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At age 37, Varshan Sookhun has more than twelve years of professional broadcasting behind him. The radio experience began on the KZN based community station Radio Phoenix in 1998 as a programme producer and day-time presenter. He grew from a community household name to gaining national recognition for himself, when in 2001 he joined LotusFM (87.7 -106.8) as presenter of Bollywood Billboard and Midday Spice Shows.  

In 2007 the Durban Theatre Group presented him with two FOOLS AWARDS, in recognition of his contribution to theatre. He was also presented with two accolades by the prestigious MTN Radio Awards in 2012. He was awarded the ‘Best Weekend Show’ and ‘Best Music Show’ for hosting the popular Bollywood Billboard on LotusFM.  Varshan has nurtured a prolific portfolio within the Bollywood industry and has compered several international concerts in Durban and Johannesburg including the Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam Nite, Kunal Ganjawala, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan in Concert, Indian Idols Concerts featuring ZEE TV Serial Actors Prachi Desai, Sushant Singh, Ankita Lokhande and Avinash Sachdev (Choti Bahu).


As Master Of Ceremonies, he makes regular appearances at weddings, parties and corporate events. In 2009, Varshan tried his hand at professional theatre by debuting in the Bollywood stage production Chalo Cinema 4, where he played the role of reality television show host and followed it up with a dancing appearance in Dance With Me Baby Again (Suncoast, Durban). He wrote his first ever full length theatrical script for the Bollywood adaptation of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ , staged at Suncoast, Durban in September 2010. A fashion enthusiast and lifestyle specialist, Varshan plays an integral role in promoting local talent in performing arts, design and movies. He interacts regularly and has interviewed some of the most celebrated personalities from the entertainment fraternity including Noeleen(3 Talk), Janez Vermeiren, Arno Carstens, John Vlismas, Evita Bezuidenhout, Danny K, Shaleen Surtie Richards and International medical expert DR OZ On the Bollywood front, Varshan has been the first amongst South African media to interact with celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ashutosh Gowariker, Shilpa Shetty, John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.  As a journalist and media personality, Varshan has covered the glittery IIFA Awards Exclusively for Lotus FM and has traveled as an invited guest to Bangkok, Dubai, Amsterdam, Mauritius. Singapore, Yorkshire, Macau and Sun City. His television work includes stints for SABC 3, Sony TV and Zee TV and voice over for Saffron TV.

Varshan has contributed to the local print media as a freelance Bollywood columnist and entertainment critic. His articles have featured in The Daily News, The Sunday Tribune, The Rising Sun and Impressions Magazine.

Varshan Sookhun now presents the afternoon drive show the “Afternoon Take Over”, every weekday, from 15:00 to 18:00.



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