August 9, 2009

Percussion instruments play not only rhythm, but also melody and harmony.They are commonly referred to as “the backbone” or “the heartbeat” of a musical ensemble, we flow with it and enjoy the vibrations leaving us in a completely refreshed state. Rhythm, melody and harmony are all apparent and alive in these musical groups, and in live performance they are quite a sight to see.

Tabla is one such North Indian musical instrument which requires an absolute balanced beat pressure of the hand.

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. Not many of us know that he was the co-composer of the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1996.

Live clip from 2004 Masters of Percussion Tour featuring the Maestro with Ustad Sultan Khan

Now lets hear it from the mastero Zakir Hussain.

Music thus touches our soul and enlightens our spirits.
”It’s not necessary to understand all the intricacies and all that, but if you are in thoughtless awareness, the joy which was created by the artists starts flowing through your being and you can really enjoy the music”.-N.D.S


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