Born and raised in Rochester, England, Sawhney grew up studying the piano, guitar and tabla. His work in music has earned him a Mercury Prize nomination and landed him a six-record deal with Branson's V2 Records. Sawhney is renowned for composing the soundtrack for the video games Heavenly Sword and Enslaved, and has collaborated with numerous musicians including Sting, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck and Julian Lloyd Webber among others. His most popular film work to date is the soundtrack to Mira Nair's The Namesake.
Nitin actively promotes art and culture and is a patron of various film festivals and educational institutes. After working with jazz keyboard player James Taylor and DJ producer Talvin Singh, Sawhney began his solo career with the album Spirit Dance. He has always merged musical genres, from Bach and Debussy to jazz, flamenco and classical Indian ragas. His famous album Beyond Skin, which won him the South Bank Show album award and a nomination for a Mercury music prize, is a combination of rap and electronic with classical Indian singers and Kathak rhythms. This versatile composer and producer has composed music for a lot of different art forms from theatre, film and dance to orchestras, video games and independent albums.