The Tragic Love of Sohini and Mahival – Script

Series nameNew Music

This three-page script is from an Urdu oratorio, ‘The Tragic Love of Sohini and Mahival’ by Baluji Shrivastav and Dario Marianelli. The story is set in a village in the Punjab and tells of star-crossed lovers and the price they pay for their devotion to each other, much like the European story of Romeo and Juliet. The piece was written by Baluji as part of a process to create an Indian opera. The performance was held on 18 May 1997, at the Union Chapel in Islington, as part of the ‘Indian in London’ festival. The script includes the narrative in English, Urdu and in Urdu transliteration. Baluji’s composition was performed by Amelia Cuni as Sohini, Baluji Shrivastav playing the Sitar, Surbahar,Swarmandal and Pakhavaj, Vishwaa Prakash as the Narrator and Sohini’s husband, Yusuf Ali Khan on the tabla and other percussion instruments, David Brown as Mahival and Fabienne Audeoud as Jannat, Sohini’s sister-in-law.

Date of Creation / Publication1997
CreatorShrivastav, Baluji
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberBaluji Shrivastav Collection (GB 2661 BS)
Catalogue NumberBS/NM/7
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.