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Young Achievers - Nitin Sawhney

india 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.

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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.


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

The other side

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."