Sandeep Chowta is a singer, music director and producer who works primarily in Hindi and Telugu film industries. He also heads the Indian division of Columbia Records. Born in Ghana to author and businessman D.K. Chowta, he was brought up in Nigeria and Bangalore. He has a younger sister who is an ethnographer.
His career which began with the band Pulse along with Shivamani and Keith Peters took off once Telugu actor Nagarjuna noticed his talent and roped him in for Telugu films like “Ninne Pelladutha” (1996) and “Chandralekha” (1998). Following the success of this project, he entered Bollywood with Ram Gopal Varma’s “Satya” (1998). Then hits like “Mast” (1999) and “Jungle” (2001) settled him in the industry and he created songs like “Kambakth Ishq” and “Pyar Tune Kya Kiya” in “Pyar Tune Kya Kiya” (2001), “Khallas” in “Company” (2002) and “Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo” in “Dum” (2003).
He has also done the background score for movies including “Asoka” (2001), “Musafir” (2004), “Rakht” (2004), “Om Shanti Om” (2007) and “Housefull” (2010).
Currently he is doing collaborative projects with internationally acclaimed artists including Dave Grusin, Mitch Forman, Lee Ritenour, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson, Ricardo Silveira and more. He has the repute of being the only Asian composer to feature amongst songwriters like Sir Paul McCartney, Diane Warren and Natasha Bedingfield on Thai singer Tata Young’s album “Temperature Rising” (2006).