Original composition: An Indian in London
Contemporary compositions by Baluji Shrivastav OBE and transcribed by Dario Marinelli expressing the experience of immigration through music
An Indian in London for sitar and string orchestra. Contemporary compositions by Baluji Shrivastav and transcribed by Dario Marinelli. Commissioned by The Indian In London Festival supported by Arts Council England. Premiered at Union Chapel Islington London, performed live at the Purcell rooms, Southbank Centre with the National Youth Orchestra as part of the Alchemy Festival conducted by Charles Hazlewood. Recorded with the Catalunyna orchestra.
This expresses the experience of immigration through music. It is a valuable addition to the understanding of the hopes and fears of the swathes of humanity who have left their homeland to find a better life elsewhere. It follows the journey from India to the streets of London depicting the mixed emotions felt on the way. It depicts Baluji’s immigrant experience in London, including his first drink in a pub (complete with slot machine sounds).