Nikhil Chinapa

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 90's and has appeared in multiple television shows including Roadies and Splitsvilla. He had also hosted India's Got Talent 2 with Ayushmann Khurana.[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]

Nikhil Chinapa
Nikhil Chinapa
Kalengada Bhemaiah Chinapa

(1973-06-06) 6 June 1973
Alma materBMS College of Engineering, Bangalore
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Pearl Miglani

Early life

Chinapa was born in Bangalore on 6 June 1973. His father, Lt. Col. Bhemaiah Chinapa was an Indian Army Paratrooper. Due to his father's job he did his early education from different schools in India like Begumpet's Hyderabad Public School, Hyderabad and Faust High School, Secundarabad. After which he studied in St. George High School Agra. He completed his degree in Architecture from BMS Engineering College Bangalore. His mother's name is Ganga Chinapa and he has a sibling named Nitish Chinapa. 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

Chinapa married his long-time girlfriend Pearl Miglani in 2012 after a six-year-long relationship.[3]


Chinapa's career as a television personality started when he won the MTV VJ Hunt in 1999.[4] Thereon he hosted MTV Select, a show which introduced popular music and bands from the various parts of the world.[5] 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, which went on to be one of the largest EDM companies in India.[6][7] 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.[7]


Show [1] Year Role
MTV VJ Hunt 1999 Contestant
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


Film [1] Year Role
Snip! 2000
Hello Friends 1999
Pyar Kiya Nai Jata 2003 Ravi S. Pillai
Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana 2006
42 kms 2009
Shaitan 2011


  • 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


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