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Prop those pillows, slide on those slippers, and round up your refreshments because Washington Performing Arts is back with the third installment of A Night In: a multimedia “DIY” package of performance and culture that lets you, the viewer, create the perfect night of entertainment—whether viewing alone or with the whole family. Tonight, we are excited to feature tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain

Widely known for his ingenious blend of Indian musical traditions with contemporary styles, Zakir Hussain is nothing short of a legend in today’s modern world music movement, with diverse collaborations spanning artists such as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Mickey Hart, and John McLaughlin. Washington Performing Arts audiences have praised Hussain’s numerous D.C. appearances over the last decade, and we’re thrilled to keep it going in this new digital format. 

While we continue to practice social distancing, our commitment to spotlighting great art and arts education on our mainstage, in the community, and in the classroom remains as strong as ever. We invite you to explore Washington Performing Arts Home Delivery on our website for all of the latest and archived digital content—and look forward to early 2021 and the launch of Home Delivery Plus

Enjoy A Night In with Zakir Hussain, and share your evening with us by tagging Washington Performing Arts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Stay tuned for more from our team in your inbox, across our social media channels and on our website!

Watch Zakir Hussain’s personal greeting, just for the WPA family!

 For Your Night In

Zakir Hussain and renowned bassist Dave Holland perform together as Crosscurrents in a June 2018 edition of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. (The group appeared under WPA's auspices the previous month in a supercharged performance at Lisner Auditorium.) Let the collaboration get your evening going!

We sat down with Zakir Hussain to ask him a few burning questions—touching on broad and philosophical topics, and also getting in the weeds. Watch as we pick the tabla virtuoso’s brain!

In the Q&A video above, Zakir Hussain mentioned that his favorite food on tour is “the local food!” In this spirit, we recommend ordering from your favorite local establishment tonight! If you’re here in D.C., explore this great list from Eater.

 Something for Kids

Look here to find a variety of activities and resources for learners of all ages to engage with the arts in new ways.

Join Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist Wendy Lanxner and explore how you can make your own percussion instruments out of household materials! Creative juices flowing? Check out Part 2 (brass) and Part 3 (strings) of the Homemade Instruments series!

about some of the instruments of Indian music, then sing along as Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist Imani teaches a song in Hindi. Plus, check out the other videos in Imani’s three-part video residency on Indian culture and traditions!

 Keep Your Night Going

Your Night In doesn't have to end here! Washington Performing Arts has more content below—ready for you whenever you'd like.


Can you believe Zakir Hussain appears on not one, but TWO albums just this year? Listen to Is That So? and Best of Raag: Taal on Spotify.

Roll up those sleeves and practice a few beginning strokes for the tabla with this video. Don’t have a spare set of tabla drums sitting around? Find some DIY inspiration in the “Homemade Instruments” video farther up on this page, and try out the hand movements on a bucket, pot, or anything with a little bit of bounce to it!

 Thanks to Our Champions

Program Sponsor Statement

Zakir Hussain is a Champion of artistic excellence and education in the arts. We extend our deepest appreciation as he elevates our spirits and builds connection, especially in this extraordinary time.

Gordon and Lisa Rush initially supported Zakir Hussain’s much-anticipated performance this season, originally planned for April 24. They have continued their generous support and partnership as we work to bring the arts and arts education to you in new ways through this and other Home Delivery projects.

And now more than ever, YOU are our Champions. Your new gift, your sustained support, your ticket donation—every dollar counts in helping us to continue to realize our mission as we move toward the future. Champions come in all shapes and sizes: Every gift matters. Join us!

Be a Champion

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