Young Achievers - Nitin Sawhney

  • None
  • Updated: Nov 06, 2012 12:35 IST

Nitin Sawhney is one of the most influential and versatile creative talents in UK. Firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer, Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the world of music, dance, theatre and film. Nitin entered the professional world of recorded music approximately 10 years ago, and has since released six studio albums. Sawhney has toured each of his albums extensively around the world. He has either written, remixed, played, or produced for a host of world-class artists, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Sinead O'Connor, AR Rahman, Jeff Beck, and countless others.



Sawhney's skills as producer and composer were called upon in 2000 when Cirque du Soleil approached him to produce the studio album of Varekai, which brought his unique sound to a wide audience.



Nitin is an award winning writer, comedian, actor and scriptwriter; a composer of TV and movie soundtracks as well as commercials. To date, Sawhney has scored over 25 films from his London-based Spirit Dance studios (six in the last twelve months), as well as having scored TV ads for the likes of Nike and Sephora. This year, Sawhney has been commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, and the Nuance Ensemble to compose several new performance works.



He has also written for UK national broadsheets: The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Observer.


(Info from www.nitinsawhney.com)



Did you know?



This year will see the release of All Mixed Up – the definitive Nitin Sawhney remix collection (including mixes of Sawhney's seminal works by MJ Cole, Bugz in the Attic, Nasha, Joe Clausell, London Elektricity, KV5, Fink, Ojos de Brujo, and Sei-ji). Sawhney's seventh studio album will follow shortly in the early part of 2005.



Nitin has visited six continents, recorded over 200 musicians and interviewed Nelson Mandela for his 2001 album Prophecy.



Factfile



Place of Birth:
South East London
Education:
Law at Liverpool University
Achievements:
1999:
Won South Bank Show Award for Beyond Skin
2001:
MOBO Award for the millennial epic Prophesy
2001:
The BBC Radio 3 Music Award for Prophesy
2002:
Winner of the boundary-crossing category in the Radio 3 Awards for World Music

The other side



Interests:
Much of Sawhney's attention remains focused on the areas of education and community building, accepting the role of Artist in Residence for no less than 5 separate performing arts organisations across Great Britain and Asia.

Said What...



The Guardian: "It would be easier to jot down what this man can't do, than what he can... Nitin's music provides a template for Britain's culturally diverse future."



The BBC: "From oppression comes expression... music offered some respite", reflects Nitin on his regular school-day bullying.



Sawhney's says: "I grew up in an area that was a stronghold for the National Front in the seventies and, as a child, received so much racist abuse that I began to think it was normal for Asian people. It was only when I was older that I realised you could change things."



From Around the Web
Sponsored by Revcontent

also read

India asks diplomatic staff in Pak to pull out children from Islamabad schools
Show comments

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Chrome and Ad BlockPlus users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar at top right of this page

2. Click on ‘Enabled on this site’; this should now change to ‘Disabled on this site’


chrome



For Chrome and Ad Block users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don’t run on pages on this domain’ and then click ‘exclude’ on the pop up


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Mozilla and AdBlock Plus (ABP) users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Internet Explorer and AdBlock Plus users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock Plus’ icon in your status bar at the bottom of the screen

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Safari and AdBlock users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don't run pages on this domain’ and then click 'exclude'


chrome