Mr. Nitin Shankar was born in a musical family both mother and father were in the music field and had their own music banner by the name of Musical Melodies.
Both his parents were performing artists. He has been in this field since his childhood and has been actively working and been a professional from the age of sixteen. He started his struggle in 1978.

He is a percussionist and can play both the Classical Indian as well as the Latin, Cuban and Afro and Indian folk percussions. He is a disciple of the Late Ustad Allahrakha as well as late Marutirao Keer (rhythm arranger for R.D Burman). He is a life member of the CINE MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION since 1984.

He is a percussionist, rhythm arranger, rhythm programmer, music composer as well as a music director and he is working in the Indian Music industry since the last more than 36 years and counting.


He has been performing in National and International Concerts and events all over the world. To name a few Kalyanji Anandji Nite, JummaChumma in London ( legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan starrer movie). He has also performed at the Raj Bhavan Delhi on 15th August 1997 for the 50th Indian Independence Day Celebration’s Closing Ceremony.

To name a few of his works

He has worked with leading music directors like R.D.Burman (1942 A Love Story, Gardish, Drohi, Gurudev, Ghatak, Indrajeet,
Preme Pode Jaye etc ). With Jatin-Lalit as a rhythm arranger ( Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Khiladi, Kabhie Haan Kabhie Na, Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge etc),

With Anu Malik ( Chamatkar, Baazigar, Fiza, Refugee, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Kareeb,Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Phool Aur Angaar, Josh, Duplicate,  Border, Lajja etc),with Ismail Darbar (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas),with Monty Sharma (Black) and for Devdas, Saawariya, Khamoshi, Bajirao Mastani with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and other major projects are rhythm arrangement and percussion for the music of the historical film Veer Zaara (Yash Raj Films) the songs of which were the compositions of Late Madan Mohanji.

Nitin Shankar has also worked with the music director duo Sajid Wajid (for rhythm arrangement of songs from movies like Partner, Veer, Wanted, Dabangg, Dabangg 2, Rowdy Rathore, EkTha Tiger, Chasme Badoor, Heropanti, Daawat-e-Ishq, Partner, Himmatwala, Welcome, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garv, Singh is Bling and more)

He has also done rhythm arrangement and percussion for Rajshri films Productions movies : Hum Saath Saath hai and Hum Pyaar Tumhise Kar Baithe.

He has also done  percussion for hits of music director Pritam (Lungi Dance, Pungi, Dil Main Baji Guitar);and again percussion for Jeet-Pritam Music Director duo film Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.


He has performed over the world with renowned percussionist and composer Trilok Gurtu. He has performed with Trilok ji at the International  WOMAD Festival in Sri Lanka and Korea, in Australia, at  the LILLE Festival (FRANCE). He has also performed at the WOMAD Adelaide with Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle. Also at Cartagena (Spain) and FMM, SINNES (Portugal) with Asha Bhosle, he has also performed with the Dutch Metropol Orkestra for more than 4 live concerts in Amsterdam and Paris.

Nitin Shankar has been working as the Musical Director for the live concerts of legendary artist Asha Bhosle since the last 10 years

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