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DNMUM405495 | 1/14/2018 | Author : Yogesh Pawar | WC :873

Author Nasreen Munni Kabir’s latest book Zakir Hussain -- A Life in Music was released at a special Tata Literature Live event. Yogesh Pawar caught up with the maestro just before the release to discuss the book, his life and his music among other things...

You’re continuously on the concert circuit, often unavailable for comment/interviews. How did this book Zakir Hussain - A Life in Music then take form?
The credit for this should go to Nasreen Munni Kabir. She has brought out books on Javed Akhtar, Lata Mangeshkar, Waheeda Rehman and many other leading legends. When she approached me, I hesitated about opening up to this extent about my life. But she was persistent and worked around my schedule to speak to me.
So was all of it extended conversation?
Not all of it. Often our timings wouldn’t match. She’d then build a thread of questions around a thought, mail them to me, and I’d then mail back the responses. To her and the publisher’s credit, they didn’t change
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