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CITI NCPA Aadi-Anant Festival

Indian Classical | Hindi | Age 7+


Zakir Hussain (tabla), Ananth Krishnan (mridangam), Shikhar Naad Qureshi (djembe) & students of Ustad Allarakha Institute of Music (tabla & Jodi pakhawaj) with Sabir Khan (sarangi)


In this recital, the repertoire and the idiom of Punjab Gharana tabla, as envisioned by the inimitable maestro Allarakha (1919-2000), will be presented on three percussion instruments: tabla, Jodi pakhawaj, and djembe, by the representatives of two generations.  
The name of Alla Rakha’s son and disciple, Zakir Hussain, is synonymous with the tabla today.  His virtuosic musicianship has helped raise the profile of the instrument to the highest international level. 

The second generation is represented by Shikhar,  Allarakha’s grandson, who carries forward the idea established by his father and Guru, Taufiq Qureshi, of expressing the tabla repertoire on djembe, a drum of African origin.  
The second generation will also be represented by six students of Ustad Allarakha Institute of Music, being trained by Fazal Qureshi, the second son, and disciple of the grand master. Besides tabla, the presentation will include Jodi pakhawaj, an upright pair of drums also associated with the Punjab region.  

The event will also include recitation of traditional repertoire (padhant), highlighting the significance of the tabla mnemonics (bols) in composing and formation of a sophisticated language of tabla.

Anantha Krishnan is young mridangam player who is a disciple and grandson of legendary mridangam player Palghat Raghu. 

The melodic framework is provided by Sabir Khan, the son, and disciple of the iconic sarangi exponent, Sultan Khan.  



  • Age limit: 7+.
  • Late entry will not be permitted.
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • Children below six years including babies in arms not admitted.
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  • Cameras, handbags, bottles, cans or tins are not allowed inside the venue. The use of audio or video equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • No food or beverage is permitted in the auditorium.
  • The ncpa does not take responsibility for the loss or theft of any personal belongings or any injury that the ticket holder may incur at the event.
  • The event is subject to change and also governed by force majeure conditions.
  • The starting time of the event for which the ticket was bought may change without any prior intimation.
  • As per the discretion of the ncpa management, late entry for classical concerts will only be permitted in breaks between movements or pieces as indicated by ncpa users.
  • The ticket may be bought from an authorized point of sale.
  • The consumption of alcohol and other banned substances is strictly prohibited.
  • All pagers and cell phones must be switched off inside the venue once the performance commences.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited.
  • In case of event cancellation, only the ticket price may be refunded. The service charge or any other charges paid for
  • and included in the ticket sale, such as convenience charge or delivery charge will not be refunded.
  • Parking facilities are available at owner’s own risk.
  • No photography through mobile phone is permitted.

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