Ustad Zakir Hussain is the last of the great tabla players in Hindustani music, and the most eclectic in temperament. His father Ustad Allarakha Qureshi of the Punjab Gharana of tabla and pakhawaj playing of Mian Kader Baksh composed the music for 34 Hindi films to augment his meagre income as an accompanist in Bombay, from the late 1940s into the 1950s. He lived in a modest flat in Mahim, where he taught his sons Zakir, Fazal and Taufiq. Although all were talented, Zakir was blessed with t