Indian Classical Flautist, Film Composer, Music Arranger / Producer, Singer, Poet and a man of many more talents, Ashwin Srinivasan, a child prodigy, has successfully collaborated in Western Classical, Jazz, Fusion, Electronica, Bollywood and Hollywood with some of the greatest names from around the world.
Born into 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.
He was trained in the techniques of the Bansuri by Shri Venkatesh Godkhindi and Shri Pundalik Shenoy of Bangalore. He has also trained under the legendary Violinist, Padmabhushan Dr. Smt. N Rajam in Mumbai, who is a pioneer of the ‘Gayki’ (Vocal) technique. One of the youngest A-Grade artists with All India Radio and having been a recipient of the ‘Sur-Mani’ award, Ashwin has performed classical concerts in various prestigious festivals such as the Gandharv Mahavidyalaya Smriti Mahotsav, Panchakshari Gavai Mahotsav and Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan.
Apart from being a performing Indian Classical Musician, he has been one of the most sought after session flautists 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 worked on prestigious Hollywood films such as “The Namesake”, “Amelia”, “Midnight’s Children” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, "Mowgli" and "Queen of Katwe", thereby working with some of the biggest Hollywood composers such as Gabriel Yared and Gustavo Santaolala. He has performed all over the world with almost all leading musicians of India, both on stage and as a session musician.
He has been involved in a number of music concerts and recordings with Nitin Sawhney (UK) during which he collaborated with artists such as Anushka Shankar, Imogen Heap and Joss Stone. He has also worked as a music arranger in the Legendary Lata Mangeshkar's albums, "Antarnaad" - a collection of poems by Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, "Saadgi" - a collection of ghazals by Javed Akhtar and other renowned Poets, and “Sarhadein” - a one of its kind Ghazal Album featuring all time legends such as Mehdi Hassan, Lata Mangeshkar and Gulam Ali, to contemporary favourites like Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Rekha Bharadwaj and Sonu Nigam.
As a composer / producer he has worked 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. He released his first Live studio album 'Ashwin and the Bombay Project' (2011) with his band by the same name, which is now available online. The band features an electric mix of Indian Classical music, Jazz, Funk and World folk music, and was one of the earliest albums in modern times to be recorded entirely live, in a single day. He has been one of the most appreciated musicians on MTV Unplugged India (Season 1) which features a host of popular Indian artists and which was arranged and re-produced by the legendary Ranjit Barot.
He also collaborated as a Singer-Songwriter-Producer on the popular TV show ‘The Dewarists’. His current project aims at pushing the boundaries with Indian Classical music, meeting Electronica and World Folk, creating an exciting package for the younger generation. His collaborations include Joss Stone’s ‘Sensimillia’ (Water for your Soul) and Imogen Heap’s ‘Tidal’ (Ellipse).
Today, Ashwin is an integral part of Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman's band.
He also has scored the Songs and Background Music for the Marathi Feature film "Dry Day" (2017) with popular chart busters such as 'Ashi Kashi' and 'Daru Ding Dang' to his credit.
As Co-Founder and COO of WaveLens Studios, a startup operating in the Film, TV & Music Content Production, Post-Production, VFX and Technology R&D space, Ashwin spearheads all music production and music marketing activities of the company, as well as the musical aspect of Post-Production Technology R&D.
Ashwin has composed and produced the Original Soundtrack (BGM and all songs) of the film Stupid Cupid” a Made-for-TV feature film for MTV Films, creative produced by Shoojit Sircar and Rising Sun Films, and Written and Directed by Reshu Nath, and produced by WaveLens Studios. He then composed and produced the OST for "Second Chance", a dystopic Sci-Fi short film for children on the theme of water conservation, produced by WaveLens Studios for the NGO Public Concern for Governance Trust, founded by Mr. Julio Robeiro. The film was awarded in three categories at the 16 International Film Festival in Jaipur.
He has worked as a composer / producer for the popular 'Activ Javed Akhtar' (add-on service series) for Tata Sky.
His latest release "Singles-The Album", a compilation of singles he wrote and produced over the years is now available online.