Ashanthi De Alwis (Sinhala:අශාන්ති ද අල්විස්), known simply as Ashanthi, is a Sri Lankan rapper, singer and songwriter. She is the only Sri Lankan female rapper who signed with international record labels Sony Music and Universal Music in 2006. She began her career as a rapper with BnS, 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 2006 through M Entertainments.Her debut solo album Sandawathuren was released in 2006.This was the first hip hop solo album to be released by a Sri Lankan female.Her general style of music is ethnic hip hop with massive market appeal. Sandawathuren was sung in Sinhala, with the exception of two English songs.
Ashanthi has toured internationally in countries throughout Europe, North America, Australasia and Asia. In 2008, Dialog signed up Ashanthi to be a brand ambassador for their pre-paid brand KIT.
At the 2013 Derana Music Video Awards, Ashanthi won the award for ‘Best Hip Hop Video’ for Alawanthiyak. She also recorded the 11th anniversary jingles for Y FM, Sri Lanka in November 2016. From 2020 onwards she joined with the widely popular voice teen (srilanka) as a coach.