Zakir Hussain får inte som han vill med volymen på en konsert med Ravi Shankar i Mumbai, rapporterar S Balakrishnan i Times of India:
Sitar maestro pandit Ravi Shankar has accused tabla whiz ustad Zakir Hussain of “unprofessional and immature” conduct while performing with him at Shanmukhananda Hall here on Saturday evening.
In front of a shocked audience of 3,000-odd music lovers, Zakir Hussain had yanked the microphone from its stand in front of his tablas in the middle of the concert.
Panditji was playing Maaj Khamaaj at the time. Hussain was upset with the quality of the tabla sound. He had indicated to the sound technician that the volume of his microphone should be adjusted, but apparently this was not done.
Zakir’s act upset the audience since it could only hear Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka. They kept up a steady chant of “We want tabla!”, following which Zakir put the microphone back in its place and continued playing.
Ravi Shankar (86) said he was shocked by Zakir’s behaviour. ”I have known him since he was a kid. I did not expect this from him.”
Och så vidare.
Visst är det beklämmande?
Alltså att det var Ravi Shankar som flyttade fram tablaspelarens position på scen och i det musikaliska rummet. Att det var Ravi Shankar som först lät Zakir Hussains far, Alla Rakha, ta plats. Säkert med de bästa intentioner – och så gick det så här.