Film: The Colours of Sound (2020, Dir. Cecile Embleton)

Exploring movement, touch, imagination and love, this triptych of films reveals the sensorial world of three blind musicians and celebrates the resonating power of music.

Exploring movement, touch, imagination and love, this triptych of films reveals the sensorial world of three blind musicians and celebrates the resonating power of music. We meet Baluji, a charismatic sitarist whose musical talent propels him from rural India to London, where he founds Britain’s only blind orchestra, Inner Vision. Born blind, Japanese viola player, Takashi, is determined to transform his musical practice. Exploring movement in dance, and imagining colour, he brings dynamism to his music. British-Nigerian soprano, Victoria, woke up in blackness after an eye operation aged six, and began to see colour in sound. Embracing a new perception of her voice, she sings a powerful aria, revealing her unique syneasthetic vision. Celebrating the players musical heritage and extraordinary journeys, these playful, heartfelt films have survival, hope and creativity at their heart.

‘Baluji’ premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival in 2021, and was nominated for best short documentary.