Talvin Singh

Talvin Singh

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Talvin Singh is an Indian musician who is a pioneer of subgenre called Asian Underground, whose influence is well seen in Bollywood music since 1990s. He is also a music producer and tabla player, and a master of fusion compiling Indian classical music with western drum and bass. His active career in music began in the early 1990s and still now he is fully engaged in the same field. He has also collaborated with several international artists to produce music of high quality.


Talvin Singh was born in London in 1970 to Indian parents of Punjabi origin. He grew up in Leytonstone. Right from the childhood he got drawn towards tabla, the traditional Indian music instrument. To study music in advance, he reached India at the age of 16 in the 1980s. He took formal training under Ustad Lachman Singh Seen for next one year and returned back to UK. Because of his western influences in music, his works were not promoted by British who preferred Indian classical music. So Talvin turned towards fusion and with 1990s he gained foot in the musical industry, particularly in the genre of Asian Underground. He is widely regarded as a doyen of this genre of music, still experimented by many artists of present times.


"Kiss Them for Me" single by Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1991 was his first song which became an instant chartbuster. He provided vocals as well as tabla for this musical piece. From there on he gave several chartbuster hits. Along with his promoter Sweety Kapoor, he started Anokha club night in 1995. They collaborated with DJ State of Bengal, and later composed many tunes which inspired millions.

Published: March 23, 2019

Updated: March 23, 2019


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