(born 1964) is an Indian
. His critically acclaimed work combines Asian and other worldwide influences with elements of jazz
and often explores themes such as multiculturalism, politics and spirituality
. Sawhney is also active in the promotion of arts and cultural matters
, and is a patron of numerous film festivals
, venues, and educational institutions.
Nitin Sawhney was raised in Rochester, Kent
. As a child Sawhney studied piano, classical and flamenco guitar, sitar and tabla. He attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School
. After leaving, he studied law at Liverpool University
for a short time.
It was during this period that Sawhney met up with an old school friend, acid-jazz keyboard-player James Taylor. Sawhney then toured as part of The James Taylor Quartet
. This experience led to him forming his own band, The Jazztones. He also joined forces with tabla
player and DJ/producer Talvin Singh
to form the Tihai Trio.
After dropping out of university, Sawhney took up a position with a firm of accountants called Day Smith and Hunter in Maidstone, Kent. He trained to become a chartered accountant but found that his music was proving too much of a distraction and quit after about two years. Sawhney moved to London, where he met Sanjeev Bhaskar
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