FRESH from collecting his Kyoto Prize for his contribution to international music, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain presses on with his latest effort, Triveni, a sell-out performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 14 Aug 2022, to celebrate the close cultural ties between Singapore and India on the occasion of India’s 75th year of Independence.
Presented by SIFAS Productions, Triveni brings together a trio of leading Indian classical musicians — Zakir Hussain, the world-famous tabla virtuoso, and celebrated maestros Kala Ramnath on violin and Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh on veena.
In this video interview, Zakir Hussain and Jayanthi Kumaresh talk about the concept behind Triveni and how the various elements came together.
Zakir Hussain, who has built a reputation as a pioneer of the world music movement, bridging various cultures and music genres using rhythm, also talks about the new ways of working as a result of the pandemic, and how a virtual concert and three albums were produced despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 management measures.
It was also a time for the Grammy award winner and educator to reflect on the past, and to listen to cassette tapes of lessons with his father, Ustad Allarakha, to gain fresh insight about the music he grew up with.