Listen to Ashanti Omkar every Sunday from 2-4pm every week, on the BBC Asian Network, online, on DAB, satellite, on your phone or the BBC iPlayer and with a 4 weeks to listen back to each show, if you miss it. Listen back here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mv017/episodes/player
Ashanti OMkar is a Royal Greenwich, London based British Asian media persona, and recipient of the Nari Shakti (phenomenal woman) award from Usha and Lakshmi Mittal in 2014. She works in the UK, as a print/proadcast journalist, compère, consultant, curator and enjoys a decade in media, having thousands of print published pages in her words, and some print magazine covers too, alongside radio, TV and web journalism.
Born in Sri Lanka (South Asia) and raised in Nigeria (West Africa) and Denmark and England (Europe), she moved to London, UK just before her teens and graduated from The University of London with an Upper 2:1 Hons in Management, Marketing and IT.
She left behind a flourishing corporate career, having worked for the likes of Oracle, Business Objects, Pepsi Cola and the Hilton Group, for the exciting world of entertainment and media. She also runs a social media consultancy firm called Omkari consultancy.
She has interviewed many personalities, from AR Rahman and Akon to Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Freida Pinto, Mani Ratnam, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone et al. She has worked on cover stories with the likes of Bollywood stars like Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan on them and also contributed to websites like The NRI (non resident Indian). She has often been quoted in UK’s premium entertainment website, Digital Spy as well as in newspapers and magazines like The National, The Observer and she has also contributed to the stylish Monocle Magazine Radio as a culture expert.
She has been contributing editor for BBC Publishing (Immediate Media) and their Cineworld Unlimited Magazine,which enjoyed over around a half Million in print circulation on top of an award winning online and iPad edition, and has always closely in been association with Cineworld Cinemas since 2007. She has also been the London correspondent for Anokhi Magazine (Canada/US/UK), Galatta Magazine (in glossy print in India and via Magzter for Android and iPad platforms, worldwide), and you can hear her on both BBC London 94.9FM and BBC West Midlands 95.6FM as an Indian cinema and Bollywood Expert. She had also written music reviews for the BBC.
She has consulted, curated and compered at places like the London Mela, BAFTA, Queen Elizabeth Hall, at The Southbank Centre, London, The O2, Saddlers Wells, et al. She works closely with the London Indian Film Festival on the media management side, and has been the consulting liaison for the UK vertical of India’s foremost Bollywood marketing company, Spice since 2010.
You can also watch her past interviews and red carpet coverage, on IndyBrown.TV, in tandem with BollySpice/Metro/IMDB/Google News (this links to the international launch of the forthcoming 3D mtion capture period fantasy film from India, entitled Kochadaiiyaan, shot at Pinewood studios UK, with South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth, double Grammy and Oscar winner, AR Rahman.
She was featured on the cover of movieScope magazine, alongside Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman and Rosario Dawson, and Bollywood actress and international recording star, Priyanka Chopra, in their women in film issue. More here: http://www.moviescopemag.com/market-news/featured-editorial/moviescope-women-in-film-issue-cover-stars/
Follow her, out and about, on Twitter or subscribe to her on her Facebook friends page (as this maxed out in 2008 with the Facebook limit of 5000, all updates are public, so please click follow) or her Facebook Page, musing and interacting about her beloved city, London and her passions of film, music, food, travel and inspiring quotes. She also photographs a slice of her life and travels, via Instagram.
Watch Ashanti Omkar giving the opening speech at BAFTA, London, for the music launch with Sony Music India, and Gautham Vasudev Menon, for the hit film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.