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Telangana Today

Telangana Today

‘Music is not just for the sighted, as it stems from the body’s rhythm..For Shrivastav, music also
remains a way to instill confidence in the visually impaired community.’

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Inner Vision Orchestra UK members

Mumbai Guide

Baluji Srivastava was born in Usmanpur. His love affair with music began with Bollywood and his mother singing and playing the harmonium, but he did not realise how good a singer his mother was ,like the most of us. At blind school music was a compulsory subject. 

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Chiman Baluji Raju Ghowreesan performing

The Pioneer

Visually impaired musician Baluji Srivastav talks to Asmita Sarkar about his new performance based on the 11th chapter of Bhagavad Gita

Visually impaired but not lacking in vision — that can describe sitarist Baluji Srivastav’s journey with the British Council to seek out more musicians like him. His latest show, Antardrishti — Inner Vision, a production inspired by the Bhagavad Gita, brings together outstanding blind musicians and dancers from throughout India.

It is a global performance  that merges the harmony of the West with that of the East. Performing with the group is his Inner Vision Orchestra.

The maestro said that the performance is based on Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita in which Lord Krishna grants the Pandava Arjuna divine vision, a theme close to his heart. I chose the Bhagavad Gita, which was the essence of Mahabharat. The chapter 11 was specially divine. It was written 5,000 years ago and is still relevant, he said.

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music is for the whole being

Outlook The News Scroll

As [Inner Vision] Orchestra played striking music at the British Council here, it was accompanied by the graceful gestures and body movements by an Indian classical dance group headed by Arunima Kumar -- all feeding into a beautiful recital of Gitas 11th chapter Vishwaroopam Darshana. The performance held the audience\'s attention, as an audio-visual accompaniment played street sounds -- that of a coconut being cut, a street being swept and food items being sieved -- to which the ensemble played the tabla, sitar, flute, piano and violin. As British Council\'s North India Director Tom Birtwistle put it, the performance celebrates the  equal contribution made by differently-abled people to communities.


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Chiman Baluji and Ghowreesan picture performing

THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN

Composer nad instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav is blind since childhood, but has never let his disability come in the way of his passion for music.

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Baluji Shrivastav OBE

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