Nishi is a New York City-based Indian-American singer/songwriter, actress and lawyer. Born in New Delhi, India, Nishi moved with her family to New York when she was 5 years old and has called it home ever since. Nishi began singing at an early age and seriously pursued her talents as a young adult in college and while attending law school. It was at age 9 that she began writing her first songs. Today, she has over 120 finished songs in her catologue, and has written over 200.
Nishi is also an actress who has appeared on film and television and starred in several plays & musical productions in New York City. Nishi's most recent feature film, "Sid's Paralysis", directed by award-winning Pakistani filmmaker Babar Ahmed, will be released in late-2011, and her most recent short film, The Process, by Ethan Sacchi is in post-production. On stage, Nishi just wrapped starring roles as 'Princess Labam' in the Indian fairytale musical 'How Raja's Son Won Princess Labam' with Galli Theater at the National Comedy Center & starred as 'Jamie' in the original play "Killing Time" by Tom Slot which at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in Times Square, New York City.
Nishi released her first EP of original music in 2006 to rave reviews by international press in Canada, the UK, Japan & the U.S. and has performed throughout NYC in acoustic & full-band shows. Nishi's music is a mix of Indian dance, alternative rock and pop. Nishi’s diverse musical styles are a result of various influences ranging from her Indian heritage to her American upbringing. She cites to artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt and Madonna as major influences and to bands such as Guns ‘n Roses, Creed and System of a Down as sources of inspiration.
What no one would guess is that this lovely girl with the haunting voice & sexy dance numbers also works full-time as a lawyer in New York City. While her days are filled with court appearances, her nights are filled with crowded bars, rehearsals and performances. When asked if she would ever leave law to pursue music full-time, Nishi answers resoundingly yes. Music & stage, she says, are her callings and her true passion as a lawyer is human rights law. Nishi serves on the International Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, works pro bono for women’s & children’s charities & is the founding President of her own international human rights non-profit, The Leading Light Foundation.