Thirty six-year-old Arjun Singh Thakuri introduces himself as an entrepreneur. Undertaking various ventures within his professional confines, he has been contributing to social welfare through various mediums.
The ever-young Jyoti Ghimire is known for his contributions in helping shape Nepal’s contemporary rock scene to its present state. In his musical journey spanning over three decades, the guitar virtuoso has given hits like ‘Anjaan’, ‘Maski Maski’, and ‘Nashalu’. Over the years, his unique guitar playing has also led his admirers to compare Ghimire with global icons like Carlos Santana, and Mark Knopfler. A devotee of music, Jyoti Ghimire is currently busy in the studios preparing for the launch of his brand new album. In the meantime, he is also engaged with live charity gigs around Nepal.
When 35-year-old Ngawang Chhiri Sherpa was informed that he could not walk anymore, he was not downhearted with despair to what life threw at him. He rather summoned up the courage to find a way of living. It was after a year of his accident that his journey altered from that of trekking guide to a thanka artist.
Originally from Sarlahi, Bijay Baral moved to Kathmandu in hopes of establishing a career in cinema. Instead, he stumbled into the theaters. However, it wasn’t long until he found a cameo role in the 2013 blockbuster, Chadke. Over the years, he has managed to establish a distinct identity in the Nepali film industry by portraying key roles in movies like ‘Kabbadi Kabbadi’, ‘Mr. Jholey’, and ‘Mr. Virgin’, among many others. At present, Baral is preparing for his next, ‘Pandit Bajeko Lauro’, and ‘Machha Machha’.
Staged in a typically authentic setting of the Tamang community, Sonam Gyalmo is a heart-wrenching tale of love-loss based on an ancient Tamang folklore. The story begins in a jocular mood, with people gathering for a wedding ceremony where one of the pivotal characters narrates the story of the estranged lovers, Sonam (Sonam Moktan Tamang) and Gyalmo (Shanti Waiba), who fall prey to the atrocious conducts of the then Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana.
Pablo Bartholomew has traversed an untiring journey as a photographer. Having spent over four decades in photography, he remembers acquiring early skills in visual art from his father at home. At just 19, he won the World Press Photo Award for his series ‘Morphine Addicts’ in 1975. Another prestige followed him in the form of ‘Picture of the Year’ in 1984 for his work that showed a half-buried dead body of a child victim of the disastrous Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Also a 2013 Padma Shri recipient, he is currently in his official visit to Kathmandu as the Jury Chair for the 5th Edition of IME- Global IME Bank Photo Contest and Exhibition 2018 which is being organized by Photo Journalist (PJ) Club.
The hard-earned success of his first album, ‘Dherai Taka Chautarima’, gave Jems Pradhan the courage to overcome unprecedented challenges in Nepali music. After further exploring the Nepali music scene, his second, ‘Bhaigo Uni Jaun’ which presented a harmony between sarangi and guitar, helped Pradhan establish his mark in the industry.
In spite of his young age, Gajendra Baitha is yet to relish the privileges of a young boy. At an early age of just eight years, he was handed with toys and candies to seek profit, to make ends meet for his family.
Gahendra Rajbhandari, 39, is among a handful of innovators immune to the lethargy existing in the governmental offices. He made way into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Officer in 2009. Under his initiative, he has so far introduced a myriad of effective policies that have contributed to improving the impression of the general public on government offices.
Sangita Panta Thapa, 43, has witnessed the mounts and bents of the Nepali broadcast media since her early affiliation with Nepal Television. In an interview with My City’s Sonam Lama, the senior NTV program producer talked about her experience and challenges working in Nepal Television.
Actively producing hits after hits since 1990, Deepak Bajracharya is credited for introducing Latino grooves, and Flamenco rhythms into Nepali music. In conversation with My City’s Sonam Lama, Deepak Bajracharya revealed five things that many don’t know about him.
Veteran filmmaker, Subhash Ghai is known for his contribution in the Indian cinema as a screenwriter, director, and a producer. His career in Bollywood spans for more than 35 years where he has produced hits like ‘Karz’, ‘Hero’, ‘Karma’, ‘Taal’, ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Khalnayak’, and ‘Pardes’. Having debuted as a director with ‘Kalicharan’ in 1976, Ghai at present is among the most acclaimed personalities of Bollywood.
It was after tackling numerous hurdles that Anita Bhattarai, 32, was able to fulfill her childhood dream of perusing painting as a profession to reality. Her parents were persistent in encouraging Bhattarai to choose a medical career. However, she was determined in following her passion and enrolled herself to fine arts in Lalit Kala Campus.
Prakash Saput is known for representing the ongoing trends of rural Nepal through his songs. He has thus far recorded close to 25 folk songs and been featured in more than 200 music videos. His latest, ‘Bola Maya’, portrays the plight of migrant workers, and is currently trending on social platforms.
After two decades of experience as an Auxiliary Health Worker under the Ministry of Health, Rajendra Prasad Dhakal switched careers to printing and publication. Now, he’s been actively involved in this field since the past two decades. At present, he is the Manager at Makalu Publication House and Sopan Press Pvt. Ltd., Kalikasthan.
Mariska worked as an art teacher at Daizawa International School, Tokyo, for three years. She is all set to begin a promising career in the Nepali Film industry. The music video of ‘Aja mann ma mero’ in 2015 introduced her to Nepali entertainment industry. She jumped ship to acting, with ‘Ke Ma Timro Hoina Ra’ in 2016.