Local DJ brings Bollywood beats to the World Curry Festival

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For its third year The World Curry Festival is running from the 7th-9th July in the heart of the city.

This year the festival features over 30 vendors cooking up signature dishes to celebrate all things curry. As well as food, entertainment is a big feature for this years’ event with line-ups including the infamous chilli-eating contest, Bellydance performances from Bollywood Dimensions, live instrumental music and the festival’s first ever local Bollywood DJ, Desi Princess, bringing the sounds of South Asia to the capital.

Sonia Singh, known by her stage name Fresh Princess aka DJ Desi Princess – has been DJing in clubs and bars around Canberra for the last 4 years. This year she will be leaving her club beats behind and gracing the stage with Bollywood and Bhangra music over the 3 days – adding her own spice through music.

“I really love what I do and am just excited to be able to share that with Canberrans at the World Curry Festival,” Singh says. “I have actually been a part of the festival since it began in 2015 but from a different angle as a vendor,” says Singh, daughter of the owners of Canberra’s Indian Affair restaurant. “But this year I think I’ll be too busy focusing on my music that I won’t get time to help Mum and Dad serve curry at the Indian Affair stall,” Singh laughs.”

In The City Canberra Chief Executive Officer, Jane Easthope is eager to showcase local Canberra talent at this year’s festival.

As one of the few Bollywood DJs in Canberra, and the only female Bollywood DJ, Singh is really aiming to bring a niche to the market with her music. “DJing this music is like my way of embracing my Indian heritage considering I’ve grown up in Australia…it gets hard to stay connected.”

Find out more about the World Curry Festival here.