Girl on the Beat

The re­gion’s first and the only woman DJ, Varnika Kundu, who was re­cently in Egypt for a gig, is all set to make her own mu­sic now

India Today - - DISCOVERY - BySukant Deepak

She says you can leave her alone with mu­sic for days, and there would be no com­plaints. This has been true ever since she was in class five when her fa­ther made her an au­dio mixer for her birth­day. She ca­resses her high-end equip­ment as she says this.

The re­gion’s first and only woman DJ, Varnika Kundu, who has been mak­ing peo­ple groove to her tunes for the past six years, in fact, this is the only pro­fes­sion where she can feel at peace. “I al­ways wanted a job where I can lis­ten to mu­sic all day long,” says the 28-year-old res­i­dent of Panchkula. In­sist­ing that she loves the en­ergy of the dance mu­sic and can ef­fort­lessly play 24 hours non-stop, Kundu, who was re­cently in Egypt for a gig, plays reg­u­larly at clubs in Delhi and Mum­bai, be­sides Chandi­garh.

At­tribut­ing her suc­cess to the sup­port from her par­ents, the young DJ says that they gave her wings and a spirit to find her call­ing in life for it would have been im­pos­si­ble for her to take this up had her par­ents ob­jected her de­ci­sion. “They were happy that I fin­ished my grad­u­a­tion from Pan­jab Univer­sity, Chandi­garh in 2010. My par­ents stand by me.”

Con­trary to pop­u­lar per­cep­tion, Kundu has never faced a prob­lem be­cause of her gen­der. “It has al­ways worked for me. Not many peo­ple have grooved to the beats of a woman DJ, after all it’s still a boy’s club. And to be hon­est, I’ll be quite dis­ap­pointed if an­other woman en­tered the scene to share the lime­light,” she adds. Though ad­mit­ting that it’s eas­ier for her man­ager to get friendly with club own­ers and gig or­gan­is­ers, Kundu adds, “They take a lit­tle time to open up to me. But I guess that is nat­u­ral.”

For Kundu, mak­ing her own mu­sic is the ul­ti­mate aim. She has made sev­eral tracks al­ready. “Be­ing a DJ can take me only so far. I need to fin­ish some more tracks be­fore re­leas­ing my al­bum. There was a time when I started learn­ing how to play a gui­tar, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.”

Though ‘Mir­a­cle Drugg’ is how peo­ple know her, Kundu says that mu­sic is the only drug that gives her a high. “Of course when peo­ple see me in the mid­dle of a per­for­mance, their imag­i­na­tion gen­er­ally runs wild,” says the high-spir­ited artiste.

Be­ing the only woman DJ in the re­gion has al­ways worked for me. Not many peo­ple have grooved to the beats of a woman DJ, after all it’s still a boy’s club. And to be hon­est, I’ll be quite dis­ap­pointed if an­other woman en­tered the scene to share the lime­light.

Pho­to­graph by SAN­DEEP SAHDEV

Varnika Kundu

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