For those that don't know you, could you please introduce yourself?
I’m DJ Ritu – my DJ career began 32 years ago at the London Lesbian and Gay Centre in Farringdon. I started out as a pop music specialist but gradually got propelled into South Asian and ‘world’ sounds. I’m London born and bred, and went to my first Pride march in 1985. Thereafter, I became one of the founders of Shakti, and went on to create Club Kali (1995).
For many years my ‘real’ job was as a youth centre manager in Haringey, but much of my ‘working’ life is centred around the music industry – I began broadcasting for the BBC in 1991, co-founded Outcaste Records in 1994, and toured a large proportion of the world with my bands Sister India and The Asian Equation. Currently, I present a radio show called A World in London, manage two club nights, and do various other music-related bits and pieces!
What led you to start Club Kali?
I wanted to create a safe and welcoming community space for LGBTQ people, which championed music from South Asia.
Why is Desi Lesbians an important event for you to be a part of?
Because Desi Lesbians are important! We’re often overlooked, misunderstood, or misrepresented. There is always room for more visibility, and more opportunities to come together and talk/support each other.
Meet DJ Ritu, and join us for an evening of female-led films, thought-provoking discussion, drinks and DJ sets. The panel is hosted by Reeta Loi, co-founder of Gaysians.
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