As one of Indias leading percussive instruments, the tabla has played a vital role in shaping the presentation of Hindustani music and Kathak dance. Although conventionally, the tabla players were merely expected to provide rhythmic accompaniment, in recent times, the tabla players have had scope to play a more active and creative role. Thus lending a new dimension to the aesthetics of the overall presentation. As a result, today the tabla player is recognized as an integral part of a performance.
In this regard, the contribution made by Zakir Hussain, the internationally renowned tabla maestro, is indeed invaluable. In this performance, the inimitable master will showcase the versatility of tabla by presenting a solo as well as providing rhythmic accompaniment to bansuri, a bamboo flute of ancient origin. Rakesh Chaurasia is a prominent instrumentalist representing the younger generation of musicians who have had the exposure to world music.