Balujit Shrivastav is an inspiration to many in the classical world. Apart from his initial instruction at blind school, he is mainly self-taught and his success has been due to a combination of natural talent, hard work and passion for music. As a result, he stands outside the conventional establishment of Indian Music, often struggling against prejudice, to take his place among the greatest in the field. His versatility and courageous attitude to life were there for all to see when he performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games with Coldplay. He is the “sitarist to the stars” (Evening Standard) and has recorded music with Massive Attack, Madness, Doves, Amorphous Androgynous and Stevie Wonder.