Ashni is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her relationship with the stage began with classical North Indian dance, Kathak; the sound and movement remain an inspiration. A first-generation Indian American, she grew up listening to her mother's Hindustani classical singing and her father's jazz records. She is inspired by our individual processes in learning to build relationships to the self, to others, and to communities. The trials and lessons in healing guide her work. With soulful melodies, powerful lyrics and rhythmic current, she gracefully envelops listeners in a reflective, cathartic dimension.
She is currently teaching, creating, and performing as a solo artist, support for other acts, and a proud member of the Resistance Revival Chorus. Her performance credits include Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Greene Space, Rough Trade, and most recently, she co-produced and performed in a sold out benefit show at National Sawdust for Sakhi. Her music has been featured on Spotify's Women of Jazz playlist, Bitch Media's Podcast: Growing Up Immigrant, and the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls.