Nikhil Chinapa

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Nikhil Chinapa
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Nikhil Chinapa
Born
Kalengada Bhemaiah Chinapa

NationalityIndian
Alma materB.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore
OccupationVJ
DJ
Host
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Pearl Miglani
Children1

Nikhil Chinapa is an Indian DJ, host and festival curator, often credited with popularizing EDM music among the youth in India. He has been associated with MTV India since the late 1990s and has appeared in multiple television shows including Roadies and Splitsvilla.[1] He has been instrumental in popularizing DJing as a profession and leading the music scene at the Sunburn Festival in its early years.[2]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Chinapa was born in Bangalore. His father was a paratrooper in the Indian Army,[3] and as a result he did his early education from different schools in India, including Begumpet's Hyderabad Public School, Hyderabad and Faust High School, Secundarabad, after which he studied in St. George High School Agra. He earned a degree in Architecture from Sreenivasaiah College of Engineering in Bangalore with a thesis on the design of hospitals.[3] His interest in music grew during his college life when he used to do gigs as a DJ in parties to earn his pocket money.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Chinapa married his long-time girlfriend DJ Pearl Miglani in 2012 after a six-year-long relationship. In February 2018, they welcomed their daughter.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

Chinapa's career as a television personality started when he won the MTV VJ Hunt in 1999.[5] Thereon he hosted MTV Select, a show which introduced popular music and bands from the various parts of the world.[6] In 2000 he debuted as an actor with the film Snip!. Later, he hosted shows like India's Got Talent 2 with Ayushmann Khurana and several seasons of MTV Splitsvilla. He also judged shows like Rock On, MTV Mashups, Fame X and seasons 4, 5 and 7 of MTV Roadies.[1] Since the thirteenth season of Roadies, Chinapa has also been playing the role of a Gang Leader in the show.

Chinapa co-founded Submerge in 2003 along with his wife Pearl and Hermit Sethi; it went on to be one of the largest EDM companies in India.[7][8] In 2007, he co-founded Sunburn . In 2013 he parted ways with the Sunburn franchise due to internal issues and co-founded Vh1 Supersonic with his wife Pearl. It continues to be one of India’s biggest dance music festivals.[8]

Television[edit | edit source]

Show [1] Year Role
MTV VJ Hunt 1999 Contestant
Hello Friends 1999 Vikram and Akram
MTV Select 2000 Host
MTV Rock On Host
MTV Splitsvilla 2009–2014 Host
India's Got Talent 2010 Host
MTV Roadies 2017–present Gang Leader

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film [1] Year Role
Snip! 2000
Pyar Kiya Nai Jata 2003 Ravi S. Pillai
Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana 2006
42 kms 2009
Shaitan 2011

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

  • Om Shanti Om (writer: "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om" (The Dark Side)) (2007) [1]
  • Shootout at Lokhandwala ("Unke Nashe Mein - Remix", "Aakhri Alvida - Remix") (2007)
  • Zinda (writer: "Maula", "Maula - Remix", "Zinda Hoon Main", "Zinda Hoon Main - Remix") (2006)
  • Dus (Z version, "Deedar De") (2005)
  • Stop! ("Nachle - Remix") (2004)
  • Salaam Namaste (song remixer) (2005)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Nikhil Chinappa". IMDb.
  2. "Nikhil Chinapa moves on from Sunburn to a new EDM festival". www.telegraphindia.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nikhil Chinapa". DMC World (interview). 12 September 2012.
  4. "Roadies' Nikhil Chinapa becomes a father to baby girl". Times of India. 25 February 2018.
  5. "VJ Sunanda and Gaelyn Mendonca wins Idea MTV VJ Hunt!". www.indiainfoline.com.
  6. Mukherjee, Tatsam (6 June 2017). "To Every 90s Kid, Nikhil Chinapa Made The Job Of A VJ Look Like The Coolest Thing Ever". ScoopWhoop.
  7. "Submerge to launch music label". 10 November 2018 – via Business Standard.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "About". Submerge.

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