Rekha Malhotra (a.k.a DJ Rekha)

DJ Rekha pioneered merging 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” features a track with Wycelf 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” and was 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. Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released on E1 Music.  Rekha was NYU’s A/P/A Artist-in-Residence for 2006-2007. Rekha has received numerous community awards and in 2009, 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 White House and internationally. DJ Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. You hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond on

She has interned with Sakhi for South Asian women, has served on advisory boards of Breakthrough, and the South Asian Womens Creative Collective.  Rekha is a founding member of SAYA(South Asian Youth Action) and South Asians in Media and Marketing.