Oscar music segment to feature DJ Ravi Drums

Performer serves as 'Howie Do It' music director

DJ Ravi Drums, music director on NBC's "Howie Do It," will perform as part of the 81st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Drums, who bills himself as the first and only Indian-American music director of a network TV series, will perform in the musical segment of the show, which will feature best original song nominees "Jai Ho" and "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire" as well as "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E."

"This is an incredible pop culture moment to be an Indian-American," Drums said. "To be performing on the Oscars when a top contender has an Indian story line makes me very proud."

Drums combines performance as a percussionist with live remixing.