About Ashanti Omkar FRSA

A lead quote by Ashanti Omkar on the poster for this famous Ken Loach film, at Oxford Circus, London

I’m a freelancer with nearly 2 decades of experience in the UK mediascene , leaving behind a corporate consultancy career, working for Oracle, Hilton Group, PepsiCo. I’m a Fellow of the RSA and the first South Asian woman member of the UK Critics’ Circle, Film and Music sections, and am part of the awards and diversity committees too. UK Film Critics’ Circle awards and inclusion committees and the music section too, plus a Sundance x BIFA voter, and a BRITs awards voter.

I’ve done a lot of work at the BBC | BBC Sounds for a decade now including BBC News Channel TV about Disney Plus, BBC World TV paying tribute to an Indian musical icon who passed away due to Covid last year, appeared on BBC Radio London and WM/CWR, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 – Front Row, and have worked with the BBC Asian Network, curating and broadcasting, and have delivered chats with Radhika Apte (British Spy thriller A Call To Spy) on mental health, will.i.am about culture, Idris Elba talking about double Grammy/Oscar winner AR Rahman, Cannes Palme d’Or winning director Jacques Audiard, Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel, director Gurinder Chadha, Priyanka Chopra Jonas about her latest projects, on top of cultural, music and film content. BBC Radio Broadcaster, featuring interviews with guests like pop superstar will.i.am, BAFTA, double Oscar double Grammy winner AR Rahman.

I’ve written about representation matters getting an uplift via streaming services in The Guardian and UK’s Metro Newspaper whose opinion section gets 55 Millions views per month, facilitated a chat with Paul Laverty (Ken Loach’s collaborator) & film director Ramin Bahrani for Netflix/BAFTA, made various appearances at The BFI, done recent interviews and reviews for Total Film Magazine and pop onto the Inside Total Film Podcast from time to time, I facilitated a recent Q&A for Bertha Doc House, and have written for the Independent, and appeared on Monocle 24, Girls on Film and the BBFC podcast.

I’ve been a published writer and section editor for print and web with magazines like Asian Woman Magazine, been a section editor for BBC Publishing/Immediate Media’s Cineworld Unlimited Magazine and Canadian glossy lifestyle magazine, Anokhi, and is well known from the early wave of Apple iTunes podcasts in 2007 featuring guests like Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Shah Rukh Khan, bridging India and the UK.

I’ve worked with the London and Birmingham Indian Film Festival media consultant and event programmer for a decade, with venues like The BFI, Picturehouse and Cineworld Cinemas, The Barbican, V&A, Tate Modern, Science Museum, ICA, MAC Birmingham, HOME Manchester and has worked with talent like Oscar nominees Mira Nair (A Suitable Boy, Amelia, Mississippi Masala) and Deepa Mehta (Fire, Earth, Water), actresses Gillian Anderson, Emma Thompson, Freida Pinto, Radhika Apte, late actor Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Lunchbox, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World), and Girl with a Pearl Earring director Peter Webber. The festival became hybrid in 2020, with a proprietary online platform at http://www.loveliffathome.com and continues to also showcase films and talks at top cinemas like The BFI Southbank London, Ciné Lumière at IFRU London, The Barbican Centre, Everyman Manchester, MAC Birmingham et al.

I’ve been a music events consultant and curator having worked with AEG Live (The O2), SSE Arena Wembley, and The London Mela, and has worked with top Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Farhan Akhtar, as a strategist and consultant.

I’ve been featured on several BFI film panels, given talks at her alma mater, Royal Holloway, and University of London, as well as at King’s College, City University, University Of Greenwich, and LSE, and been heard on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, BBC 5 Live, BBC London, BBC West Midlands, NPR, Monocle Radio, on the BBFC Podcast, and on Girls On Film, and seen on BBC World News and London Live TV. Words by her have appeared in The Guardian, Variety, The Metro, Time Out, The Independent, FT, Digital Spy, Radio Times, Songlines Magazine, HuffPost, and The Telegraph.

I was in the early wave of social media influencers, from her erstwhile 10K following on MySpace, to now wielding over 70K well engaged followers across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Read more at https://linktr.ee/ashantiomkar

40 thoughts on “About Ashanti Omkar FRSA”

  1. Hello.

    A little bird reffered me to your site and its taken me two whole days to explore it’s contents before finally landing on your blog – it’s been a very interesting journey. You radiate life!

    I’ve only been to a few countries and I already feel like I’ve been marinated in too much culture my head might explode. How do you do it?

    I read your article about growing up in Nigeria. Can you imagine it reminded me how much I miss Tom Yam soup. I guess some foods the tongue never forgets…. plus it’s a small world.

    Now let me go read more of your delicious writings hehe… 🙂

    1. Hello Kem Chan Ashanti,

      I enjoy your show BBC Asian Network Sunday your thoughts and reading life is brilliant I been to India Bangloare 6 years 2009 see Sai Baba.
      I like to come and see your show like to work with u.

      Cheers Chirag

  2. hey ashanti,

    thank you for leaving our names > klg sqwad under your review.

    means the world to us. keep in touch.

    would love to mail you the album when it comes out. thank you.

  3. Dear Ashanti,

    Let me be a part of your “fanclub” too! 🙂

    It is wonderful to see a young (you’re the same age as I and I think I am terribly young!), multicultural woman doing something she loves.

    It’s going to be exciting to see how well we can work together!

    Warm regards,

    Shakthi

  4. Hey ashanti!

    the blog is looking great. fantastic pics and i love the “tag cloud.”
    the conversation about multiple identities and also cross-cultural ties is so dear to my heart, i’m grateful to connect with you.

    keep at it!

    peace and love,

    damali

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  6. Hi Ashanti,

    Thanks a million for your support…..nice page u have….keep your reviews coming….it’s very motivating for simple musicians like me.

    Wish you all the best.

  7. Was such a pleasure to meet you at rhe Grovenor Hous where you organised the Meet & Greet Super Star Salman Khan. You were so proffesional and yet had an easy and laidback attitide which made the guest media personal very comfortable and atease.

    Us those that attended the event have nothing but praise for you.

    Kudos to you and your team for organising a smooth event.

  8. Hey Ashanti. Really feels great to connect with you.

    What we share in common is the fact that even i spent my initial childhood in Zambia – Africa, and both of us are seeped into the World of Entertainment.

    I wish you all the very best and may your creative cap overflow with many feathers of Glory.

    Cheers n God Bless.

    Rahul

  9. Hello Ashanti,

    I love to follow you on facebook. You’re a lovely, beautiful and intelligent woman. It strikes to me that you let your head a little bit down on photo’s. Please, keep your head up and look straight to the world. No need to be shy. We love to see your smile and sparkling eyes. I couldn’t find an email adres, that’s why I write this message here, but please delete it after you have read it, this is more a private kind of message.

  10. This, I see as just a sort of unofficial PR line that basically puts us right back in the same place we started. But it seemed like everyone was picking up on it (a few places, anyway), so I figured I might as well join in.

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