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A doctor and a DJ

Monika Doshi straddles two diverse professions with consummate ease

MONIKA DOSHI has a "split personality". She does not suffer from it, but benefits from it. As a doctor by day and disk jockey by night, she is living in a halfway house between the operating table and the turntable. The doctor-cum-DJ took the consoles this past weekend at Flame Le Club, the discotheque at Le Royal Meridien.

How does she manage to scribble prescriptions as well as "mix" music? "I do not have my priorities muddled. In terms of time, DJ-ing takes second place to my profession as a gynaecologist. And I have found that both scalpel and spindle can exist side by side," explains Monika.

What started as a hobby a year ago has now become a part-time profession. DJ Monika is today classed among the country's handful of professional female DJs.

"I spotted an advertisement in the papers about DJ Suketu's workshop on DJ-ing. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that I had the aptitude for DJ-ing. I picked up the nuances in half the time it normally takes. DJ Suketu urged me that even after the workshop I should stick to DJ-ing. Through his company, Audio Elite, he ensured that I kept getting assignments. Thanks to him, I have stayed the course," says Monika.

After the workshop, she bought herself a turntable from London, and mixers and a CD player from Singapore.

"In India, these equipment cost twice their price," says Monika.

Why do men hog the turntables? Why are there very few women DJs?

"DJ-ing means late nights. And that is not okay with most parents. They often dissuade aspiring women DJs from this career. Personally, I did not hear a murmur of protest from my parents."

Does Chennai measure up to other cities, vis--vis DJ-ing?

"With discos, nightclubs and pubs dime-a-dozen, Delhi and Mumbai are the really happening places for DJs. Cities such as Hyderabad are catching up. My experience of Chennai is too little for me to comment."

Later that evening, Monika set Flame Le Club ablaze with an interesting collection which included 50 Cents, Escape by Enrique, Jab Andhera Hota Hai, Shiny Disco Balls, Pyar Zindagi Hai and Sexy Lady by Shaggy.

Her performance did full service to her repertoire - house, tribal house, club, retro and trance.


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