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DJ Ritu awarded an MBE in King Charles’ Birthday Honours List 2023

DJ Ritu awarded an MBE in King Charles’ Birthday Honours List 2023

Recognition for pioneering disj jockey and LGBT community….

DJ RITU – as she is best known – receives an MBE for services to music and broadcasting.

A turntable magician at heart, she is one of the pioneers of the Asian music scene in Britain from the 1990s and co-created Club Kali, which continues today and is one of most iconic of spaces for the LGBT South Asian community. She has also been an activist and has made a documentary about Club Kali – which is set to feature at the forthcoming London Indian Film Festival (LIFF- June 22-29, see below for link). She also set up the cult music label Outcaste Records with musician Nitin Sawhney CBE.

Pianist Rekesh Chauhan is a versatile musician and has performed at many prestigious venues both in the UK and Europe and receives a British Empire Medal.
He told “It is a great privilege to be recognised in The King’s Birthday Honours List.
“Music is a lifeline for so many, I am so grateful to be able to connect with our communities through music for causes that deserve attention.” He last spoke to us about the issue of mental health and a video he made helping to draw attention to it. (See links below)

We will have more on the Honours when we have it from Monday (June 19) – the list was publicly released late on Friday (June 16) night.


DJ Ritu:
More about the Club Kali LIFF film:

Rekesh Chauhan

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture