Find out more about Shabby (Shabnam Dutta Sahi) & Man (Manish Sahi)

When Kipling wrote 'East is East. And West is West. And never the twain shall meet' he had obviously not met Manish and Shabnam Sahi!

 Growing up in two different corners of the world, they  were paired to present the Weekend Breakfast Show on the biggest private radio station in India, TIMES FM, (Radio Mirchi ). What followed was a brilliant partnership - both on and off the airwaves.


Leaving his London roots behind, Manish, a Management Post Graduate, found himself on the sun kissed beaches of Goa in 1995. Long hair, guitar in hand - he was hoping to clinch a record deal with Magnasound while topping up his tan. But Fate had other plans.

 

Within a fortnight and almost on a whim, he got himself recruited as The Voice of Late Night Rock ( 'Music On The Rocks' ) on All India Radio FM 102.6 and that's where the journey really kicked off.

 

Meanwhile, armed with a Masters in Political Science, Shabnam realised she was more than happy to swap Machiavelli for the Microphone when the opportunity arose for her to present 'You Asked For It' - the weekly request show on All India Radio FM 102.6. Her mounting fan mail proved that she had made the right choice.


Over the next five years Shabnam established herself as a popular, acclaimed broadcaster, TV presenter and voice-over talent. American Express, Sony, Ericsson, Domino's Pizza, Motorola, Coke, PVR Cinemas, Lucent Technologies and Boston Technology were all to become long-standing clients.  

Shabnam's voice-over credits for TV include weekly shows on STAR SPORTS ('Sports India' ) , ESPN ( 'Indian Sporting Heroes') , AXN ( 'Let's Go-Karting!') and SONY MAX ( ' Just Cricket' ) - all produced by Trans World International ( TWI - India ). Documentaries and Special Features voiced by her have appeared on STAR PLUS ( 'India Fashion Week' and 'India Business Week' ) and on the national TV Channel, Doordarshan ('Satya - The Truth' ) in English and Hindi.

 

In June 2000, Shabnam became the face of ZEE NEWS when she was hired to read the 8.30 News in English, beamed across Asia, Middle East and The Far East.


By this time, Manish and Shabnam were both well known names.

 

Manish's Rock Show had gained cult status and he was hogging the ratings on Drive Time. He launched the bi-lingual Drive Time Show - 'Citilights' and got the city hooked. He also found time to present the odd Jazz, Country and World Music slots. The glossies couldn't get enough of this 'Mystery Man from London' . Manish's weekly columns on Fashion, Music and Lifestyle began to appear in the national papers. 


His monthly column in a leading Listings magazine, 'Here Delhi' was a tongue-in-cheek look at life in the big city from his weird and wonderful perspective. A spot of Music Consultancy for a dot com site followed soon after. Amidst all this, he was frequently invited to be the Master of Ceremonies at Fashion Shows, Rock Gigs and Corporate Launches.  Manish also became one of the music critics for the Delhi Times, The Times Of India. 

Manish and Shabnam came together professionally for the first time on the weekend breakfast show - 'Mood Swingers' which sent the ratings through the roof and sparked off a serious relationship. They tied the knot in September 1999 and were quick to be branded 'The RJ Couple"

Now based in London and ready to hit the world, Manish and Shabnam joined SUNRISE  RADIO the UK's largest Asian radio station. As SONIA DUTTA , Shabnam had become a household name in the Asian community, presenting a noon show on weekdays and the Bollywood Chart Show on Saturday in addition to producing, scripting and voicing countless ads. 

Manish continued to write occasionally for the Asian papers and completed a course in Acting for performance with LAMBDA.

In 2008 Shabnam spent six months filming a 10 part travel documentary for Kanakna productions (Zodiak media) called India Voor Beginners which aired on Belgium TV in 2009 to much acclaim.

2009 also produced her first book about her experiences filming the show and her views of a rapidly changing India "India Voor Beginners : Snapshots Van Thuis" ( INDIA FOR BEGINNERS : SNAPSHOTS FROM HOME ) was published in Dutch in the same year.

More recently Manish has been writing articles on food, music, lifestyle and movies for a London based Asian magazine "Desiinfo" while contributing to various blogs on food and to sites that feed his new found passion for Street Photography.

Shabnam has been busy writing her second book ( a novel ) and devising a food show while freelancing as a live show host and broadcaster.