Kalengada Bhemaiah Chinapa, better known as Nikhil Chinapa and VJ Nikhil (born in Bangalore, India on 6 June 1973), is an Indian radio jockey and video jockey and is a popular presenter on MTV India. He was the Festival Director of Asia's premier music festival Sunburn Festival in Goa before parting with Percept INC in fall 2013.
Personal Life and Background[edit | edit source]
Nikhil Chinapa was born in Bangalore and has lived in Agra, where he studied in St. George's College, Agra. His father, an Indian Army Paratrooper, was then transferred to Secunderabad where he studied in Faust and for a few months in Begumpet's Hyderabad Public School. He then went on to study at St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore.
Chinapa is married to DJ Pearl.
Role in The Indian Dance Music Scene[edit | edit source]
Today, Chinapa and his company called Submerge Music are known for having been instrumental in bringing the most prominent DJs to India such as the likes of Above & Beyond, Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Deniz Koyu, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Hardwell and Tiesto.
He has a massive fan following among EDM (Electronic Dance Music) enthusiasts on Twitter and is credited by and large to be a pioneer for EDM in India.
His firm Submerge promotes upcoming DJs and events at clubs in the metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. His name is now synonymous for contemporary dance and music events across India. He started Submerge to promote the image of a DJ as an artist rather than adhering to the popular demand of the audience at clubs.
He is also known to host a popular weekly radio show called 'Together' commonly known as TGTR on Sunday nights on www.tgtr.in featuring both new and commercial tracks along with guest mixes.
He hosts a TV show called MTV roadies, a youth-based popular reality television show on MTV India.The hosts interview contestants and these interviews are designed to bring out the true nature of the participants.
Other Activities[edit | edit source]
In September, 2014, Nikhil Chinapa in collaboration with Indian online fashion brand Koovs.com launched an exclusive new clothing line for men.
Shows[edit | edit source]
- He was the VJ of MTV's one of the most famous shows "MTV Select" in late 90's.
- He was a judge of Fame X in 2006 in its first series alongside Daler Mehndi and Ganesh Hegde.
- He hosted 2 Seasons of "India's Got Talent" along with MTV VJ Ayushmann Khurrana on "Colors" channel
- He was appointed as a jury member in a new show in MTV India known as "Mtv Rock On"
- He was a judge of MTV Roadies Season 4,5,7.
- He solo hosted MTV Splitsvilla seasons 2,4,5.
- He co-hosted MTV Splitsvilla season 3 with Deepti Gujral.
- He co-hosted MTV Splitsvilla season 6 with Sherlyn Chopra.
- He co-hosts MTV Splitsvilla season 7 with Sunny Leone.
- He co-hosts Maldives Travel Awards 2014 with Maldivian presenter Mariyam Waheeda.
Acting[edit | edit source]
He has appeared as an actor in:
His role in Snip! with Sophia Haque created controversy for some explicit scenes with her.
External[edit | edit source]
- Nikhil Chinapa at the Internet Movie Database
- Submerge website (Dance music collective founded and run by Nikhil Chinapa
- VJ Nikhil page on MTV India
|Seasons||1, 2, 3.....13|
|Hosts||Cyrus Sahukar (season 1), Rannvijay Singh (season 2-5), Bani (season 6-7, 9-12)
Ayushmann Khurrana (season 6), Siddharth (season 8), Gaelyn Mendonca (season 13-present)
|Judges & Featured Guests||Raghu Ram (season 1-11), Rajiv Laxman (season 6-9), Nikhil Chinapa (season 3-5, 7),Gulshan Grover(season 4),
Cyrus Sahukar (season 7), Cyrus Broacha (season 7), Rannvijay Singh (season 8-present), Vijender Singh (season 9, 11)
Karan Kundra (season 12-present), Esha Deol (season 12), Neha Dhupia(season 13-present), Sushil Kumar (part of season 13)
Prince Narula (part of season 13-present)
|Winners||Rannvijay Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Parul Shahi, Anthony Yeh, Ashutosh Kaushik, Nauman Sait, Anwar Syed
Aanchal Khuranna, Vikas Khoker, Palak Johal, Nikhil Sachdeva, Prince Narula, Balraj Singh Khehra
|Notable contestants||Shaleen Malhotra, Vishal Karwal, Renee Dhyani, Rannvijay Singh, Ashutosh Kaushik, Ayushmann Khurrana, Bani, Ayaz Ahmed|
Controversy[edit | edit source]
Nikhil Chinapa got into a controversy for his film Snip in which he showcased some explicit scenes with Sophia Haque.
|Affairs, Girlfriends and Marital Status|
|Wife/ Spouse||DJ Pearl (m. 2012)|
|Education and School, College|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Architecture|
|School||Begumpet's Hyderabad Public School, Hyderabad, India
Faust High School, Secundrabad, India
|College/ University||St. George's College, Agra
BMS College Of Engineering, Bangalore
|Favorites Things and Like & Dislike|
|Favorite Colors||White, Grey, Black|
|Favorite Food||Idli, Dosa|
|Favorite Destination||Goa, Thailand|
|Hobbies||Mixing Music, Gymming, Travelling, Biking|
References[edit | edit source]
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