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. He has been instrumental in popularizing DJing as a profession and leading the music scene at the Sunburn Festival in its early years.
Kalengada Bhemaiah Chinapa
6 June 1973
|Alma mater||BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore|
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.
Chinapa's career as a television personality started when he won the MTV VJ Hunt in 1999. Thereon he hosted MTV Select, a show which introduced popular music and bands from the various parts of the world. 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. 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. 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.
|MTV VJ Hunt||1999||Contestant|
|MTV Rock On||Host|
|India's Got Talent||2010||Host|
|MTV Roadies||2017–present||Gang Leader|
|Pyar Kiya Nai Jata||2003||Ravi S. Pillai|
|Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana||2006|
- Om Shanti Om (writer: "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om" (The Dark Side)) (2007)
- 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)
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- "Submerge to launch music label". November 10, 2018 – via Business Standard.
- "About". Submerge.
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