Born in a family of musicians, Ashwin was initiated into Indian Classical music when he was just two years old. He started learning the Sitar from his Mother, who is a student of the Pandit Ravi Shankar Style. But he took a fascination for the 'Bansuri' (Bamboo flute) at the age of seven and since then there was no looking back! Today, he is the most sought after flautist in Mumbai, and is known not only for his Bansuri, but also for his proficiency in various other world folk wind instruments.
Being an integral part of most of Bollywood music, he has also performed all over the world with almost all leading musicians of India, both on stage and as a session musician. He has also been involved in a number of music concerts and recordings with Nitin Sawhney (UK) during which he happened to collaborate with artists such as Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Anoushka Shankar.
He has worked as a composer / producer on a theatre production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" directed by one of UK's best theatre directors -Tim Supple, along with Nitin Sawhney. And his works as an arranger / producer include the legendary Lata Mangeshkar’s Ghazal works since early 2000s.
His fusion album ‘Ashwin and The Bombay Project’ with his band was one of the earliest in modern times to have been entirely recorded live in one day and has been highly appreciated amongst musicians and fans alike. He has also featured in many of hollywood director Mira Nair’s films such as “Amelia”, “The Namesake”, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, “Queen of Katwe” etc.
His recent collaboration includes Joss Stone’s ‘Sensimillia’ (from her latest album) and is also the only artist to have been featured on an Imogen Heap record as a singer!
He currently an integral part of Oscar winner A. R. Rahman’s band.
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