Blinded at only 8 months, Baluji Shrivastav OBE has spent his life challenging stereotypes around the blind as one of the industry’s leading and most respected musicians. An Indian multi-instrumentalist, Baluji established the Baluji Music Foundation in 2008, an organisation to support visually impaired musicians which in turn founded The Inner Vision Orchestra.
Founded in 2012, the orchestra is the world’s only professional ensemble of blind and partially sighted musicians, established to challenge the barriers Baluji faced as a child. Presently the orchestra has 18 members and counting with branches in the UK and India. The orchestra reached the international stage when members of the group, alongside Baluji, performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games at the London 2012 games.
Baluji has two exciting shows on the horizon, with 2nd April seeing him perform alongside world-renowned opera singer Patricia Rozario OBE for a night of Goanese music while later on May 7th Baluji takes his Inner Vision Orchestra to Bradford-on-Avon for an indelible performance of spectacular artistry and passion.
In 2008, Baluji created The Baluji Music Foundation which is a charity based in London focussing on the understanding and enjoyment of music and the performing arts from Indian Sub-Continent in all its traditional and evolving forms. Traditionally accepting participants who are disabled within the music industry, the foundation has now founded The Inner Vision Orchestra of Blind and Visually impaired musicians.