Welcome to the Path of Rhythm

The rhythm tradition of India is ancient, profound, and alive in the hands of Zakir Hussain, the consensus master tabla player of our time.  His father, Allarakha, partnered with Ravi Shankar in the 1960s to introduce America to classical Indian music, and Hussain has become the bridge that has connected the Indian tradition with Western music.


“I want to share with the participants the fundamental connection of the rhythmic tradition of India and how it connects to the Western tradition; there is a particular DNA connection between drummers, in which we are all the same. So that Allarakha and Max Roach, Hamza El-Din, Olatunji, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams are all part of the progression, part of the path. Even the gods Ganesh and Shiva, who are thought to be responsible for the art form, will be part of our work.”

— Zakir Hussain