Lesle Lewis (composer)
|Birth name||Lesle Peter Lewis|
|Genres||Indi-pop, filmi, rock|
|Associated acts||Colonial Cousins, Hariharan|
Lesle Lewis is the son of P. L. Raj, a prolific film choreographer. He was educated at St. Mary's High School, Mt. Abu in Rajasthan. He played guitar at the Cafe Royal, Oberoi Towers, Mumbai and recorded with Kalyanji–Anandji, Laxmikant–Pyarelal, R. D. Burman and Louis Banks.
From 1987 he composed advertising jingles and was nominated for awards from the Indian Academy of Advertising Film Art (IAAFA). In 1989 received an award for his work.
Lewis remixed Asha Bhonsle's album Rahul and I and composed songs for Janam samjha karo. He also composed and produced the music for Paree Hu Main by Suneeta Rao, Bombay Girl by Alisha Chinai and for KK's album Pal.
Lewis first worked with ghazal singer Hariharanin in 1992, creating a jingle. They formed Colonial Cousins in 1996 and recorded an album, Colonial Cousins. They were the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged. It won the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group. They released the albums The Way We Do It (1998) and Aatma (2001) and composed the soundtrack for the Tamil films Modhi Vilayadu and Chikku Bukku.
- Colonial Cousins (1996)
- The Way We Do It (1998)
- Mela (2000)
- Aatma (2001)
- Apna Asmaan (2007)
- Modhi Vilayadu (2009)
- Chikku Bukku (2010)
- Once More (2012)
- Poshter Boyz (2014-Marathi)
- Online Binline (2015 - Marathi)
Awards and achievements
- 1997: MTV Asia Viewer's Choice Award for Colonial Cousins in Radio City Hall - New York
- US Billboard Viewer's Choice Award - Las Vegas
- Leslie Lewis composes for his first Bollywood flick IBN Live; 13 November 2007
- Lesle Lewis - Biography ; 17 June 2011
- "Colonial Cousins to regale Bangaloreans". The Hindu. 23 September 2004.
- "Artist biography: Hariharan". Indianmusicinfo.com. Retrieved 28 January 2011
- "Colonial Cousins' debut in Tamil". The Hindu. 25 July 2009.