Prominent Indian Musician Cancels Israel Appearance

Zakir Hussain, considered one of the world's most influential Indian musicians, cancels planned concerts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, citing security concerns.

Zakir Hussain, an internationally known tabla (hand drum) player, who is considered one of the world's most influential Indian musicians, has canceled planned appearances in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv scheduled for July.

The reason given was fear for the personal security of Hussain and his musicians, due to tension in the region.

"He encountered strong objections to his visit to Israel, which manifested themselves in personal requests and an Internet petition that garnered signatures from more than 85 Indian artists," his managers said.

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