Antardrishti : Inner Vision
07.00 PM to 09.00 PM
Royal Opera House,
Mama Parmanand Marg,
Mumbai - 400 004
Baluji Shrivastav OBE
The Royal Opera House, Mumbai in collaboration with British Council and Avid Learning proudly present Antardrishti - Inner Vision, a music, dance and audio-visual extravaganza produced by London-based organisation, the Baluji Music Foundation.
Please read below for more about the event:
The project will premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre in September 2018 during their Unlimited festival, followed by a performance at the Norwich Arts Centre and then in India in partnership with the British Council in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Led by multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE, who is visually impaired, the performance will feature Inner Vision Orchestra which is the UK's only blind orchestra. Its aim is to promote blind & visually impaired musicians to address the imbalance of their absence in most of the music industry in the UK. It also aims to give confidence to blind & visually impaired musicians through the experience of workshops and performances. Driven by the intensity of an inner vision, they strive to celebrate the power of music to transform lives.
The programme will also feature digital artists Addictive TV who create music you can ‘see’ as well as professional visually impaired musicians from across India including tabla/ vocals Raju Maurya, Indian flute Perumal Varudaraj, Indian violin Chiman Lal, vocalist Sayani Palit and classical Indian dancers from Delhi’s Arunima Kumar Dance Company.
Inspired by the 11th Chapter of The Bhagavad Gita, the project explores the concept of inner vision, and the complex interplay between light and darkness, examining what is sight and sightlessness. The performance will feature Regional folk, classical vocal and instrumental music that will follow a strong narrative theme, with sensitive and dramatic lighting design. Addictive TV will record, sample and add footage of several of the artists into the composition, creating a musical canvas that allows live musicians to interact with sampled recordings of themselves and the other musicians on-screen.
At the Opera House, we are always keen to support and showcase unique events that defy easy categorization and find synergies between the arts in fascinating ways. We also believe in the importance of arts for social change and its our privileged to offer support and platforms for Social Advocacy. This is one such event, where musical innovation is spearheaded by differently-abled talent that is sure to re-contextualize our understanding of music and celebrate a range of musical abilities. We have already featured a truly collaborative orchestral group, The Fantasy Orchestra, hailing from Bristol and France, who gave a rousing performance showcasing international musicians in collaboration with local Mumbai talent to create a unique performance on our stage.
Baluji Shrivastav OBE is a blind musician who excels in playing the sitar, dilruba and tabla among other traditional Indian instruments. Described as ‘one of the greatest instrumentalists to come from India’ by the High Commissioner of India, and 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 8 albums through ARC Music including: ‘Classical Indian Sitar & Surbahar Ragas’, ‘Shadow of the Lotus’ and ‘Re-Orient - Indian World Music Fusion’. His latest album ‘Best of Baluji Shrivastav’ was released in 2017 on Arc Music. It was described by Songlines as an album of “convention-defying Indian compositions... you'll want to play over and over again” and received many airplays particularly on the BBC Radio network, including the World Service, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Asian Network. In 2008, he founded the UK registered charity Baluji Music Foundation (BMF) to encourage disabled people to get involved in music, music being such an important part of how he communicates with the world. Their motto is “sharing the joy of music” which they promote through performances, workshops, collaborations, research and inter-disciplinary and cross- cultural projects. They celebrate the power of music to transform lives. Baluji also set up the Inner Vision Orchestra (IVO), the UK’s only orchestra of blind and visually impaired musicians, to address their absence in the music industry in the UK. They have organised successful national tours across the UK since 2012 with over 30 concerts. Members of the IVO performed at the London 2012 closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games. They have also performed on national television and radio, including BBC World Service and BBC World News. Filmmaker Marie-Cécile Embleton is currently producing the documentary “Colours of Sound” about the ensemble and has made a documentary “Inner Vision Orchestra on Tour”. In 2016, Baluji was awarded the OBE for services to music. The same year, he also received the GG2 Achievement through Adversity Award and in 2017, he was awarded the prestigious NRI Awards from The Times Group India for Art & Culture, and a World Peace and Prosperity Foundation Award at the House of Lords. Further info about Baluji Music Foundation: balujimusicfoundation.org