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This was a short and sweet email questionnaire that Niraj Chag answered for the AV readers to enjoy.
AV: Tell me about your history with Outcaste?
NC: I signed to Outcaste records when I first moved to London (from Southampton), around 1997. I had been experimenting with fusing sounds for quite a few years and was delighted to learn that there was a whole 'Asian fusion' scene in London. I worked with Outcaste records till 2001 and then we parted company. It was a mutual decision as I wanted to move more into composition work for TV, theatre and dance and Outcaste records were also changing their musical direction.
AV: Tell me a bit about 'Baiju Bawra'? How did you get involved in that project?
NC: Very shortly after leaving Outcaste, I participated in a musical theatre workshop at theatre royal Stratford east. It was here that I started learning about musical theatre. I collaborated with so many brilliant artists as part of the workshop. When I finished the workshop I left a copy of some of my Outcaste work to a few people there. A few months later I was approached by the theatre - they really liked my work and wanted to work on a show with me. They asked me if I had any ideas and I suggested updating an old (quite leftfield for the time) Indian film called 'baiju bawra' for the stage. They loved the idea and 'baiju bawra' the musical was born.
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