Here is a list of the top Indian Female DJs who are giving their male counterparts a fierce competition, because why should guys have all the fun. Take a look at our girls (in no particular order) who are notably making it big nationally and are ready to fly high internationally.
Gouri Sharma, a proactive Air-Hostess (with Air India) and an MBA from Symbiosis, is a self-taught disc jockey. Subtle, classy and trendy is what defines her. Began DJ’ing in 2014, she holds command over Trap, Hip-Hop, Psychedelic, Commercial House and Electro; and manages to shuffle in between passion and profession pretty well. She looks up to Nucleya and Chris Lake for her musical inspiration.
Paroma Chatterjee is a Mumbai-based DJ and a former Air Hostess with Jet Airways. She was the official DJ of Extraaa Innings IPL 7 (2014) and also one of the jury members of Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs (2016,2017). She was the 2nd runners-up (2014-15) and the 1st Runners-Up (2015-16) for Best Bollywood DJ in MyFavAwards. Also having won the Best Female DJ (2018-19) by WOW Awards, Asia, she definitely qualifies as one of the top Indian female DJs.
Read an interesting interview with her.
Nandini Nair or Nandini Sree is better known as DJ Envy. Born in Thiruvalla, Kerala and brought up partly in Dubai, Delhi, and Kochi, she has now become one of the most sought-after DJs in the southern Indian circuit. She began her career as a VJ in Dubai, went on to be an RJ, host a celebrity talk-show on the radio called ‘Hello Namaste‘, it still airs. She has been extensively doing films, television, judging shows (in both India and abroad) along with being a successful DJ.
Nair proudly states that she takes inspiration from Laidback Luke, Carl Cox, and Afro Jack. Though she has received an immense amount of humiliation about her career choice, she didn’t waver from her path. She smiled through it to be the only female DJ of Kochi and earned a name for herself in various fields. Her resident fields are Bollywood, Electro, Deep, Tech, and Neurofunk.
Kolkata-born and Mumbai-based Priyanjana Ghoshal has worked her way upwards to be signed by ‘Slick!’ which is one of the country’s quickest growing EDM agencies. A familiar name at Sunburn, she secured residencies at some of the hottest clubs of the country at the beginning of her career and thereafter, also graced almost all top festivals like Krank, Echos of the Earth, and Supersonic. She has a massive following in Abu Dhabi, where she recently played at the F1 Finale 2018. One of the most sought-after opening performers, who has opened for artists like Wolfpack, GuyJ, Sharam, and Skazi. She was also amongst the three top DJs in the House category of the reputable MyFavAwards, 2014.
The first female Indian DJ (acc. to Limca Book of Records), Kary, began DJ’ing back in 1997. She joined a sound and light company in Delhi to hone her digital learning of the console. She started learning the nitty-gritty of music in between shifting jobs. Her primary training of keyboard and music came from Guru Ravi Prakash, after which she pursued Audio Engineering to improve her skills of songwriting, from SAE Institute in Chennai. She’s been a globetrotter since then, playing at different parts of the world.
Her kitty holds jingles to Bollywood songs and her forte ranges from being a DJ to music composer to singer and many more. From her first single in 2008, ‘Funny Happy B’day to U’ for Meow FM to releasing two singles ‘Sanware ki Dhun‘ and ‘De De Deedaar De‘ with Spectral Records in 2013, she made a huge career difference. Notably, in 2013, she debuted as a music composer for the Bollywood film ‘Satya 2’ with the song ‘Satya is Back Again‘. She, furthermore, composed the song ‘Tinko ke Sahare‘ (2015) for the film Angry Indian Goddesses. Kary featured in the documentary 360 Degree DJs and was ranked as one in top five DJs in Delhi for two years.
Stepped into DJ’ing in 2007, she was one of the contenders in the War of DJs (2007). This Mumbai-based DJ learned the art under DJ Suketu. Her favorite genres to work on are Bollywood and EDM. She is currently the Head Faculty for CD DJ’ing and Digital DJ’ing at PartyMap Institute, Mumbai.
A drummer before she turned into a world-class DJ, Angel Johall, started spinning back in 2007. She is a versatile DJ who also doubles up as a stylist. She has successful track remixes from films like Aashiqui 2, Shaadi Ke Side effects, Dedh Ishqiya, Dishkiyaoon, Heropanti, Creature, Kick, Tevar, Boss, Bullet Raj, Jai Ho, R. Rajkumar, Khamosiyaan, and Roy. Her musical style compromises of Electronic House, Pop House, and Bollywood. She has more than five lakh followers on Facebook. Therefore, it is evident that she’s quite a diva in the international clubs of Chicago, Toronto, Dubai, Dhaka, etc.
Commercial House, Hip-Hop, and Bollywood are her dominant genres. She is in business for four years now. In such a short time she is already playing for the KKR post-parties at ITC Kolkata. She has, additionally, played for the IPL Final post-party in 2015, held at Kolkata. Banglore-based DJ Rhea Sarkar has performed for several festivals like DUSK, United and SKY Festival. Therefore, she’s one to look out for among the top Indian female DJs.
A fantastic DJ and additionally the winner of MTV Splitsvilla 5, Akanksha Popli is one of the most celebrated DJs of Delhi. Not only that, but she’s a known face in the clubbing circuit of countries like Thailand, Bahrain, Malaysia, and Singapore. This vivacious DJ has a professional career span of more than ten years and has played during the movie promotion of Chennai Express along with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Consequently, it is going to be easy to say that she particularly enjoys spinning Bollywood and EDM genres. She’s shared the stage with the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Honey Singh, Neha Dhupia, Udita Goswami, etc. She also owns one of the leading salons, ‘KREATIVE’ in New Delhi.
A DJ who’s a success is not just limited to her console makes for one in the top Indian female DJs that our country boasts of.
This actress turned DJ is a true amalgamation of panache and musical talents. She is India’s first Bollywood actor turned DJ with multiple Bollywood official remixes in her kitty. With stints in several advertisements and films like Style, Jo Bole So Nihaal, Right or Wrong, Thank You, and Heroine to making the crowd dance to her tunes, she’s got it all to be in the top female Indian DJs list. Her patent style of music mixing is Bollywood.
Among her most notable hits Baby Doll remix from Ragini MMS that received 3 million views on Youtube alone, and more than 23 million downloads. DJ’ing since 2012, she has won the ‘Young Women Achievers Award’ (2015) for her contribution to music. She grabs inspiration from Axwell’s music and says that his music is soulful and makes her happy and consequently inspires her musical sense.
Not to mention that, apart from playing at fests like Sunburn, Shilpi Mudgal/Sharma is also a professional Scuba Diver.
Read a heart-to-heart interview of the star DJ.
The list keeps ever-growing and glorifying with the passing time as new talents join hands with the maestros. Above are the 10 top Indian female DJs ruling not just charts but the hearts of people around the globe.