Sitar player Baluji Shrivastav chats to CJ from East Meets West

What do Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack and Kavita have in common? They’ve all played music with the iconic instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav!* A multi-talented musician and composer, he plays a host of Indian instruments including the sitar – and this month, he’s bringing his skills to London’s China Exchange for a very special ‘Battle of the Strings’.

It’s going to be a night of music and chat about two iconic stringed instruments: the sitar from India and the Chinese guqin. Baluji will go head to head in a friendly musical face-off with guqin grandmaster Xiangting Li.

Ahead of this epic challenge, CJ from East Meets West got the chance to chat to Baluji on the phone about what makes the sitar such a special instrument and what we can expect from the night at China Exchange.

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*seriously, he used to teach her to play the harmonium. It’s a star-studded world we live in here at Panda HQ …

Catherine Jessup

A languages nerd with a food obsession and lifelong music bug, CJ can often be found panning the internet for golden Chinese indie tunes and toting around culinary experiments in a fancy lunchbox. Host and producer of East Meets West and Reporter for pandaradio.co.uk and gbtimes.com. Find them on Twitter @cjessup_gbtimes