Theatre has been a part of Devaki’s family for over 90 years. As a toddler in the crib,
she would be at her parent’s rehearsals and listen to them perform. She started her
journey in theatre at the age of five. Beginning with the chorus, she worked as a child
artist, played a few main roles, managed productions, and has grown to be a solo
performer. Devaki started her journey in radio 18 years back. Radio pushed her to find
her own mojo & personality of expression to the audience. With an incredible journey
for over 18 years, Devaki rules the airwaves. She’s the most awarded RJ in the last one
and half decades. Concerning her acting, she won the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva
Puraskar 2017 for her contributions to Theatre. She also represented India in Malta at
the International Radio Festival. To all the awards Devaki received, she wittily adds,
“It’s surprising when you get awards, people think you are good. But the fact is, you
got the awards because you were good”.
Q. What is your favourite word?
Love. My father just passed away about 6 months ago. As a kid, we used to carry autograph books to different people. It used to have hearts, flowers, a few questions about the favorite player, question with an unfinished phrase –Love is…. (blank), Friendship is….. (blank). My father filled them up as – Love is an illusion. I sat beside him on his deathbed and apologized for the things I did wrong as a child. I felt like I must have hurt him somehow then he told me this one thing. Devaki, throughout my life I fought for things that hurt me and sometimes said to people about how they have hurt me, but today, at the gist of my life I tell you that there is nothing beyond love in the world. All of us struggle for the same thing in the end. We just want to be loved. If you can give that to people, that's what matters