Composer | Music Producer
Ishaan Chhabra is a composer and music producer based between Los Angeles and Mumbai.
A graduate in electronic music production and sound design from Berklee College of Music, Ishaan's work ranges from feature films and documentaries to branded commercials.
His first feature film as composer - Children of War (2014) released to critical success. In 2016, Ishaan composed for the movie Budhia Singh: Born to Run, which went on to receive the National Award for Best Children's Film. In 2017, he scored Hansal Mehta's biographical crime thriller Omertà, which received acclaim for its score and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His collaborative scoring work on HBO's 2018 documentary 'Momentum Generation' earned a Sports Emmy Award nomination for 'Best Music Direction'. In 2021, he co-composed for the Academy Award nominated documentary 'Writing With Fire' directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. In the mainstream Hindi film world, he scored Imtiaz Ali's romantic drama ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2020) and Aanand L. Rai's 'Raksha Bandhan' (2022). He has also composed commercials for Intel, History Channel, Renault, Škoda, 7 Up, Qube Digital, NAC and XPloders among many.
He was one of the three finalists for the Rolex Arts Initiative 2016-17, selected and mentored by Philip Glass. As sound designer for Boston-based Sonivox (A division of InMusic Brands), Ishaan created commercially successful virtual sound samples and instruments.
Ishaan also frequently works with Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman as music producer. His work with Mr. Rahman includes Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, Dreamworks’ The Hundred Foot Journey, Majid Majidi's Muhammad: The Messenger of God, Imagine Entertainment's Pelé: Birth of a Legend, Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, and several Hindi and Tamil film projects including Highway, Mom, Kochadaiiyaan, OK Kanmani, Tamasha, and Mohenjo Daro.