Her relationship with the stage began at age 7, with classical North Indian dance, Kathak; the sound and movement remain an inspiration. As the child of Indian immigrant parents, she grew up listening to her father's records and her mother's voice. Weekends began with music from Amjad Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, and old-school Bollywood. When she wasn't dancing, Ashni studied western classical piano and began discovering the incredible voices of jazz and soul - Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday - in contrast and equal reverence to the new artists of R&B, hip hop and neo-soul.
Ashni's music is heavy with soulful melodies, heavy with jazz and R&B influence.Ashni's music is filled with soulful melodies, heavy with jazz and R&B influence. She is currently teaching, creating and performing regularly at venues around New York City, such as Rockwood Music Hall and The Bowery Electric. You can hear Ashni's recent EP on Spotify or iTunes, and follow her work on all social media accounts, linked at the top of this site!