Ghimire Yubaraj is a celebrated name in Nepali drama. He is the founder and artistic director of Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali. He graduated from Commedia International Theatre School, Denmark in 2011. As a young child, Ghimire used to act in drama at school in Morang. After high school, he joined a year long course in acting organized by Rastriya Nach Ghar.
It is only after this that Ghimire found his passion in theatre and started his career in the field which would give him unique identity.
In conversation with Republica’s Prasansha Rimal, Ghimire shares five interesting things many may not about him.
Mystery behind the name
During the initial phase of his career, a respected journalist who had the same name as him was renowned in Kathmandu. But Ghimire wanted to create a different identity and be known for his own talent. He wanted to stand out in a different shade of fame in his own field so decided to use his last name first and first name last.
It may come as a shock when people find out that this theatre enthusiast did his high school in commerce. He says even though he didn’t understand the use of algebra or account as a child, he always excelled in mathematics. As a student he was always interested in English because of its content.
Loves to read and watch movies
Ghimire loves to read in his free time. He usually reads 2-3 books at the same time. He loves to read Franz Kafka’s fictions and Samuel Beckett is his favorite playwright. He also prefers writings of BP Koirala. He says that these writers have ability to express more in short writings. Ghimire also watches movies in free time. He likes watching movies based on
Interested in sports
Ghimire used to play football and volleyball during his school days. Even though he doesn’t get time to play sports nowadays he makes sure to follow football matches. He doesn’t follow a particular team but says Messi is his favorite player. He also has a deep admiration for Nepali player Hari Khadka.
Hasn’t combed his hair for about 14 years
Although Ghimire prefers to stay clean and tidy, he says it must have been 14 years that he hasn’t combed his hair. He feels it’s unnecessary to use artificial material to make someone look presentable. He just lets his hair dry after shower and doesn’t like to look at the mirror.