I am not torchbearer of Indian classical music: Zakir Hussain

Zakhir HUssain

Despite a career spanning across over almost half a century, Hussain likes to call himself just a drummer.

"What celebrity status, I think I am just a drummer. There are so many talented artists around here," he said.

Hussain now stays in San Francisco but he keeps visiting India every year.

"Every winter I am here sometimes for two or four months. These are my roots, this is where I feel I must come to grow and learn as an artist. I must always come back to the guru to learn and grow more as a musician. There is no question of going anywhere and forgetting where I came from because that would be like losing my identity," he said.

"The plan is to always have a plug into my past, where I am from. And how deep that is and having that gave me confidence to be able to expand. I am confident that I have something (music) that is backing me and that is always there for me... so that I can explore more, learn and grow more as an artiste and as a musician," he said.

Hussain has associated his label 'Moment Records' with Times Music to launch a rich collection of music in India. 'Moments Records' is managed by Hussain and his wife Antonia Minnecola and it hosts a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists and albums.

In addition to Hussain's own classical and fusion recordings, the catalogue boasts of recordings of music stalwart like Pt Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Jasraj, Pt Shivkumar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, noted classical singer Girija Devi among others.

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