and performance at University of Georgia 4/2

4/2/2014 8:00 PM

Zakir Hussain workshop and performance at University of Georgia 4/2

Internationally-renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain, the 2014 Gordhan L. and Virginia B. “Jinx” Patel Distinguished Visiting Professor in Indian Musical Arts at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, will present a special performance at the UGA Performing Arts Center April 2 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. He will also give a free workshop that same day at 11:00 am in Edge Recital Hall.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

Tickets for the program are $25, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 706-542-4400, or online at

Widely regarded as a founding figure in the modern world music movement, Hussain is a two-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts, America’s highest honor for traditional and folk artists.

“Zakir Hussain is arguably the best living tabla performer today, an incredible musician,” said Dale Monson, director of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. “To have such a legendary presence on our campus is both an honor and a privilege.”

Born to tabla performer Ustad Allarakha in 1951, Hussain was considered a progidy and by age 12 was already performing on tour. He arrived in the United States in 1970, quickly gaining notoriety as one of the finest tabla players in the world. Hussain’s 1991 album Planet Drum, co-created with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart, won the first ever Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Throughout his career, Hussain has collaborated with a variety of artists including George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Van Morrison, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Joe Henderson, Airto Moreira, Billy Cobham, Pharoah Sanders, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers.

Hussain holds numerous prestigious awards from his native India, and in 2009 was also named a Member in the Order of Arts and Letters by France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication. That same year he presented four critically acclaimed sold-out concerts at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. More recently, Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra premiered Hussain’s Concerto for Four Soloists in March 2011 at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

“He commands an enormous degree of respect throughout the world, for good reason,” Monson said. “Ever since the Patel Professorship was established, it has been an important goal of ours to bring Zakir Hussain to campus.” 

Created in 2008, the Gordhan L. and Virginia B. "Jinx" Patel Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Indian Musical Arts was established to enrich the experience and education offered to the Hodgson School of Music, University, and broader community by giving public performances, presenting lectures, teaching courses and master-classes, conducting workshops and seminars, and in engaging in other outreach activities.

For more information on the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, visit

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