Birth: 28-04-1983, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Sneha Khanwalkar is a female Indian music director in Bollywood, the fourth ever in the male-dominated industry after Jaddan Bai (mother of Nargis Dutt), Saraswati Devi and Usha Khanna. She is most known for her score for the film, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), which won the National Film Award for the Best Popular Film.
Born and brought up in Indore, where her mother's family was entrenched in the Gwalior gharana of Hindustani classical music, thus she learned music as a child, and she and her sister used to sing at family occasions.
During her HSC vacations, she did an animation course and art direction course. In 2001, her family moved to Mumbai, with an aim of her joining an engineering college, but instead she started working in animation followed by art direction before deciding on music direction as a career, after rediscovering her childhood passion for music.
In 2004, she scored the movie The Hope, which competed at the Internationales Filmfest Emden in Germany. Meanwhile she also did the title track for Ruchi Narain's film, KAL - Yesterday and Tomorrow (2005), though her big break came when she composed music for the 2007 movie Go, produced by Ram Gopal Varma, and also got to compose a song for Sarkar Raj (2008).
In 2008, she won accolades for her score for the film, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! for which she travelled through rural North India, especially Haryana, where she visited the Raagini music festival, while researching for films music, eventually she created a hit soundtrack, embellished with Haryanvi musical influences.