Sneha Khanwalkar is a music director in Bollywood who is known for her compositions in Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and 2 and also for her Punjabi feat genre in 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!'. She is the first woman composer who achieved success in Bollywood after almost two decades.
Sneha Khanwalkar was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, although she is a Marathi by origin. She was born and brought up in a musical environment where her mother was a classical singer of the Gwalior Gharana school of music. Thinking about the betterment of her career and studies, Sneha's father decided to shift to Mumbai in 2001.
Initially, she was about to enroll herself for engineering course, but later she decided to go for art direction and animation. After she completed her education, her inherent musical talent made her try her hands in music direction.
She somehow managed director Ram Gopal Varma's number from a common friend and visited him in his office. At that time he was working on the script of his film 'Go'. As Sneha Khanwalkar requested him to give her a chance to compose music, Ram Gopal Varma gave her a short brief of the script and story and asked her to come up with a tune.
Sneha went back home and composed a tune, recorded it in her own voice and came back to Ram Gopal Varma the very next day. Her tune was eventually selected and she was hired by him for his upcoming film 'Go'. She composed for 'Go' in 2007 and then also got the offer to compose one song for 'Sarkar Raj' in 2008.
Sneha Khanwalkar kept on composing music after that. Her two most successful and notable films as a composer are 'Gangs of Wasseypur' part 1 and 2 and also 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!'. She travelled extensively across the state of Haryana to experience the Hariyanvi touch on music. On her return, she came up with the extra ordinary tunes of 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!'. She also got experienced folk singers from the state to render the songs of the film.
She was also nominated in the Best Music Director category for 'Gangs of Wasseypur' at the Filmfare Awards in 2012.
She also composed for a short movie titled as 'The Hope' which went on to be screened at the German Film Festival. In 2005, she composed for 'Kal - Yesterday and Tomorrow'.
Sneha Khanwalkar - Television
She took part in MTV's musical reality show 'Sound Trippin'. As per the format of the show, she travelled to various locations and states of India in order to collect the local musical reminiscence, folk culture and also the essence of music of that particular location. She collected them all and then composed a new musical piece combining the culture and essence of that region. She travelled to distant cities and states like Leh, Ladakh, Kolkata, Goa, Punjab, Varanasi, Kanpur, Assam and Goa.
Sneha Khanwalkar - Bollywood Films