Baluji on tabla – Photograph

Series nameBiography

This image forms part of the promotional portfolio created for multi-musician Baluji Shrivastav. The image illustrates Baluji playing the tabla. In addition to playing the tabla, Baluji is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and plays many variations of the sitar, sarod and harmonium in several musical styles. These include jazz, classical and fusion collaborations.

Date of Creation / Publication
Associated Person/ OrganisationShrivastav, Baluji
Collection and Reference NumberBaluji Shrivastav Collection (GB 2661 BS)
Catalogue NumberBS/BI/3
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Baluji Shrivastav
Series notesBaluji Shrivastav began playing classical Indian instruments at six years old. Blinded as a baby, his extraordinary talent enabled him to conduct an eighty-piece orchestra at just nine years old. Before Baluji was fifteen years old, he had obtained two BA degrees, in Music and in Vocal Studies

As a young man, Baluji Shrivastav taught and performed all over India, then in France and arrived in England in 1982. His first position was as musical director of Pushpanjali, a piece commissioned by Tara Arts, which was the first non-Western musical performance supported by the Arts Council of England. Since arriving in England over twenty years ago, Baluji Shrivastav has performed and taught in North America, Europe and Africa and has been awarded the accolade of 'virtuoso multi-instrumentalist' by The Times newspaper.
Collection notesThe digitised material in the Baluji Shrivastav Collection falls into several categories relating to Baluji's work: classical music, new music, fusion, education, and theatre. The digitised items include photographs, concert flyers and posters, extracts of theatre programmes and education related documents.