Nikhil D'Souza

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Nikhil D'Souza
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Background information
Born (1981-11-21) 21 November 1981 (age 37)
OriginMumbai, India
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Acoustic guitar
LabelsEast West Records

Nikhil D'Souza (born 21 November 1981) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Mumbai, India,[1] and is now signed to East West Records of Warner Music UK.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Nikhil D'Souza was born and brought up in Mumbai and majored in Geology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai but returned to his musical roots after an encounter with a friend.[4][5]


Nikhil's genre and musical style can be loosely defined as eclectic acoustic guitar-based pop. His songs have a full melodic quality to them due to his use of alternative tunings (favoured by such artists as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley). Nikhil's major musical influences are Sting and Jeff Buckley.[3] He was the South Asia Soloist Winner at SUTASI '09.[6]

Nikhil has released three songs with East West Records, a label owned by Warner Music UK. These include Silver and Gold and Beautiful Mind.[7][8]

Rolling Stones Music Magazine in India has favourably featured Nikhil's music several times: Neha Sharma from Rolling Stone said his "strength as a songwriter is well established in his numerous gripping compositions. Most of his songs shiver with this arresting melancholy as his falsetto glides over twangy guitar riffs”.[9] India Today also included Nikhil as part of their “Faces of the Future,” and he has featured on MTV's COKE Studio series and Sofar Sounds.[citation needed]

Bollywood songs[edit]

Year Song Movie Composer C-Singer(s)
2010 "Shaam" Aisha Amit Trivedi Amit Trivedi, Neuman Pinto
"Mere Bina" Crook Pritam
"Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani" Anjaana Anjaani Vishal-Shekhar Monali Thakur
"Main Jiyunga" Break Ke Baad
2011 I'm The One Ishaan
"Khwab" (Rock) Kucch Luv Jaisaa Pritam
"Khwab" (Raghav's Confession)
"Hello Hello Laila" Dhada Devi Sri Prasad Neha Bhasin
"You're So Beautiful" Haunted Chirantan Bhatt
"Lamha Lamha" Ye Stupid Pyar Vipin Patwa
2012 "Gubbare Gubbare" Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Amit Trivedi
"Dil Ye Bekarar Kyu Hain – Reprise " Players Pritam Priyani Vani
"Jannatein Kahan" (Power Ballad) Jannat 2
"Sang Hoon Tere"
"Tere Naam" Cocktail
"Anu Vidhaiththa Boomiyile" (Tamil) Vishwaroop Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kamal Haasan
"Koi Kahin (Hindi)"
"Dooriyan" Cigarette Ki Tarah
2013 "Out of Control" David Mikey McCleary Preeti Pillai
"Bas Main Aur Tu" Akaash Vani Hitesh Sonik Neeti Mohan
"Jaata Hai Tujh Tak" Murder 3 Anupam Amod
"Jaata Hai Tujh Tak" (Film Version)
"Thu Hi Rey" Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Anoop Rubens Nithya Menen
"Alvida" D-Day Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Sukhvinder Singh, Shruti Hassan, Loy Mendonsa
"Har Kisi Ko" Boss Chirantan Bhatt
"Ninne Ninne Chusthunte" Adda
2014 "O Gujariya" Queen Amit Trivedi Shefali Alvares
"Bebaak " Filmistaan Arijit Datta
"Waakeyi " Amit Sahni Ki List Raghu Dixit Shruti Pathak
"Bezubaan" Life is beautiful! John Hunt
2015 "Lip to Lip" Katti Batti Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Ritu Pathak
"Tu Mila" Timepass 2 Vishal-Shekhar Shamali Kholgade
2016 "You and Me" Befikre Vishal-Shekhar Rachael Vergese
2017 "Parinda (Search)" Jab Harry Met Sejal Pritam Tochi Raina
"Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" Golmaal Again Abhishek Arora Anushka Manchanda
2018 "Phir Se Title Track" Phir Se... Jeet Gannguli Shreya Ghoshal
"Phir Se Title Track (Sad Version)"
"Phir Se Title Track (Remix)"
2019 "Vaaste" Singles Tanishk Bagchi Dhvani Bhanushali


  1. ^ "Party for the Telly Stars". The Times of India. 30 April 2009.
  2. ^ "HappySing: Nikhil D'Souza".
  3. ^ a b "East West Records". East West Records. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Chosen 1 : Nikhil D'Souza". Indian Rock mp3. 15 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Premiere: Nikhil D'Souza - 'Still In Love'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Nikhil D'Souza -". Rolling Stone India. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Article | Neon Music". | Neon Music. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Creating Music From Your Own Experiences Is Rewarding | Singer Nikhil D'Souza". News 18. 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ "PlugUnplug featuring Nikhil D'Souza at Bonobo". Retrieved 7 August 2017.

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