Presented by Albany Arts Festival Season
The remarkable Indian-born and UK-based blind sitar player and composer, Baluji Shrivastav, returns to Australia in February 2019 for his first visit in nearly a decade.
He will be joined by some of WA’s finest, including superb cellist, Mel Robinson and three members of Fairbridge Festival favourites Praashekh Quartet including young sarod maestro Praashekh Borkar (Pune, India, playing his customised e-sarod), tabla wizard, Sivakumar Balakrishnan (Singapore) and vastly experienced Fremantle multi-reedman, Mark Cain. Together they are Tepestri.
Recently awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music in the UK, Baluji is a revered performer who has worked across the idioms of Hindustani classical, jazz fusion and film music. He is an outstanding improviser undaunted by the boundaries of any one tradition. He is also a tireless ambassador for sight-impaired musicians in Britain, forming the Inner Vision Orchestra, who recently toured in Mumbai and Delhi.
Blind since early childhood from a village in northern India, Baluji has faced many challenges, but his mastery of classical Indian instruments isn’t one. He plays sitar, surbahar (a bass-like sitar), dilruba (a bowed instrument) and percussion instruments, pakhavaj and tabla.
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