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Author : Sandhya Rao
Illustrator : Priya Kuriyan
The very first words Zakir hears from his famous father, Allarakha, are bols — rhythms played out on tablas! From then on, bols sing and dance in his head, on Amma’s cheeks, on the pots and pans in the kitchen… Sandhya Rao follows these beats, stringing together little vignettes from his life. From a childhood around music to the highs of a performer who took the tabla to the world, this joyous story introduces children to a musical genius, whose busy fingers and flying curls make him the inimitable Zakir Hussain. Illustrator Priya Kuriyan’s fingers add their own magic. Selected for the Tata Trust's Parag Honour List 2021
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|Specifications||32 pages; 9.5” x 8.5”; portrait; full colour; soft cover|
A wholesome and realistic character
The book follows Hussain’s love for music – from the first words he hears (his father’s bols) to the constant drumming of his hands against everything he sees. Author Sandhya Rao traces Hussain’s relationship beautifully, following the beats of his life and using them to draw together different instances from his upbringing and childhood. The story is engaging and Hussain’s image is captured in all its glory by illustrator Priya Kuriyan’s use of fine lines and subtle yet vibrant colours. mocomi.com
The author has made sure to keep the story crisp and to the point with some amazing incidents from Zakir ‘s life… The pictures are eye catching and filled with energy and add a spark to the story. A book worth adorning your book shelf with. Encourage kids to read about real heroes. Akanksha Datta
Has potential to open up new worlds to younger ones
Zakir Hussain for me, and many like me, demystified tabla. This book walks in the same direction; it demystifies him… Few books blow you away with their cover. Fewer manage to retain that impression even after you have the book in your hands and have put time with it. This is one such book. Images bring out his hair, mischievousness and are fun. Nimesh Ved
Tracing the life of Zakir Hussain
In her new book for children, Zakir and His Tabla (Tulika), Chennai-based author Sandhya Rao traces Zakir Hussain’s childhood. As Priya Kurian’s accompanying illustrations go to show, there are two things that have remained constant in Hussain’s life: the tabla, and his messy crown of curls. The Hindu