HOSTING the evening show on Bengalurua��s 91.9 Indigo FM, 30-year-old Shagufta Ahmed, who hails from Nellore, is a well known name in the radio circuit of the garden city. The music that she plays on her gig and the style of her presenting is a perfect on-air match. When you are in Bengaluru and inching your way through traffic, RJ Shagufta will be there to give you company. Herea��s our chat.
Tell us about your radio journey so far.
Ita��s been quite an unexpected journey that started years ago. I started out as an intern at Radio Indigo, because the boy I was in love with lived in Bangalore and I was studying in Pune. I eventually was offered a job by the company and chose it over other jobs in Mumbai because at that time I was a lovesick young adult. The then programming director, Kenny Jones, noticed that I was quite the drama queen and had the gift of the gab, so he encouraged me to come on his morning show for a gossip segment. Eventually I went from gossip queen to having my own mid-morning show, and then moved to the evening slot.
On air what does Shagufta bring to the table?
On air Shagufta is herself. Shea��s got a confused accent and questions everyone and everything around her. Shea��s an observer and tries to include the audience in her observations too. Shea��s always looking for perspectives and shea��s definitely all about the music. Basically Shagufta brings out the weird side in everybody; it helps her believe that shea��s not the only crazy one out here.
Tell us about your evening drive.
My evening drive is full of Bengaluru traffic and noise. I try to give exactly what my listeners need a�� a helicopter and great music. At least I can provide them one of those things.
What next from you?
I hope to continue playing music for Bengaluru. I also want to write a book but I do not think anyone will buy it. Ia��m working on it. In the mean time, ita��s The Evening Show with Shagufta.
See you next week.