This artist is often credited as Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Ustad is an honorific given to performers of great talent and ability.
Zakir Hussain (Hindi: ज़ाकिर हुसैन, Urdu: ذاکِر حسین) (born 9 March 1951) is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. In 1999, he was awarded the United States National Endowment for the Arts's National Heritage Fellowship, the highest award given to traditional artists and musicians.