Baluji Shrivastav OBE - Indian Classical music at the Harwich Festival
Baluji Shrivastav OBE
26 Jun 2022, 1pm
Baluji Shrivastav OBE is one of the greatest instrumentalists India has produced excelling in sitar, surbahar, dilruba, pakhavaj and tabla. The outstanding characteristic of Baluji's musical career is his versatility. His ability to concentrate on sound as his primary mode of interaction with the world has enriched his musicality and his courageous attitude to life is reflected in his approach to music. Firmly established in the Hindustani classical tradition he delights in exploring music in all it forms recently entertaining the world at the closing ceremony of 2012 Paralympic Games with Chris Martin and Coldplay. He composes for film, dance, theatre and original works for Western orchestra and Indian ensembles. He is "sitarist to the stars" - Evening Standard - recording with Massive Attack, Madness, Doves, Amorphous Androgynous, Shakira, Malu and performing with great artists such as Stevie Wonder He has his own Jazz ensemble Jazz Orient/Re-Orient and has recorded several albums. He has composed for sitar and orchestra, and an Urdu Opera - a world-first - with Golden Globe and Oscar award-winning composer Dario Marianelli. He established the Baluji Music Foundation in 2008 to recognise and support blind musicians and founded the Inner Vision Orchestra. For his services to music, Baluji was awarded the OBE in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honour's List. In 2017 Times Group India awarded him NRI of the year for Art and Culture and in 2019 he received the prestigious Hind Rattan Award from the Indian Government.