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Sohini & Mahival - a Southbank success!

Sohini & Mahival, the worlds first Urdu Ortorio, was showcased for the first time this year - with music composed by Baluji Shrivastav and Oscar Winner Dario Marianelli.

The piece went down a storm to a packed house at the Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy 2015. The sold out performance of our ground-breaking Urdu Opera ‘Sohini & Mahival’ went very well, with some wonderful quotes received:

Distinguished international opera star Patricia Rozario said “It was a very strong production & I loved the idea of having two aspects of the lovers-a brilliant idea! The music was very good, very powerful. I think there is tremendous mileage you can get out of this piece. The language brings a new dimension to the singing of it. We need to see this develop in it’s original language.”

Hilal Fareed –Urdu poet and founder of the Sir Syed Foundation whose aim is to foster Indo-British friendship, promote Indo-Islamic Art and Literature – said “  You simplified the poetry and conveyed the story beautifully –I am very impressed”.

Click below to view some of the photography from the wonderful Simon Richardson from its debut performance

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Baluji\'s Vision of Tragic Love - Eastern Eye Interview

Asjad Nazir interviewed Baluji for Eastern Eye about his new performance venture 'Sohini & Mahival', due to be performed at the Southbank Centre's festival Alchemy 2015.

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Sitar Portraits - Interview with Baluji for Libas International Magazine

Libas International Magazine

As part of their Sitar Portraits feature, Juliet Highet interviews Baluji for Libas International, the exotic fashion and lifestyle magazine.

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Making Moves supports The Colours of Sound documentary.

Claire Schrader shows her support of the upcoming documentary "The Colours of Sound" - which follows the Inner Vision Orchestra, Britain's only blind orchestra, on their Summer/Autumn tour. It is a celebration of the power of music to transform lives. Included is an interview by Emily Wright with the director, Marie Cecile Embleton, on the process of the documentary, getting to know the participants and the obstacles they faced.

Claire Schrader is an award winning Playwright and Drama Therapist.
Blog published September 2014

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Hear Me Raw Music Blog - Inner Vision Orchestra

Hear Me Raw discusses the Inner Vision Orchestra and the Summer/Autumn tour they are about to embark upon. Hear me Raw is a new music blog designed to throw the spotlight on upcoming acts, artists and musicians from the UK and beyond.

Blog date: May 22nd 2014

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