You may have seen her on Good Morning America. DJ Kalcutta is one of the most popular deejays spinning tunes at some of the hottest nightspots in the country, reports the American Bazaar.
The Indian American was born in a Mother Teresa orphanage in Calcutta, India. Today she the warm up acts for such stars as Kesha and Lil Jon and is in demand to spin tunes in the biggest parties and clubs in Aspen, Chicago, the Hamptons, Boston, DC, LA, Miami, Vegas, Sao Paolo, Anguilla, the Bahamas, Kingston, and Cancun.
The Wisconsin-raised Kalcutta says she grew up identifying with black culture more than her Asian culture.
“While there’s definitely a lot of racism in smaller Midwest cities, my biggest challenge was overcoming my own racial identity crisis,: she said. “I thought I was black until I was 17. I had no idea I was Indian. I didn’t know any Indian people and couldn’t relate to the Indian culture. Growing up all my dolls were either black baby dolls or black Barbie dolls and definitely no Indian dolls. Where I grew up there no Hispanics, Asians or Indians…people were either black or white. Growing up with the skin color I have and fact that I had really curly hair, people in my community thought I was black and I didn’t know any better when I was little.”
You can read about the star that gave her her first big break and her keys to success in American Bazaar.