Nitin Sawhney’s talent is amazing. He combines jazz, Indian music, electronica, and other genres to produce musical pieces that are delightful and stimulating to listen to. Sawhney was born and raised in the UK. He learned classical (Western) piano, classical and flamenco guitar, and also sitar and tabla. However his interests range much more widely. In addition to musicians he has collaborated with filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists. You can listen to his music if you go to see The Namesake based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri and directed by Mira Nair.
The Guardian published a column about Sawhney last year which you can read here. Listen to a portion of the score he did for the movie Prapancha Pash and to a brief interview with him.
I’ll play something by Nitin Sawhney on my next Sangam program on April 2nd. Be sure to join me.