Ashanthi de Alwis is a female Sri Lankan music artist. She is the only Sri Lankan female R&B / Hip-Hop artist to be signed to an international record label, Sony Music in 2003 and Universal Music in 2006. She began as a singer with Bathiya and Santhush, and continued that role after achieving solo success.
Ashanthi's first major label album was as half of the duo Ashanthi'n'Ranidu, with the album Oba Magemai released in 2003. Her debut solo album Sandawathuren was released in 2006. This was the first R&B hip hop, solo album to be released by a Sri Lankan woman. Her general style of music is ethnic R&B and hip-hop coupled with pop & soul ballads of mass market appeal. Sandawathuren was sung in the Sinhala language, with the exception of two English songs.
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