Portraits of the Dark – Programme Notes

Series nameNew Music

On September 26 1992, Baluji Shrivastav performed his production entitled ‘Portraits of the Dark’ at the South Bank Centre in London. These programme notes provide background explanations to each of the scenes in the production, which depicts the dramatic stages of Baluji’s life as a blind musician. Through the musical journey of this performance, which fused Indian classical music with jazz and Arabic music, Baluji aimed to convey to sighted people what it is like to be a blind musician. Baluji composed ‘Portraits of the Dark’, and was accompanied by fellow musicians Mick Ripsher on tabla, Stephen Bull on violin, Sanyogita Kumari on Indian vocals, Linda Shanovitch on Western vocals, Clive Bell on the flute, and Tristram Llewellyn on the Synthesiser.

Date of Creation / Publication1992
CreatorSouth Bank Centre
Associated Person/ OrganisationShrivastav, Baluji
Collection and Reference NumberBaluji Shrivastav Collection (GB 2661 BS)
Catalogue NumberBS/NM/4
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Baluji Shrivastav
Series notesThis grouping contains digitised items such as flyers, handwritten notes and a press review relating to a selection of Baluji's new music projects. These have included concerts, programmes and theatre productions.
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.