2009

Zakir received a Grammy in the Best Contemporary World Music category for Global Drum Project, his group with Mickey Hart, Giovanni Hidalgo and Sikiru Adepoju. Four concerts at Carnegie Hall, featured in “Artist Perspective Series”

2003

Forms “Sangam” with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland

2009

Zakir received a Grammy in the Best Contemporary World Music category for Global Drum Project, his group with Mickey Hart, Giovanni Hidalgo and Sikiru Adepoju. Four concerts at Carnegie Hall, featured in “Artist Perspective Series”

2002

The recipient of countless honors, Zakir has received the titles of Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, in 1988, becoming the youngest percussionist to be awarded these, given to civilians of merit, by the Indian government.

1999

Zakir is the recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship, the United States’ most prestigious honor for a master in the traditional arts, presented by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United States Senate on September 28, 1999.

1998

“Remember Shakti” forms Zakir was commissioned to compose music for Alonso King’s Lines (for which he received an Isadora Duncan Award), and to compose and original work for the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

1996

The tabla duet becomes “Masters of Percussion” touring until the present. Zakir received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA.

1991

Planet Drum receives Grammy for Best World Music Recording Zakir was presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India, making him one of the youngest musicians to receive this recognition from India’s governing cultural institute.

1990

Zakir was awarded the Indo-American Award in recognition for his outstanding cultural contribution to relations between the United States and India

1987

Zakir’s first solo release, Making Music, was acclaimed as “one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever”
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