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Lopa Kothari

Lopa co-presents an eclectic mix of sounds from around the world, with exclusive sessions and concerts by leading musicians in world music.

Lopa gave up a high-flying career in investment banking to indulge her love of music and as a result has enjoyed a range of careers as diverse as the CDs on her bookshelf.

In 1997, suitcase in hand, she headed off to India, Mumbai in particular, to set her new life in motion. Since then she has produced and presented shows for CNBC, been a newsreader for ITN News, hosted and written the live breakfast show for Channel East, even presented part of the Cat Show for the BBC. More recently she presented for Radio 3 World on your Street stage at WOMAD. Since 2003 she has been at BBC World Service Radio where she presented a news/current affairs programme and is a newsreader.