Four Nights of Lasting Memories with Zakir Hussain at the SF Jazz Festival

Help us film tabla legend Zakir Hussain over 4 nights at the SF Jazz Festival and produce high quality DVDs including exclusive behind-the-scenes content!
Anisa Qureshi
San Francisco, California
United States
3 Team Members

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This March, over four nights, during the much-anticipated inaugural season of their new center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival will feature a special series showcasing tabla master/ percussionist/ composer Zakir Hussain. Each of the shows will be a special evening celebrating the ground-breaking, genre-bending collaborations of a musician the NY Times has called "a living genius".
(For more information on Zakir Hussain, scroll down to the bottom or visit

Our goal is to film the SF Jazz series with Zakir Hussain and produce a top quality DVD of the shows! We need your help!


The SF Jazz shows bring a dazzling group of musicians together for the first time, over 4 nights, in Zakir’s hometown AND during his birthday week. Each of these nights would be a headliner on its own but together it’s a rare mini-festival of seriously awesome music with artists such as Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Redman, Eric Harland, Steve Smith, Giovanni Hidalgo and more.

Very few of Zakir's thousands of concerts have ever been professionally filmed and YouTube is full of pirated videos with poor sound and video quality. We will have an expert video crew on board to professionally capture the moments. 

For concert information go to

Zakir Hussain with some of his collaborators


This project is a tribute to YOU - the people who love music, love Zakir Hussain and love supporting artists who are pushing boundaries and are the best at what they do! Please contribute what ever you can to help us share these historical concerts with YOU! We have many fun perks and gifts to offer in return for your support and generosity - ranging from autographed copies of the DVD, to credit on the DVD and even dinner with the man himself! Become a Benefactor today and don't miss out!

If we exceed our goal...

Pictures showing Zakir Hussain's unbridled joy when with the Tabla

Could Zakir be filming a commercial in Japan? Playing for 40,000 people in Siberia? Well that was 2012 and 2013 promises to be even better! If we exceed our goal we will continue filming behind-the-scenes and concert footage to be shared with YOU, through Zakir’s new Youtube channel. We will produce more DVD’s and eventually make a documentary on the Man himself.


Do you have everyone in the world’s email? We don’t either, but together who knows what we can do! If you can’t be a benefactor, YOU can still be a FAN and help by spreading the word. Zakir has touched people all over the world and we need your help to reach them. If YOU can share this campaign with your community of friends, family and co-workers and encourage them to do the same then YOU are ROCKING it as a FAN! We are touched by your support and inspired to keep Tabla – ing ON! Use the following link: and Tweet it, Facebook it, +1 it and FAN it up! 
Thanks for spreading the word!

Zakir Hussain...

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. The recipient of many awards and honors, Zakir has received two Grammy awards for Best Contemporary World Music Album, Winner Best Drummer 2012 of the Downbeat Critics' Poll, Winner of Hello! Magazine’s Global Icon of the Year 2012, he is considered one of the world’s greatest musicians, a drummer who has defined the contemporary world music movement and a living legend among India’s classical musicians.

Whether playing for National Jazz Day at the United Nations, composing a concerto for the National Symphony Orchestra, jamming with Herbie Hancock and Santana at the Hollywood Bowl, teaching ethnomusicology at Princeton or selling out 5 nights at Carnegie Hall, his virtuosity shatters genre lines and inspires audiences the world over. 

Zakir Hussain with his favorite drums


Anisa Qureshi has worked in the film industry for over ten years, producing five feature films, commercials and short films as well as promotional videos about Zakir Hussain and his Masters of Percussion Tour. She is also his daughter.

Taylor Phillips has worked in various capacities on over forty feature films and television shows over the past thirteen years, defining himself as an indispensible asset to any production. He has been following Zakir Hussain’s life and work for over eight years.

Saikiran Madhusudhan is a Technical Marketing Engineer in the computer chip industry with interests in writing and web-designing. He is also an aspiring tabla player and thinks the world of Zakir Hussain.

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This campaign ended on February 18, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Our gratitude

    Receive a special 'Thank You' from Zakir Hussain on his Facebook page. Make sure you like his page first at

    14 claimed
  • $25USD
    This is your Moment!

    Download an entire album from Zakir Hussain's own label, Moment Records! What's better than a picture of the legend? An autographed picture of the legend! Receive one by email. Also includes the $10 perk.

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $50USD
    Own it!

    You reap what you sow! Receive your very own copy of the finished DVD and share in our lasting memories!

    102 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $75USD
    An in-poster

    Receive a cool poster autographed by Zakir Hussain himself and your very own copy of the DVD of the shows!

    30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $100USD
    Own it +

    Receive your own copy of a DVD of the shows! Also receive everything in the $25 perk.

    65 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $250USD
    Wear it and own it!

    Receive a sweet Zakir Hussain T-shirt to up your tabla swag! Also, everything in the $100 perk!

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $500USD
    The shout-out

    Receive your very own copy of the finished DVD AUTOGRAPHED! Also, everything from the $100 perk! You will also receive a personal shout-out on Twitter @ZakirHtabla (make sure to follow Zakir on Twitter :)

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $1,000USD
    The Meet and Tweet

    Receive the $500 perks and.... Ever wondered what it's like backstage with Zakir Hussain? Wonder no more! This perk will get you and a friend on the guest list. Remember to give us 3 weeks advance notice before the show and we will make sure you are on the list. Go to to choose your concert date.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $2,500USD

    Receive the $500 perks and.... Complete your VIP experience with two tickets and backstage passes to a Zakir Hussain concert near you! Remember to give us 3 weeks advance notice before the show and we will make sure you are on the list. Go to to choose your concert date.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Tabla therapy

    Facetime or Skype with Zakir for 15 mins. Yeah, you read that right! Also, receive everything from the $2500 perk.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $10,000USD
    The Meet and Eat

    The ULTIMATE experience! Have dinner with Zakir when he is in your neighborhood (restrictions apply) AND receive everything from the $2500 perk.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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