Ustad Zakir Hussain’s statement

Ray with Zakir Husain, August 2015

Ray with guru Ustad Zakir Hussain, August 2015

I recommend that anyone of any level in tabla who is interested in the Punjab Gharana should learn from Ray Spiegel.”

“Very few people have spent the amount of time with Abbaji (Ustad Alla Rakha) that Ray has.  He was very close to him for over two decades and was one of his most devoted and prized pupils.  Ray’s willingness to share his extensive archive of my father’s teachings preserves and honors his legacy.”   Ustad Zakir Hussain



Ustad Alla Rakha with Ray Spiegel, New York, September 1988

Ustad Alla Rakha with Ray Spiegel, New York, September 1988.  Photo © Ira Landgarten


Ray became a student of Ustad Zakir Hussain in 1973 at the Ali Akbar College of Music and went on to study privately with him for many years. He joined the Tal Vadya Rhythm Band, a class band at the college led by Zakirji, which became the Diga Rhythm Band (with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead) of later fame.  He also was a principal player in Zakirji’s follow up release, “Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience” and has joined Zakirji in many concerts.  


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