Sonam Lama

The contributor for Republica.

Hands that cherish colors

Published On: June 5, 2018 08:45 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

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.

5 things about Prakash Saput

Published On: June 4, 2018 01:00 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

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.

Broadening the knowledge span

Published On: May 29, 2018 01:28 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

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.

5 things about Mariska Pokharel

Published On: May 28, 2018 10:04 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

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.

Young actors lead 2nd Int’l Children Theater Festival

Published On: May 27, 2018 10:19 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, May 27: The Second Kathmandu Aksharaa International Children’s Theater Festival 2018 had its opening ceremony on Saturday on the premises of Aksharaa School, Kandaghari.

2018 Korean Culture Week kicks in

Published On: May 26, 2018 06:42 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea saw the opening ceremony of Korean Culture Week on Friday at Heritage Garden. The event witnessed by a multitude of Korean expats and Nepali youths aimed at enhancing the social ties between both the countries.

Arts that speak volumes

Published On: May 22, 2018 12:31 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Having learned the techniques of modern arts from his late father, Madan Chitrakar sought for his own motifs when it came to pioneering his creativity on canvas. He has worked as senior artist, design expert and division-in-charge at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation for about three decades.

5 things about Satya Raj Acharya

Published On: May 21, 2018 09:20 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Along with his more than two decades of career in the Nepali music industry, Satya Raj Acharya has efficiently morphed into an actor now. He debuted with the film ‘Acharya’, and further starred in films like ‘Karkash’, ‘Sadhe Saat’ and ‘Hairan’. He had entered the field of music with his first duo album ‘Lahure Dai’ teaming up with Swaroop Raj Acharya, in 1997. On the work front, he is gearing up for his upcoming US-Canada tour which will take place at the end of May.

Collaborating in artistic colors

Published On: May 17, 2018 09:01 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

One of the serene environments where unspoken communication find limitless space, art galleries are the abode of arts where fine works of artistry define artists providing a visual retreat to the observers. With an aim to connect diverse artists and observers, Taragoan Museum is all set to open Contemporary Art Gallery on Friday. With a view to permanently display around 50 works of about 30 contemporary and upcoming Nepali artists, the gallery aims at promoting Nepali art and making the country a hub for art lovers.

Exploring fonts, layouts, and graphics

Published On: May 15, 2018 07:44 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama


Gorkha schools to run classes on Saturday

Published On: May 14, 2018 09:37 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Under an accessibility program to educate rural children in Gorkha, English classes have been launched in Gorkha. The program organized by Calls over Ridges, an INGO based in Taiwan, aims at enhancing interpersonal and intrapersonal skills of school students.

5 things about Najir Husen

Published On: May 14, 2018 09:35 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

After coming from Bara to Kathmandu and entering Mandala Theater in 2010, there has been no looking back for Najir Husen. An absolute art admirer and an acclaimed artist of Nepali theater and cinema, Najir made a debut in ‘Punte Parade’ in 2014. He is much known for his roles in films such as ‘Gaatho’, ‘Raja Rani’, ‘Hostel Returns’, and ‘Timi Sanga’. Juggling between theater and films, he has recently been occupied directing his first play ‘Ugly Duckling’ which is being staged on Mandala Theatre and also working on his next films ‘Kagaj Patra’ and ‘Garud Puran’.

5 things about Sahara Basnet

Published On: May 7, 2018 09:18 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

A rare combination of demure and dauntless personality, Sahara Basnet witnessed a turning point in her life after winning the title of Miss Asia Pacific International Nepal 2017. Holding a childhood dream of making her mark in beauty pageants, she represented Nepal in Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 held in the Philippines.

Dancing out the twirls and turns

Published On: May 3, 2018 09:11 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

A day off from his work, 20-year-old Saksham Tamang yet finds himself whacking and locking and popping while carrying his household chores. The passion for dancing as he believes was instilled in him by his mother as she was a classical/cultural dancer and instructor herself. Although he followed the footsteps of his mother, he did it in his own style through the compact moves of hip-hopping.

5 things about Sanchita Luitel

Published On: April 30, 2018 09:37 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Acting for Sanchita Luitel was not a childhood dream. She however got the chance to be an actor and did her best to utilize the opportunity. She entered the Nepali film scenario with her debut film ‘Apsara’, which led her way to seeking a career in films.

Life beyond inches

Published On: April 25, 2018 12:24 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, April 25: 33-year-old Nirmal Makranti had a different outlook of life when he ran away with a half-paralyzed body from his village at Gorkha to Kathmandu. Carrying a 50-rupee note, the 17-year-old then followed his instincts and hoped to live at his own will.

The meeting of heart and mind

Published On: April 24, 2018 08:59 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

An international corporate leadership trainer, Neeva Mathema Pradhan is associated with The Art of Living Foundation. After working in the banking industry for 15 years, she became the vice president for Federal Credit Union, USA. She holds a master’s degree in management science from the Florida Institute of Technology USA, and has authored a book ‘The Best of Both Worlds: A Pioneer’s Perspective in Straddling East and West’.

5 things about Kunjana Ghimire

Published On: April 23, 2018 09:21 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

She made viewers roar with laughter through Nepal Television sitcom Meri Bassai. Kunjana Ghimire, widely known as Suntali, is considered a fine actor of the Nepali entertainment industry. Started her career in acting with radio drama aired on Radio Nepal at the age of 11, she has also been actively participating in social activities and running public campaigns after the 2015 earthquake through Dhurmus Suntali Foundation, which is a social organization working for awareness, reconstruction and public service in Nepal.

5 things about Wilson Bikram Rai

Published On: April 16, 2018 01:40 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Widely known for his comical role ‘Takmebuda’ on Nepal Television sitcom ‘Meri Bassai’, Wilson Bikram Rai is an acclaimed actor and singer that the Nepali film industry knows of.

Sakhi: The story of innocence mired in war

Published On: April 16, 2018 09:03 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, April 16: A story of love and innocence being threatened by war, the play ‘Sakhi’ takes us back to the 10-year-long Maoist insurgency that bitterly shook the country.