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Music Club: Wednesday 18 March 2015 (7 pm)

Two Separate Classical Indian Music Concerts:
1) Zakir Hussain (Tabla) (1 hr 15 min) at Fourviere
2) Hariprasad Chaurasia  (Indian Bamboo Flute: Bansuri) (52 min) in Nancy (Salle Poirel 2010) 


Zakir Hussain(adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)
Click Here for a lovely Tabla Solo
Zakir Hussain (1951) is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. In 1999, he was awarded the United States National Endowment for the Arts's National Heritage Fellowship, the highest award given to traditional artists and musicians. Zakir is well known for his fusion work with John McLaughlin in a group called Shakti who performed in Beiteddine in the late 90s. This concert is totally Indian.
Zakir is the son of Allah Rakkah one of the best Tabla players India has ever produced. Allah Rakkah was the Tabla player of Ravi Shankar for the longest time (and performed with him in AUB in the 70s, twice). Hussain was a child prodigy, and was touring by the age of eleven. He went to the United States in 1970, beginning his international career which includes more than 150 concert dates a year. Hussain is a founding member of Bill Laswell's 'World Music Supergroup' Tabla Beat Science.
Pundit Hariprasad Chaurasia (adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)
Click Here for a lovely clip by Chaurasia
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938) is an Indian classical flautist. He plays in the North Indian tradition. He was born in Allahabad in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His father was a wrestler. His mother died when he was 6. He had to learn music without his father's knowledge, for his father wanted him to become a wrestler. He did go to the Akhada and train with his father for some time, although he also started learning music and practicing at his friend's house. He often credits his wrestling training for giving him the immense stamina and lung power that are the hallmarks of his flute playing, stating that, "I was not any good at wrestling. I went there only to please my father. But maybe because of the strength and stamina I built up then, I'm able to play the bansuri even to this day."
Hariprasad Chaurasia started learning vocal music from his neighbor, Pandit Rajaram, at the age of 15. Later, he switched to playing the flute under the tutelage of Pandit Bholanath Prasanna of Varanasi for eight years. He joined the All India Radio, Cuttack, Odisha in 1957 and worked as a composer and performer. Much later, while working for All India Radio, he received guidance from the reclusive Annapurna Devi, daughter of Baba Allaudin Khan. She only agreed to teach him if he switched from right-handed to left-handed playing. Another version is that she only agreed to teach him after he (of his own) took the decision to switch from right-handed to left-handed playing to show her his commitment. In any case Hariprasad Chaurasia plays left-handed to this day.
Apart from classical music, he has made a mark as a music director for Indian films along with Shivkumar Sharma, forming a group called Shiv-Hari. He has collaborated with world musicians in experimental cross-cultural performances, including the fusion group Shakti.
He serves as the artistic director of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands. He was also the founder of the Vrindavan Gurukul in Mumbai (opened 2006) and Vrindavan Gurukul in Bhubaneshwar (opened 2010). Both of these institutes are schools dedicated to training students in Hindustani Bansuri in the Guru-shishya tradition. As a Guru, he has produced many noted disciples including his nephew Rakesh Chaurasia, Rupak Kulkarni, Vivek Sonar, Sameer Rao, Jay Gandhi, Santosh Sant and Himanshu Nanda.
He has collaborated with several western musicians, including John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, and Ken Lauber, and has composed music for Indian films. He has performed throughout the world, winning acclaim from varied audiences and fellow musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Chaurasia also played on The Beatles' 1968 B-side "The Inner Light", which was written by George Harrison.

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