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The man really needs no introduction. Indian classical music needs no introduction. And in that respect, the tabla needs no introduction. So, with a dhin, a dha and a ta, let’s come straight to the point. Also Read - Soaring Popularity: Twitter Records 6.1 Billion K-Pop Related Tweets in Last 12 Months

Accompanied by acclaimed violinist Kumaresh Rajagopalan and the equally renowned vainika Jayanthi Kumaresh, India’s and the world’s foremost tabla artist Zakir Hussain is scheduled to perform live from 8 pm onwards on October 1, at the Flato Markham Theatre. Also Read - Shubho Mahalaya Amavasya 2020: Wishes, Quotes, And Messages to Share With Your Friends And Family

Presented by National Bank in association with the Small World Music Festival, this concert is part of a 2-day, 2-event extravaganza, along with Zakir in Conversation –  a salon style evening of stories and musical insights, scheduled from 8 pm on September 30 at the Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St., Markham. Also Read - Vishwakarma Puja 2020: Do's & Don't of Vishwakarma Puja, Here's How You Can Save Your Business From Incuring Big Loss

The Weekly Voice caught up with Zakir for a brief tete-a-tete this week.

How do you find the audiences here as compared to those in India as well as across the world?

Indian music is being performed here since the last 60 years and gradually it has developed a well-informed audience. Given the availability of artists’ info and recordings on digital media, the audience is aware of what they are coming to hear and see, so it is like playing for an Indian audience.

How many performances do you do every year?

Approximately 120 shows every year

On September 30th you have an event -Zakir Hussain in Conversation – lined up. What’s it all about?

Audiences across the world have seen me perform regularly but I have not had the opportunity to share with them my inner thoughts about the music, about studying with my guru, my way of life as a musician etc. This event will allow me to share this part of myself with the audience and perhaps give them some insights into what makes a musician (more importantly me) tick.

Do you see youngsters here in Canada taking up the tabla as a vocation? What would be your advice to them?

There are many young and very talented students of tabla in Canada and even across the world. It is most certainly possible for them to become professional performers these days with proper education and regular shows and practice. Of course, most times it is difficult to find time to focus on the music so I would say that they should first and foremost not view practice as a chore that they must plough through. Their connection to the music must be an experience of joy, love and an exciting friendship with their art. That should make it easier to find a way through.

Venue: Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham.

For Tickets ($100) that includes both events on September 30 & October 1, call 905 305 7469. For more information visit

Photo: Susana Millman

This story originally appeared on The Weekly Voice.