Sonam Lama

The contributor for Republica.

Recalling 2074 Welcoming 2075

Published On: April 12, 2018 07:57 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Four months into the New Year 2018 and we have the Nepali New Year 2075 (according to Bikram Sambat), just around the corner. The festival invites celebrations from Nepalis both within and without the country.

Living legacy

Published On: April 10, 2018 08:55 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

The dreams that he beheld forbade him to seek for greener pastures abroad. Scholar, academician and Sitar maestro Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi has been living a legacy of his predecessors. Starting to play sitar under the guidance of his father, he became the first Nepali musician to hold a PhD degree in music. He received the degree from Delhi University in 2004 for his dissertation entitled ‘History of music in Nepal with special reference to classical music during the Rana period.’ Although he graduated in law in 1985, he dedicated most of his time contributing to Nepali classical music. He is one of the founder members of renowned Nepali classical and folk musical group Sukarma.

5 things about Astha Raut

Published On: April 9, 2018 09:48 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Astha Raut is widely praised for her contribution to the Nepali music. She started learning music from her father and her Guru Suresh Adhikari since her childhood. Known for her unique vocals, she started her career with the song ‘Saal ko paat tapari’ which was received well by the Nepali audience. Having sung more than a dozen songs including the popular numbers ‘Chaubandhi Ma Patuki’, ‘Jhumke Bulaki’, ‘Mayo Yo Maya’, et cetera, she has been awarded with Hits FM Music Award, Image Award, and Kantipur Honors under the best female pop vocal category.

Marathon raising awareness on Parkinson’s disease

Published On: April 8, 2018 09:56 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, April 8: Run for Parkinson, a 5-km marathon run, was inaugurated on Saturday in Kathmandu. The event was jointly organized by Parkinson Nepal in collaboration with Rotary Club of Rajdhani, Inner Wheel Club of Rajdhani, Everest Bank Ltd and Vogue Ad and Events.

Demystifying Vitiligo

Published On: April 5, 2018 08:35 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

When 49-year-old shopkeeper Indra Krishna Shrestha noticed an unusual white spot in his right arm for the first time, he wanted to try anything possible to get rid of it. But back then, at 30, he used to earn living working at a workshop and had no time to spare for anything else as he was totally consumed with his work-home-work routine. So despite the wish, he could not do much. In the past 19 years, he saw pale white patches spread all over his body except for the lower parts of the eyes. During all those years, he never visited a dermatologist for treatment of this ‘much-heard-about’ but ‘totally-unknown’ skin disease called Vitiligo (Dubi).

Writer gives voice to the unheard

Published On: April 3, 2018 09:53 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

His journey from a 14-year-old reticent boy to the winner of many national awards was possible only because of the constant inspiration he received throughout his writing journey.

5 things about Loonibha Tuladhar

Published On: April 2, 2018 09:09 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Starting her career in theater with noted litterateur Abhi Subedi’s play ‘Dreams of Peach Blossoms’ in 2001, Loonibha Tuladhar has traversed the Nepali theater having so far enacted in about three dozen plays.

5 things about Tirtha Shrestha

Published On: March 26, 2018 09:43 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Tirtha Shrestha's poetic journey began when he published his poem for the first time at a school wall-magazine at the age of 13. His popular poems include ‘Prajatantra’, ‘Singha Durbar’, ‘Hiuma  lekhieyaka namharu’, ‘Lahure fulma timro nam ferna chahanchu’, ‘Aama’.

Acute lack of water supply punishing the public

Published On: March 22, 2018 01:15 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Article 35 (4) of the Constitution of Nepal, 2072 explicitly states that every citizen shall have an access to clean drinking water and sanitation. However, this constitutional right is far from reach for a majority of the people in the city.

International law in Nepal is as important as domestic law: Prof Husain

Published On: March 20, 2018 10:15 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

The three-day US-Nepal International Moot Court Competition concluded on Sunday, announcing winners in different categories. Six teams representing six different law colleges took part in the  competition.

Examining grounds for public opinion

Published On: March 20, 2018 10:10 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Sujit Mainali is a reporter and fact checker at South Asia Check, an independent initiative run by Panos South Asia to promote transparency and accountability in politics and media through fact checking in Nepal.

5 things about Hari Maya Gurung

Published On: March 19, 2018 09:24 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

A decade since the release of her first album ‘Choko Chhyaba Ramche’, Hari Maya Gurung has grown much to her professional limitations as a folk singer. Having worked in more than a dozen of films including ‘Eku 2’, ‘Chhori ko karma’, ‘J sukai hos’ as an actor, she has actively been engaged in social and cultural activities. Widely known as a folk singer though, she has recently released her latest album ‘Jala Jovan’ taking her other interests simultaneously.

Spa Healing through the art of touching

Published On: March 15, 2018 08:32 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

The act of touching has been a significant stimulus to express various emotions and an effective means of communication since the beginning of human life. Over centuries in human civilization, we have helped this act to evolve in different forms.

Bouncing forward from setbacks

Published On: March 13, 2018 09:24 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Numerous bumps and bruises along her way hardly stopped Sadina Shrestha, 28, from garnering accolades through her basketball skills. Having played for the national basketball team for 12 years now, she was appointed as the Captain of the national women’s basketball team in 2012.

5 things about Melina Rai

Published On: March 12, 2018 10:59 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

After having learned music since an early age of 10 from her father, Melina Rai has been dedicated to Nepali music for over a decade now. She had her first song recorded at the age of 12 and her career in the Nepali music industry started in 2072 BS with her hit song ‘Kammar Mathi Patuki’

Chinese Embassy marks International Women’s Day

Published On: March 10, 2018 09:21 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China organized a reception to celebrate the 108th International Women’s Day on Thursday at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong, hosted the reception which was attended by national as well as international women frontrunners including ministers, diplomats, social activists, and business leaders.

‘Yayati’ show stealer at ShilpeeTheater

Published On: March 7, 2018 01:24 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Mar 7: An interesting attempt of rewriting and retelling, the play ‘Yayati’ being staged at Shilpee Theater is a mythical drama relating to the Hindu mythological epic, Mahabharata. The play directed by Tanka Chaulagain is closely adapted from the later version of Yayati written by an Indian playwright Girish Karnad.

‘Pragmatic approach ensures better learning’

Published On: March 6, 2018 09:45 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Basanta Dhakal is the Principal of DAV College of Management, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. He has also been associated with the college’s faculty of finance for the past 10 years, and his career as a financial management faculty started from the college. Currently a student of MPhil in Finance at Tribhuwan University, he has so far published two books, including Fundamentals of Investment (2066 BS) and Basic Financial Management (2069 BS).

Eating for a social cause

Published On: March 5, 2018 10:49 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Mar 5: When the idea of collaborating youths to make the country stand independent struck in, Cocina Mitho Chha, a social enterprise, found space summoning youths to contribute their bit in the field of hospitality in Nepal.

5 things about Ghanashyam Gautam

Published On: March 5, 2018 10:20 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Ghanashyam Gautam earned raves as a comedy actor with his caricature as ‘Prachanda’ in the TV series ‘Meri Bassai’. A theater artist indeed, he initiated his acting career in 2055 BS.