Early life and education
He was born in London, England on 14 October 1978. His father was a diplomat who worked for the Ministry of External Affairs. As a result of his father’s foreign trips Vineet grew up in six different countries and was exposed to a multitude of cultures. He grew up in England, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the USA. He was educated at Delhi Public School R K Puram in New Delhi and at UCSF in California, USA.
Malhotra has an MBA from Bradford University. His first work in front of a camera was as a model and event host. He progressed to be an anchor at Zee Sports in 2005, despite having little exposure to cricket. He began by presenting cricket shows with the likes of Kapil Dev, Pataudi, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Ricky Ponting. He later moved to Ten Sports and then to Neo Cricket. It was at the latter that he devised a program, Baat & Bowl, which is an interactive show that delves into the lives of cricket stars in India.
His reputation as a specialist sports anchor caused him to be invited by national TV channel Doordarshan to host the biggest sports event in the history India, the 19th Commonwealth Games. Subsequently he hosted the 16th Asian Games for the same channel.
While studying in the USA Molhotra began to learn classical piano under the tutelage of Robert Boon, a concert pianist. Finding an affinity with classical composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Bach,[clarification needed] Malhotra mastered playing the instrument.
In 2009 he met Rajan Adlakha, an architect, at a school reunion and together they decided to form an electro-danceband called Shadow. They posted music on MySpace and were spotted by a music producer in Malaysia who encouraged them to participate in an award for independent artists. They were nominated in 12 categories and became the first ever band from India to win an award at the Asian Pacific Voice Independent Music Awards (AVIMA), where they were placed third in the electro/dance category. They promoted their own genre of music, which they call World Progressive Sound.
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