Ashutosh Phatak

Ashutosh Phatak

Pro Vice Chancellor

Ashu, as he is fondly referred to as, is a multi-instrumentalist performer and producer. With over 15 contemporarymusic albums in the last two decades to his name, he is a much-in demand composer in the advertising and films circles.

He has composed music for over 4,000 television commercials and soundtrack for over 10 feature films, including critically acclaimed films like the Mahesh Bhatt-directed Tamanna (1997), Kaizad Gustad’s unorthodox Hindi comedy Bombay Boys (1998), the Rahul Bose-starrer White Noise (2004) and acclaimed documentary, Fire in the Blood (2013) which premiered at the celebrated Sundance Film Festival in 2013 where it was nominated for the Grand Jury prize. Hollywood Reporter referred to Ashu’s music for the documentary as “effective and graceful music adding to the power and poignancy of the theme”. The last Bollywood feature film which he composed music for ‘Zubaan’ premiered at the Busan Film Festival in 2015 and was released mid 2016. He completed music for ‘Ashram’ a film that released in early 2018.

Ashu has lately been scoring for OTT platforms having recently completed the music for Nikkhil Advani’s Amazon original series Mumbai Diaries for which he won Best Music the e4m Streaming Awards and Best Background Score at the IWM Buzz Digital Awards. He also composed the BGM for the Hotstar special ‘The Empire’ directed by Mitakshara Kumar. Some of his past OTT work includes a short film ‘The Apartment’ for Amazon Prime, Feels like Ishq on Netflix and RejecX Season 2 for Zee5.