Music is not just for the sighted, as it stems from the body’s rhythm, visually-impaired multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav said at his performance Antardrishti: Inner Vision at the British Council in New Delhi. The Indo-British musician was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) — a Queen’s honour — for his services to music in 2016.
Uttar Pradesh-born Shrivastav, who has been visually impaired since he was four, said he grew up listening to his heartbeats and the flow of his blood.
“I could feel my heart thumping, and so is everybody else’s, and that was the metre of music for me,” he tells on the sidelines of his performance, elaborating on the inner vision he developed.
“Music itself is not designed only for sighted people, but the whole being,” he says, adding that everything is music for him.
“You’re speaking, I’m speaking. That’s also music,” adds he.
The 67-year-old artiste, who has been away from India for over 30 years, seems to be equally fluent in Hindi and English, and recites Sanskrit couplets with ease.
For Shrivastav, music also remains a way to instill confidence in the visually impaired community.
Mentioning his India tour, which concludes next week, he also said the joy of coming back to his motherland remains unparalleled.