The Chan Centre welcomes back one of its most popular artists, Indian tabla (drum) performer Zakir Hussain, with Celtic Connections, a unique fusion of Indian and Celtic music. Long fascinated by the connection of his native country’s music to that of the Celtic people, this intercultural collaboration is like nothing you have seen (or heard) before.  Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Hussain will be accompanied by Irish musician John Joe Kelly on bodhrán, a shallow one-sided Irish drum played with a short wooden stick and an eclectic mix of other musicians playing everything from Scottish bagpipe to Indian bansuri (wooden flute).

2. Hussain’s nimble fingers were described by the New York Times as rivaling “the beat of a hummingbird’s wings”.

3. Hussain’s album Planet Drum, co-created and produced with The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, was the recipient of the first-ever Grammy award for Best World Music Album, and he was named Best Percussionist in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll in 2012.

4. Originally conceived through a commission by the Glasgow Celtic Music Festival in 2011, Celtic Connections received such a strong response that it went on to be performed as part of the London 2012 pre-Olympic performances.

5. It’s a great way to cap off Vancouver’s annual CelticFest currently underway in venues across the city.

Celtic Connections plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd, University of British Columbia) on Saturday, March 21.  Visit for tickets and information.