I am amazed that it has taken the world so long to see the musical genius of Nitin Sawhney. I have often thought of him as a post-millennial Bob Dylan, a poet, a musician who is not hidebound by a style, geography or an instrument. An artist who sees the human agony in simple human terms. Nitin is one musical maestro who can inspire a symphony of emotions. Sepia Mutiny reports that Nitin is finally getting his due. He is going to score Mira Nair’s production of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. He is also a producer on Raghav’s unfinished second album.
In fact, Bobby and Nihal, on their October 12 radio show on the BBC offered up a bit of a preview of the Raghav/Nitin collaborative work entitled “Seasons,” which draws heavily on the heavenly ‘Mausam’, which appears on the Philtre album. After having heard the original Mausam, the version featuring Raghav admittedly sounded a bit cheeky, but knowing that Nitin is producing some of the record makes me dizzy with anticipation.
Sawhney, who in the past has collaborated with Sting, Spanish collective Ojos de Brujo is now going to work with former Beattle Sir Paul McCartney, who tells Rolling Stone that “he initially wanted to make a record influenced by Nitin’s sound.” You can hear Nitin’s sounds on shows like CSI: The Crime Scene Investigation and CSI Miami.