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Trained in North Indian Classical drumming by the grand masters of tabla: Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Emam also studied the Delhi Gharana of tabla with the late Ustad Inam Ali Khan.
Since 1978, Emam has been traveling to India, almost yearly, spending much time there in pursuit of a greater understanding of the culture and the music. In 1991, he was awarded a scholarship for study of music in India by the American Institute of Indian Studies with funding from the Smithsonian Institute. Subsequently, he spent a year and a half in India, researching as well as producing music. The results were a book called "Delhi Gharana of Tabla (a Compositional Documentation)", as well as music albums which were released by Magnasound.
In performances, Emam brings together musicians from around the world to collaborate and create fresh new sounds based on traditional music from various cultures. This is also reflected in his recordings and compositions.
Since the early 80's, Emam has performed with great artists from around the world, such as (alphabetic order):
Ancient Future (world fusion ensemble)
Sikiru Adepoju (African drummer)
Piotr Baron (sax - Poland)
Latif Bolat (singer/instrumentalist - Turkey)
George Brooks (sax - USA)
Michael Carabello (original Santana percussionist)
Artur Dutkiewicz (piano - Poland)
Kai Eckhardt (bass - Germany/USA)
Nina Hagen (pop star - Germany)
Shabda Kahn (vocals - USA)
Habib Khan (sitar - India/USA)
Rupak Kulkarni (bansuri - India)
Zoltan Lantos (violin - Hungary)
Georges Lammam (violin - the Middle East/USA)
Manose (bansuri - Nepal/USA)
Irina Mikhailova (singer - Russian)
Deepak Ram (South African bansuri player)
Seattle Symphony with the original Frank Zappa Band
Mukesh Sharma (sarod player - India)
Suzanne Sterling (singer - USA)
Tam Tam Project (world fusion ensemble - Poland)
Kit Walker (keyboards - USA)
Tytus Wojnowicz (oboe - Poland)

Please see our Events Page for performance highlights.

Emam has produced all the albums released by his music label Eternal Music, a label dedicated to quality world music, established in 1989:

In addition, most of the music on Emam & Friends albums
as well as some of the music on Mahalakshmi & Emam albums
were composed by Emam.

Click here to listen to Emam's compositions
from various albums.

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