Rekha Malhotra, also known as DJ Rekha, pioneered the merging of Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music. Rooted in hip-hop and dub her DJ sets range from Brazilian Baile Funk to Balkan Beats and everything in between.
Her debut album “DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra” (featuring a track with Wyclef Jean) has won much critical acclaim and was nominated for best DJ album by the 2008 Plug Awards. She is the founder of Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co‐founder of Mutiny Club nights. She was named “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times.
Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award‐winning Broadway Show, “Bridge and Tunnel,” and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play “Rafta Rafta.” Rekha was also the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, “A Feet in Two Worlds.” She has done remixes for artists that range from Meredith Monk to Priyanka Chopra.
Rekha was NYU’s A/P/A Artist-in-Residence for 2006-2007. She has received numerous community awards and in 2009, was inducted into the New York City’s Peoples’ Hall of Fame. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed at the Obama White House and internationally. Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. In January of 2017, she performed at the historic Women’s March on DC. She is currently a Masters Candidate in the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. You can hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond on www.btrtoday.com and wherever podcasts are available.
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