Nitin Sawhney

“It would be easier to jot down what this man can’t do than what he can” The Guardian

Nitin Sawhney is firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, orchestral composer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and cultural spokesman. He has earned a reputation as an innovative Renaissance man in crossing the worlds of music, film, videogames, dance, theatre and current affairs. He is, quite simply, one of the most distinctive and versatile musical talents at work today. Sawhney has collaborated with and written for a dazzling array of talents. These include the likes of John Hurt for his most recent album Last Days Of Meaning, Paul McCartney, Anthony Gormley. Sting, Brian Eno, Shakira, Taio Cruz, Ellie Goulding, Cirque Du Soleil and Nelson Mandela. His credits across the worlds of theatre and dance are equally extensive, featuring scores for multiple Olivier-Award-winning productions (Complicite’s ‘A Disappearing Number’, Akram Khan’s ‘Zero Degrees’).

Few can also claim to have earned the likes of two Ivor nominations (one current), a Mobo and a BBC Radio 3 Award in tandem. Most recently, he scored the hugely popular landmark BBC series ‘The Human Planet’, which was nominated for eight Baftas. Nitin also sits on the panel for the Ivor Novello Awards, BAFTA, BIFA, Somerset House, Sadler’s Wells and the PRS foundation, having received four honorary doctorates from British Universities. In 2007, Nitin Sawhney turned down an OBE due to ethical reasons. “In France,” he explains, “they have something called ‘Knight Of Arts and Letters’, which I think is a far better idea. But the idea of the OBE comes from a colonial past, and I just didn’t want Empire after my name.”