Acclaimed Indian tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain received the prestigious Aga Khan Music Award in the Lifetime Achievement category for his lasting contribution to the musical tradition of humanity at a ceremony in Muscat, Oman.
Prince Amin presented the special award to Aga Khan Zakir Hussain on Saturday night as he said the true impact of the Aga Khan Music Awards will be measured by the achievements of a winner like Zakir Hussain.
According to the award citation, the award was given for her unparalleled musical prowess and sustained social impact as a performer and teacher.
Such a maestro strives to contribute his musical talent and knowledge to the welfare of his society and humanity at large, Prince said.
“The gift of artistic talent obliges those who receive it to share their good fortune with others, to unite us despite our many apparent differences,” he said.
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Prince Amin emphasized the important role of music awards in supporting music educators.
“By educating young people in their own musical traditions and providing the tools to expand those traditions in new cosmic directions, we are helping to create a new generation of cultural leaders who will build bridges and connections between cultures,” he said.
Prince Amin’s speech was preceded by remarks by Dr. Jamal Al-Mousavi, Director of the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman.
Dr. Al-Musawi noted that hosting the second edition of the Aga Khan Music Awards is in line with the Sultan’s desire to build bridges of communication and cooperation between countries and cultures.
The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra joined the Aga Khan Master Musicians (AKMM), the Aga Khan Music Program’s resident group, in a thrilling performance of “Tashkhand,” composed by AKMM saxophonist Bassel Rajoub and orchestrated by Dmitri Yanov. Yanovsky.
Meanwhile, Ustad Zakir Hussain enthralled the audience with his mesmerizing performance at the House of Musical Arts, Royal Opera House, Muscat on Saturday night.
He performed solo with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in a 2015 performance of Peshkar, a concerto for tabla and orchestra composed by Zakir Hussain under the baton of maestro Hamdan Al Shaili.
Apart from Ustad Zakir Hussain, other laureates who have performed live or featured in short films include India’s sareengi players Dilshad Khan and Asin Khan Langa; Tanzanian praise singer Yahya Hussein Abdullah; Coumbane Bint Ely Warakane, a hereditary griot from Mauritania; singer and guitarist Afel Bocoum, from Mali; Bhakta singer Sain Zahoor and “Queen of Pashtun folk music” from Jarsanga, Pakistan; and music researcher Musallam al-Kathiri, from the Sultanate of Oman.
The Music Awards will continue for a second day on Sunday with more acts, films and award presentations.
The triennial awards, established by the Aga Khan in 2018, recognize exceptional creativity, commitment and initiative in music in societies around the world where Muslims have a significant presence.
Award winners and recipients of a Special Mention will share an award fund of $500,000 as well as professional development opportunities.
2022 Aga Khan Music Awards Winners List:
Afel Bokum (Gardener)
Singer and guitarist from Niafunke, Mali, whose music combines acoustic guitar with local instruments to echo the sounds of “desert blues” in an earthy, heritage-based style.
Asin Khan Langa (India)
Sarangi is a sarangi player, singer, composer and community activist from the hereditary Langa musical community of Rajasthan, who performs Sufi poetry in traditional and newly composed tunes.
Koumbane Mint Elle Warakane (Mauritania)
Singer and ardin (harp) player from Trarza in southwestern Mauritania, who performs Mauritanian griot music in a deeply traditional style.
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Dawood Khan Sadozai (Afghanistan)
A leading exponent of Afghan rubab who has had a major impact on the preservation, development and dissemination of Afghan music worldwide.
Penny Candra Rini (Indonesia)
Indonesian composer, improviser, vocalist and educator whose knowledge of traditional Indonesian performing arts informs his creation of new works produced globally.
Soumik Dutta (UK)
Sarod musician who fuses his training in Hindustani classical music with pop, rock, electronica and film soundtracks to raise awareness of pressing social issues including climate change, refugees and mental health.
Yahya Hossain Abdullah (Tanzania)
Devotional singer and composer and Quran reciter from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who composes and sings in Swahili as well as 126 local languages of Tanzania.
Yasmin Shahhosseini (Iran)
A leading young master of oud who is reimagining the instrument’s place in Iranian music through his innovative compositions and improvisations.
Singer of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, known as the Queen of Pashtun Folklore for her career-long dedication to the orally transmitted traditional music of the tribal Pashtuns.
Dilshad Khan (India)
A tenth-generation sarangi player of Rajasthani lineage who is expanding the sarangi language through film music and innovative cross-cultural collaborative projects.
Golshan Ensemble (Iran)
Four women who perform Iranian traditional music with contemporary sounds and are active as teachers, with a special focus on transmitting their musical heritage to girls and women.
Sain Jahoor (Pakistan)
Punjabi musicians with a lifelong practice of singing Sufi poetry at local shrines and festivals, often accompanied by ecstatic dancing.
Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi and Mahur Institute (Iran)
Mahur is the founder and longtime director of the Institute of Culture and Arts, who has made significant contributions to the development of Iranian music and musicology.
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Zulkifli and Buram (Aceh, Indonesia)
Revivalists of Acehnese singing traditions who have built community among youth through their participation in Buram, a traditional singing and drumming ensemble founded by Zulkifli.