North Indian Classical Musician,
Composer & Educationalist


Hind Rattan Award - 2019

The Hind Rattan Award I accepted from the 38th International Congress of NRIs, New Delhi, 2019. The award was received for Outstanding services, Achievements and Contributions. 

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London Festival of Strings

Baluji Shrivastav at the London Strings Festival.

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Working with British Paraorchestra Towards Harmony

An inspiring film about the important work of British Paraorchestra bringing top quality music played musicians who are differently abled.

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Braille Music Trailer

Braille Music is the subject of a new documentary directed by American film-maker Michael House. It features six blind musicians who come together to record a tribute to Louis Braille.

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Baluji visiting the visually-impaired steelpan group

Baluji visited the visually-impaired steelpan group in Ealing on 8th May, 2017.

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Baluji Shrivastav introduces Indian Music to Mexican Students

Baluji Shrivastav introduces Indian Music to Mexican Students in Oaxaca Mexico in the village of pottery makers called Santa Maria Atzompa where his wife lived and worked many years ago. The children had never met anyone from India before or heard Indian music before, so it was a wonderful experience for everyone.

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Baluji Shrivastav OBE performing at the London Fashion Week for Ashish

An intoxicating performance - Vogue

Ashish Gupta exotic catwalk complete with snake and sitar at London Fashion Week...

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Brilliant Sitar and Oud duet

Two maestros meet, sit down together, and create the most stunning music out of the ether! Baluji first met Joseph in Perth, Australia in 2005. They have not met again till August 2016. Hopefully they will perform in public together one day!


The fashionist crowd went beserk at the end of Baluji s enchanting spellbinding vocal and sitar accompaniment to Ashish s stunning new collection on the catwalk...

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A view of Sitar/Guitar Suites by Baluji Shrivastav

This is a contemporary work commissioned by eminent guitarist Timothy Walker who wants to extend the available repertoire for the guitar to reflect different cultural influences. He first met Baluji when they worked together on a project by Sarah Walker. The work was performed at the Purcell Rooms and Leeds College of Music. It will soon be going on tour again, featuring  Boo-Boo who is talented graduate of Timothy Walker originating from Indonesia.

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Path of Time by Linda Shanson accompanied by Baluji & James at St. George Church London

This is a film by Oscar Castellino celebrating the moving music produced by Linda, Baluji and James Welland who often work together to create powerful original works. This was a fundraising concert to support disabled young music students.

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Misbehaving Ain\\\'t Misbehaving

Baluji and James Welland improvise a unique version of the Jazz Classic with piano and Indian folk drum called Naal.

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Jazz with James

Baluji and James Welland are having fun exploring rhythmic patterns on piano and tabla.

Performing at The Wigmore Hall London

Baluji was performing an improvised work at the Wigmore Hall London

Archive of Images of Indian Musicians

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How to use a selfie without seeing!

Baluji and Boo-boo rehearsing Balujis Sitar Guitar Suites

A photo of Baluji rehearsing his Sitar Guitar Suites at home with guitarist Boo-boo Sianturi.  

Photo taken by Oscar Dom Victor Castellino

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Geranium Day Busking in Covent Garden 20 May 16

Baluji Shrivastav was joined by members of his Inner Vision Orchestra on Friday 20th May 2016, to busk in Covent Garden in order to raise money for Baluji Music Foundation on Geranium Day - a fundraising day organised by the Greater London Fund for the Blind.

The musicians were given a complimentary lunch by Wagamama, and tea and snacks by The Punjab Restaurant in Covent Garden.

Passers by were entertained by the ensemble featuring voice, table, violin, harmonica and guitar.  The busking raised lots of money and spread the word about this great cause!

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Sayani Palit singing for Baluji in Radio BongOnets Studios in Kolkata

As part of the research and development tour that took place in January and February 2016 when Baluji was looking for outstanding blind musicians from different regions of India, he met the wonderful Sayani who is an accomplished Indian classical singer.

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Glimpse of Liberty Festival

Going up on to the stage at Liberty Festival 2015, in our ponchos for the rain!

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London Without Limits

I really enjoyed bringing our Inner Vision Quartet to perform at Borough Market-especially the food afterwards!

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Parveen singing Sohini

Baluji teaching pining Sohini to Parveen for their performance of Sohini & Mahival at Alchemy 2015, part of the Southbank Centre\'s Festival

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BBC World Service Interview - Sitar Star Baluji Shrivastav: Why can\'t we sing Urdu Opera?

He has played with Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and Massive Attack. Now, the blind Indian sitar player Baluji Shrivastav wants to stage the first Urdu language opera.

BBC World Service interview Baluji about his new Urdu Opera Sohini and Mahival which is appearing at The Southbank Centres Alchemy festival.
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Baluji Shrivastav & Baldev Singh at New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Footage from Baluji on sitar and Baldev on tabla at the New Wolsey Theatre

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Seasons Greetings!

A special message of good cheer to all music lovers. We hope you will enjoy more concerts with us in the coming year.

Watch the special song from Baluji to get into the Christmas spirit.

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Appreciation of Baluji and his achievements

Introduction at sell out concert at Burgh House of Classical Indian maestro on his birthday.

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Inner Vision Orchestra on BBC News

An interview and a performance at BBC News by a group of musicians from around the world who are promoting one message: that the power of music can transform lives. They also have one other thing in common - all members of the Inner Vision Orchestra are blind or partially sighted. Led by sitar maestro Baluji Shrivastav, the group performs songs from the Middle East to Afghanistan and India, gospel and blues and Western classical compositions.

This was part of the coverage of the National Tour 2014, and also promoting the documentary film Inner Vision.

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Princess Fereshteh preparing to go on stage with the Inner Orchestra

Backstage at New Wolsey Theatre Fereshteh is finishing her makeup.   

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Inner Vision at BBC In Tune Radio 3

Happy hug with BBC radio3 In Tune Sean with Inner Vision Orchestra

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Baluji performs in Qatar with the British Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra perform with the Qatar Philharmonic in Doha, March 2014. Part of Sasol\'s Definitely Able initiative.

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Inner Vision Orchestra Film

A documentary film following Britain\'s only blind orchestra on their UK tour. A celebration of the power of music to transform lives.

INNER VISION is a feature-length documentary about the Inner Vision Orchestra, its members and their stories, struggles and triumphs. With some players born blind and others experiencing sight loss in their life, the heart of this film will reveal intimate portraits of key characters from around the world, and how creativity has helped them overcome the challenges imposed by sight loss.

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Baluji performing with The British Paraorchestra

Here is some footage of Baluji performing at TEDX with the British Paraorchestra. 

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Baluji and Tom Waits interesting use of sitar

Opening the disc is a dark, horn-driven up-tempo piece called “Chicago,” which features some great miking techniques on the snare to achieve a train sound and an interesting use of sitar by Baluji Shrivastav The title track is quintessential Waits, featuring a wonderfully dirty, clangy snare backbeat and a gritty New Orleans-inspired funk groove. This is heavy in the truest sense of the word, and Waits’ rough-and-tumble wail and cigarette-drenched rasp are showcased perfectly here. 

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Jingle Bells Baluji Style

gungaru bells jingle bells on sitars 

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Fereshteh at BBC 100 Women

BBC 100 Women event went live on BBC World News TV & BBC World Service Radio in English and all their different languages. Fereshteh has been touring the UK in an Arts Council supported tour of Baluji Shrivastav and the Inner Vision Orchestra. Her parents have threatened to burn Fereshteh if she sings in public.

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Fereshteh on BBC Persian Service TV

Inner Vision Orchestra\'s Iranian singer Fereshteh has been touring the UK and tells Iran about her life, promoting awareness of disability and women\'s issues. Thanks to Arts Council England for enabling this tour to take place.

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Welcome to Respect Festival

Baluji Shrivastav presents Inner Vision Orchestra on tour . The final gig was at the Respect Festival Plymouth. Here the band arrives.

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Peggy Scott Presents LOVE IS BLIND

At a wonderful concert concluding the Inner Vision Orchestra UK Tour at Plymouth Respect festival Peggy Scott who is 90 years old presents her favourite song.

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Respect Festival Inner Vision Orchestra Finale

Showing the humour and spontaneity of the Inner Vision Orchestra at the Respect festival Plymouth where the musicians improvise and joke with the audience. After their encore they mingle with their fans from the audience.

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Denise Leigh and Baluji Shrivastav

Part of Inner Vision Orchestra UK Tour 2013 funded by Arts Council England. A world first of German Lieder with Indian dilruba! A daring experiment typical of the adventurous spirit of Baluji Shrivastav and Denise Leigh.

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University of Plymouth Music Workshop by Baluji Shrivastav & Ziad Sinno

Part of the purpose of Inner Vision is to train blind musicians to give workshops. Here, Ziad Sinno, who has been trained to give workshops by Baluji is joining him in teaching at Plymouth University Music department.

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Jazz Orient Star Linda Shanson - A Female Focus

Linda Shanson, Jazz Orient Star  - talks about what it means to be an artist in Female Focus. 

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Baluji Shrivastav and Inner Vision on BBC Asian Network

Watch and listen to Baluji and members of the Inner Vision Orchestra at BBC Asian Network publicising their main London gig of the Arts Council of England funded national tour of Baluji Shrivastav and his Inner Vision Orchestra of blind musicians.

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Inner Vision Orchestra on BBC World Update

Baluji Shrivastav MD with two members of his 10 piece Inner Vision Orchestra , Takashi Kikuchi and Ziad Sinno , discuss their lives and music ,and play live on air. They are touring with the orchestra all over the UK in a groundbreaking project supported by Arts Council England. Blind musicians breaking down barriers and bringing joy! Film by Linda Shanson CEO of Baluji Music Foundation

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Inner Vision Orchestra on BBC London The Sunny and Shay show

Film of Baluji Shrivastav and Victoria Oruwari from Inner Vision Orchestra on BBC London Sunny & Shay show in the lead up to their big show at Kings Place Theatre London on August 23 2013

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Inner Vision rehearsing and performing at Kings Place. London as part of their national tour

Indian maestro and Musical Director, Baluji Shrivastav (sitar/ dilruba/ tabla/ gopi/ harmonium/ naal/ vocals) has brought together incredible musicians from around the world who are blind or partially sighted. Their uplifting music moves between songs from Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria with soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. Driven by the intensity of an inner vision they celebrate the power of music to transform lives.

Supported by Arts Council of England and the National Lottery , they have been touring the country, performing at top venues, delighting audiences ,and raising the profile of blind performers in their press and media coverage.

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On the move with Inner Vision Orchestra

Inner Vision Ten blind musicians, 3 guide dogs and a pile of luggage and instruments travel from London to Wale to perform at Welsh Millennium Centre and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. A unique ensemble with different cultures, languages and religions, united by their love of music.

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The IVO perform at UCAN Festival in Cardiff\'s Millennium Center

The Inner Vision Orchestra perform in Cymru in Cardiff Wales as part of the UCAN Festival at the Millenium Centre on July 23 & 24 2013 

Thanks to Arts Council of Wales. 

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Baluji Shrivastav Presents: The Inner Vision Orchestra UK TOUR 2013

Fereshteh Khousrojerdy sings with the Inner Vision Orchestra as part of their 2013 UK Tour at The Octagon Theatre in Somerset on Friday 14th June 2014 

Footage by Marie-Cecile Embleton

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Baluji performs at The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre with Jazz Orient

Baluji Shrivastav is a multi instrumentalist who lives in London UK. This footage was taken from a performance at The London South Bank (The Purcell Room) at Alchemy Festival April 2013. He was performing with his band Jazz Orient.

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Baluji Shrivastav - Alchemy Festival promo

Baluji Shrivastav 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. 

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JAZZ ORIENT / Re-Orients Album is available from the Shop or from ARC Music. 
Jazz Orient are currently taking bookings for concerts and events in 2013. Go to the Jazz Orient tab for more info. 

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Jazz Orients Fruit taken from the album Re-Orient , with Baluji Shrivastav (sitar), Andy Sheppard (sax), Guy Barker (trumpet), Hossam Ramzy (egyptian percussion) and Linda Shanson (vocals). At the core of Jazz Orient are Baluji Shrivastav, Chris Conway and Linda Shanovitch who celebrate Jazz, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Indian music creating a kaleidoscope of rhythms and melodies with intricate patterns of percussive footwork and graceful movements from Indian dance.

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Baluji Shrivastav performing in Arabic at louis Braille Festival Morrocco

Blind maestro joins other great blind musicians in Morocco at 2012 Louis Braille festival. He sings a song in Arabic to the delight of the audience who are surprised to hear their own language sung in an Indian style.

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Baluji performs composition - Indian in London on sitar

Baluji Shrivastav performs composition \'Indian in London\' on sitar and with Girona orchestra.

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Indian in London composed and performed by Baluji Shrivastav

Baluji Shrivastav performs composition, Indian In London with Girona. 

Baluji NU Sound radio interview

Baluji is interviewed by NU Sound Radio

Baluji playing with the Paraorchestra and Coldplay at Paralympic Closing Ceremony 2012

Baluji playing with the Paraorchestra and Coldplay at Paralympic Closing Ceremony 2012

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Baluji playing with Jimi from Doves at the BBC Electric Proms

Doves took to The Roundhouse stage with the London Bulgarian Choir for a brand new performance, reworking the band\'s music for the BBC Electric Proms audience.
Composer Avshalom Caspi was specially commissioned to rearrange a number of Doves tracks for the 40-strong London Bulgarian Choir. The choir\'s unique phrasing and emotive folk singing style perfectly complemented the soaring melodies of the band.

Baluji Shrivastav: Sitar - Dhun Bhairavi - Taal Kamerua

Baluji live in London Mela 2007. Raag Bhairavi - Taal Kamerua