When I moved to the US in 2002, I had all my worldly belongings in 4 suitcases. I brought with me, exotic Indian spices and exotic Indian music. I settled readily into my new hometown, but always had the warmth from the spices and the music to draw from. The music kept me connected to my roots, helped me bridge across cultures and create my own new traditions.
Music has always been a very important part of my life. And I was perhaps a little obsessed with creating playlists at one time. But I never thought that I’d spin music on the radio some day.
KBCS welcomed me in 2007 and I felt instantly at home. Since then, I have been on a journey of discovery of both the music and the culture of South Asia. I have become a student of sorts and it gives me joy to be able to share my understanding with listeners. I have also endeavored to alter some of the stereotypes around South Asian music.
There are so many layers and genres between Bollywood and Pt. Ravi Shankar, that are lost to the general world. And KBCS has provided a showcase of sorts with The Spice Route, to bring those songs and stories to the world. It is a show that explores the immensely rich musical diversity of South Asia and allows us to make musical journeys through vast unknown landscapes.
I am both honored and humbled to host The Spice Route.