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The professional music performance by Pandit Ravishankar, Shri Ananda Shankar and Zakir Hussain, accompanied by two other musicians in the background was one of the main attractions of the cultural festival in 1983. Shri Zakir Hussain also performed in professional shows in subsequent years, accompanying other renowned musicians (such as L. Shankar, Vikku Vinyakram and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma) during Mardi Gras ‘88 and ‘92.
Ustad Zakir Hussain (born in 1951) has been considered as one of the most famous tabla players in India during the post-independence era. He has performed with several talented musicians, over the years, not just in India but across the world. He was the son of Ustad Allah Rakha, a renowned tabla player. He was considered to be a child prodigy and began touring to perform at concerts by the time he was twelve years old. He completed his PhD from University of Washington, where he obtained a doctorate in music.