Launching his The Best of... album, the recently OBE awarded sitar master Baluji Shrivastav performs a special evening of mesmerising Indian classical music on Saturday, April 1 at Tara Arts in Earlsfield accompanied by Sanju Sahai on tablas.
Take part in an extraordinary musical experience and let sound be the creative energy, taking you on a journey.
Baluji's relationship with Tara Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma goes back years back
"When I arrived in London from Paris in 1982 Jatinder Verma and Tara Arts were the most welcoming of all the Asian Arts organisations. They embraced my creativity without any hangups about my blindness, and saw my potential.
"Jatinder Verma encouraged me and gave me opportunities, and taught me a lot.
"So he was my first Guru in UK! He taught me how to interact in the real world of UK Arts environment. I am happy to perform at their sparkling new theatre with the real McCoy-pure Classical Indian music!"
One of the greatest instrumentalists to come from India, Baluji Shrivastav is a blind musician who excels in playing the sitar, dilruba and tabla among other traditional Indian instruments.
Described by London's Evening Standard as “sitarist to the stars”, his incredible versatility has led him to work with acts like Massive Attack, Stevie Wonder and Coldplay and of course many of India’s finest artists including Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Anindo Chatterji and Akram Khan.
Baluji has released eight albums through ARC Music including: Classical Indian Sitar & Surbahar Ragas, Shadow of the Lotus and Re-Orient - Indian World Music Fusion.
His new album The Best of Baluji Shrivastav will also include a number of tracks from his project The Inner Vision Orchestra, the UK’s only orchestra of blind and visually impaired musicians.
Awarded the OBE in 2016 for services to music, he founded the Baluji Music Foundation to encourage disabled people to get involved in music, music being such an important part of how he communicates with the world.
Baluji Shrivastav & Friends Sitar Concert, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18 4ES, Saturday, April 1, 7.30pm, £13.50. More details at tara-arts.com.