Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain & Sitarist Niladri Kumar Coming March 22


Tabla master Zakir Hussain and sitarist Niladri Kumar will perform at the Kahilu Theatre on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7 pm. Ticket info below.

Zakir Hussain, the acknowledged master of the Indian tabla, and Niladri Kumar, the young star sitarist, are at the very top of their form, and together represent the very essence of music:  rhythm and melody.  Their every performance is an opportunity for transcendent flights of musical imagination grounded in one of the world’s great musical traditions, Northern Indian (“Hindustani”) classical music.  What Pandit Ravi Shankar and Hussain’s father Ustad Allarakha introduced to America in the 1950s and in particular at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and at Woodstock—a thousand-year-old tradition of matchless interaction between drummer and melody player—has passed to the best imaginable hands.  What they create is why people listen to music.

Blessed with a lineage of five generations of sitar players, Niladri Kumar is a world-renowned and global icon to reckon with. Under the guidance and numerous years of training from his father and guru Pandit Kartick Kumar, Niladri, after gaining an in-depth, profound, and sound understanding of Indian Classical Music, went on to revolutionize the style of sitar playing and further invent his own Instrument, the red electric sitar, which he coined as the Zitar. He is hailed as one of the serious exponents of Indian music and has an uncanny, prodigious style in making this music appealing to the youth and the masses at large.

If You Go

Tabla master Zakir Hussain and fifth generation sitar revolutionary Niladri Kumar will perform at the Kahilu Theatre, Friday, March 22 at 7 pm. Tickets are $65/$45/$25 and can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela.

Photo credit: Jim McGuire/Courtesy of Kahilu Theatre.


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