Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

One of the world’s greatest percussionists, tabla legend Zakir Hussain joins forces with the young sitar maverick Niladri Kumar for an extraordinary evening of Indian classical music.

A masterful improviser and classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir’s brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in India, and brought him worldwide admiration through his historic collaborations with the likes of the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, John McLaughlin, Pharoah Sanders, Charles Lloyd, Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck.  He will be joined by Niladri Kumar a 5th generation sitar player who made his first public performance at the age of 6. Niladri is known for his deep knowledge of the classical repertoire while infusing innovative new sounds and ideas to the ancient tradition—including creating the electric zitar.

Together for only the second time in New York, they will perform an unforgettable evening based on one of the world’s most fascinating and sophisticated musical styles.

This concert marks the opening event of The India Center Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and celebration of Indian culture as well as the exploration of India’s place in the world and relationship with the United States. For more information please visit