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A percussionist is common in most Indian ensembles, but multiple drummers are rare. Tonight’s performance by the Masters of Percussion, however, features three: The headliner is tabla player Zakir Hussain, a master of traditional Indo-Pakistani forms and an enthusiastic explorer of the possibilities of world music. (He composed the opening fanfare for the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta.) He’s joined by versatile fellow tabla player Fazal Qureshi and Sivamani, who has adapted Indian styles to a Western drum kit. In addition, Sultan Khan will play the sarangi, a fretless bowed instrument with timbres similar to that of the human voice that some have deemed the most difficult instrument in the world. At 6 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Tawes Theatre, University Blvd. & Adelphi Rd., College Park. $20-100 (benefits the Association for India’s Development). (301) 513-0565. (Mark Jenkins)