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Nitin Sawhney

UK

Genre-straddling polymath

It would probably be quicker to list the accolades that Nitin Sawhney hasn’t been awarded, to list the people who haven’t showered him in praise. Whether it’s his brilliantly conceived and executed albums, his film scores, his collaborations with stone-cold A-list musicians, his production work, his remixing commissions, his radio broadcasting, his DJ sets or his ventures into the worlds of television, theatre, dance and video games, this polymath has always sought, and achieved, artistic excellence. The awarding of a CBE, an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award and no fewer than seven honorary doctorates is testament to this. And whatever Nitin creates, it’s always planted in the present and facing forwards. “My music has a symbiotic relationship with what is going on in the world right now,” he told Songlines. “We can’t pretend we’re playing music in a vacuum.”