Anjali explores where she finds connection through her roots, music & movement.

“We all have roots that are super personal and unique to us. I never really knew that my roots were going to inform my creative output but being a mixed babe, connecting with both my sides has always been critical. My personal story is so central to what I put out into the world. My roots don’t limit me but they guide me & when I’m lost they’re what I return to.”

About the speaker

DJ Anjali is a dancer, mad party propagator, radio show host & record collector. She hosts several of Portland’s most legendary dance parties.

At her club debut on New Year’s Eve 2000, she introduced Portland to the sounds of the South Asian Desi diaspora, playing UK Bhangra & Asian Underground. Since then, she has performed at numerous festivals & club nights including Sasquatch! Festival, Decibel, Beloved, Photosynthesis, Basement Bhangra, Non-Stop Bhangra, Bhangrateque, iBomba, Indian Summer Festival (Vancouver, BC), Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration & Matatu Festival.

Along with her partner, The Incredible Kid, they host the world’s longest running Desi Party, ANDAZ, playing Bhangra & Bollywood monthly since 2002. After a near 10 year run at Holocene, they retired their ATLAS party with co-host E3 & created TROPITAAL! A Desi Latinx Soundclash (monthly since 2013). Together they host a weekly radio show, playing gems from their vintage vinyl collections. CHOR BAZAAR airs every Wednesday on XRAY.FM.

Anjali also teaches Panjabi folk (Bhangra & Giddha) and Bollywood weekly at The Viscount Dance Studio. You can hear her dj mixes on SoundCloud.

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