Ustad Zakir Hussain was born in Mahim, Mumbai on 9 March 1951. He is a legendary musician who is not only a composer but also a well-known percussionist, music producer, film actor and Indian tabla virtuoso through which he became popular worldwide. His father Ustad Allah Rakha the legendary master of Tabla had taught his son Zakir Pakhawvaj when he was 3 years old and also taught him to recite various important rhythms. Zakhir Hussain began to perform as a soloist quite young. He accompanied many Indian and western artists. He created a musical group called ‘Shakti’ which was a fusion group. This made them gain name and fame. After twenty years along with Shankar Mahadevan, the shakti group was made. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1988 and Padma Vibhushan in 2002. He was the youngest percussionist to receive these great laurels. He won the Grammy in the Contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album “Global Drum Project” along with Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo On 8 February 2009.
On 18 January 2017, San Francisco Jazz Centre gave Hussain a Lifetime Achievement Award.