Contestant number 20: Pragati Shrestha 24 years old Pragati Shrestha comes from Kathmandu. She is a graduate of Business Administration studies and is working as an entrepreneur at Euphoria Nepal.
Celebrities and GossipsThese are the latest news about the celebrities, artists and gossips in the Nepali film industry
Video introduction of all 21 contestants of the 2020 edition of Miss Nepal beauty contest:
Full Details of the contestants:
Contestant number #01
Name: Aayushma Shrestha
Ambition: To become a writer
Education – Student of B.Sc. Agricultural Science
This report was posted by Barsat Karki in Anand Nepal’s YouTube channel in the following video:
Stats from the 25 Miss Nepal competitions
Newar Winners – 13/25
Khas Winners – 7/25
2 Limbu Winners, 1 Gurung, 1 Tamang and 1 Marwadi Winner
Shrestha Winners within Newar Winners – 6/13
(5 winners were from the last 10 years)
Newar Winners who were from Kathmandu Valley (KTM,LAT,BKT) – 9/13
Khas Winners who were from Kathmandu Valley (KTM,LAT,BKT) – 6/7
Other Winners who were from Kathmandu Valley (KTM,LAT,BKT) – 1/7
Total Winners who were from Kathmandu Valley (KTM,LAT,BKT) – 16/25
It is obvious that Newar and Khas Women dominate Miss Nepal as winner with 20/25 wins in total. It is also the case that Women from Kathmandu Valley are more likely to be Miss Nepal. Luckily this fact is changing quickly because in the last 10 years only half of the winners were from Kathmandu Valley compared to the previous decade than this where 8/10 where from Kathmandu Valley. Also Educated Women are more likely to be Miss Nepal as well because 20/25 Winners had completed their Bachelors Degree. In my opinion Miss Nepal mirrors how ethnicities other than Newar and Khas are deprived from resources that would enable them to participate and qualify in these pageants .
Miss Nepal 2020 contest is being held in a different environment this year. They still have 21 contestants participating. The contestants are:
The contest finalist were selected in an event held on November 3. The audition for the contest at 9 different cities were held in March of 2020. Because of the lockdown, the contest was delayed. Now, the contest is being held with high degree of precaution.
The superhit movie of theater is proving to be superhit in YouTube.
Although some of the viewers think that Anmol KC and Suhana Thapa lacked acting skills, the viewership is exactly opposite.
‘A Mero Hajur 3 was released in 2018 and was liked by the viewers. The movie made on the story of a celebrity and his fan is produced by Sunil Kumar Thapa. The movie directed by actress Jharana Thapa is her second directional venture. Her first direction ‘A Mero Hajur 2’ was also successful. In her second movie, she had introduced her own daughter Suhana Thapa in leading role. She has signed Anmol KC in a record breaking remuneration in the Nepali film industry.
One of the most important gossip from the movie is the relationship between the lead actors, Anmol and Suhana. Suhana has told that she is highly impressed by the actor. Both of them are devotee of Lord Krishna and they have a lot of things in common. For Suhana, Anmol KC has broken his record of not-repeating-actresses in his film. Anmol is being featured opposite to Suhana in upcoming movie ‘A Mero Hajur 4’. That is a record in itself because, Anmol had never repeated actresses in his previous movie.
Watch the movie:
I have been sharing photos of Nepali celebrities celebrating Dashain for the last few years. Here are some of the photos of the 2020 edition of the biggest festival in Nepal. This list contains Dashain photos of the celebrities of Nepali film industry.
Two video reports on the celebration of 2020 Dashain:
Video 1 – Celebraties Dashain Tika
Video 2 – Prime Minister and President offer Dashain Tika and Dashain wishes
Jharana Thapa with her husband Sunil Kumar Thapa and daughter Suhana Thapa
Nepali actress Mithila Sharma is one of the senior most artists in the Nepali film industry. She started her entertainment career in 2030 BS at the age of nine by dancing in a program. One of the audience of her first public show was the King Birendra.
Name : Mithila Sharma
Date of Birth – Ashoj 30, 2020 BS
Place of Birth – Kathmandu
Education – Diploma in Dancing and Home Science
Mithila is usually featured in serious character roles. While other actresses preferred the leading roles, Mithila chose character roles. She was featured as mothers, sisters, sister-in-laws and similar characters. With movies she was also featured in various television serials.
(Mithila Sharma during the shooting of her 2020 release movie, ‘Aama’)
In addition to acting and dancing she had also worked as a teacher in various schools and dance schools. She had taught a lot of actors and dancers in her career as a teacher. In addition to working in other institutions he has also established her own training institute – Mithila Kala Kendra.
One of the most popular husband-wife couple of Nepali music industry is Uday and Manila Sotang couple.
The husband and wife have already released more than 11 albums. Their popular songs are Aadi Bato, Maya Namara, Aaja Timro, Bhijyo Sirani.
Originally from Darjeeling, Udaya and Manila came to Nepal in the late 80s to do voice tests at Radio Nepal. Today, they are some of the most celebrated artists, with huge attendance in concerts. One of Uday’s cousin was a huge fan of late Narayan Gopal. Uday used to sneak into his cousin’s room to practice in the harmonium secretly. Uday started singing early. He sang in his school and there were many fans of his in his school days. He started sining in contests in his grade eight, nine and tenth grade. Before he graduated from the school, the school offered him to release an album called Filingo. He was a successful singer even before he finished his grade ten.
On the other hand, Manila was trained by her uncle, to sing bhajans. When Manila heard Uday’s songs, she liked his voice even before she met him. When she finally met Uday, she was surprised to find him so young. Because of his voice he had expected Uday to be a lot older. They later were in the same group of singers to perform in various events. Uday was having an affair with somebody else when Manila met him. She tried to help him patch up with his girlfriend when they broke up. That instead brought her closer to Uday and they ended up marrying while Uday was studying in Grade 11. By the time he graduated from Grade 12, they already had their first child, Shreya Sotang. Now, Shreya is also a new sensation in the Nepali music industry. Shreya has already released her own album.
A lot of Nepali people know Udit Narayan Jha as the most successful Nepali singer in Bollywood. But, many don’t know similarly successful Nepali singer, Poornima Shrestha. May be that is because Udit was a celebrity in Nepal before he debuted in Bollywood. In case of Poornima, she was born in Mumbai and lived her whole life in India.
[Biography Video] will be ready by Poornima’s birthday on September 5.
Poornima debuted as a child singer in early 1970s, as Sushma Shrestha. Sushma was born to a musical family of late Bhola Shrestha. Bhola Shrestha was an accomplished music composer and a tabala player. He was active in the music industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The father was really excited about launching his daughter in Bollywood as a successful singer. He had organized a big launch event of Sushma Shrestha with high profile Bollywood guests. A day before such a great event, her father died of heart failure. That was 11 April, 1971. That was after half-a-year of the release of the film Andaz (1971), and the debut song of Sushma.
Although her father died on the day before, 10-years-old Sushma was forced to perform in the event on April 12. The event couldn’t be cancelled because of all the preparations. At the event, Bollywood personalities took note of Sushma’s talent and she also got a music scholarship to help in her music career.
At the time of her first public performance, Sushma was just 7-years old. When she sang for the Bollywood movie ‘Andaz’, she was 9 years old.
She also worked with another musical duo Kalyanji Anandji who helped her in making a successful child singer of the 70s. RD Burman also helped her to give voice to hit songs of that time. RD Burman had composed unforgettable songs for Sushma like “Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Naata Koi” of film Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) and “Kya Hua Tera Vaada” of film Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi (1977).
A well known Bollywood singer Udit Narayan Jha went to Mumbai in the Embassy of India scholarship in 1978. He was an employee of Radio Nepal prior to going to India for music studies. Apart from a well known singer, he was also an actor of superhit movie ‘Kusume Rumal’.
Udit Narayan Jha struggled in India for 10 years before he got successful. The movie ‘Kayamat Se Kayamat Tak’, the debut movie of Aamir Khan became successful helping both Aamir and Udit to establish themselves in Bollywood.
Full biography of Udit Narayan:
He was born in Saptari, Bhardaha to Nepali father and Indian mother. He later claimed that he was born in his maternal uncle’s home in Bihar after the Indian government honored him with the biggest civilian award – Padma Shree Award and Padma Bhusan Award.
Udit Narayan Jha left Nepali citizenship to get Indian one and is now Indian passport holder.
Udit was married before he went to Mumbai. His wife was living in Saptari. But, in India he met Geeta Gahatraj, a well known singer. They got close and got married. Geeta and Udit have a son, Aditya Narayan Jha.
Bollywood actor of Nepali origin, Danny Denzongpa is known for him being a Nepali speaker from Sikkim. A lot of Nepali people think he might be a Nepali. In fact, he is Indian citizen, but he has directed a superhit Nepali movie ‘Saino’. She had also sung a lot of superhit Nepali songs.
I have done a biography video on the actor:
0:00 star of biography
1:10 – Real name of Danny
1:23 – Birthday of Danny
2:56 – Acting career
6:25 – Singer Danny
8:08 – Wife, son and daughter of Danny
9:31 – Asha Bhosle singing Aage Aage Tapaiko
Danny’s wife and daughter:
Chhetri was temporarily in UK, to attend his grandson’s marriage. But, he couldn’t return back after he contracted coronavirus.
Name : Karna Bahadur Chhetri
Age : 75 years
Location : Northwick Park Hospital, London
Originally from – Baglung
Date : April 1, 2020
Known Medical Condition : No known conditions
Karna Bahadur arrived in London on February 26. After he got serious with the infection, hew as admitted to hospital on March 30. He was doing fine on that day although there was a oxygen deficiency in his blood.
At the hospital they found pneumonia and they stepped up their treatment. He was kept in a ventilator in the morning of April 1. That was sudden change in his health condition. By the evening, the family members were informed that he wasn’t alive and that was because of coronavirus.
The first Nepali to die of COVID-19 in Saudi Arab is Lilamani Katuwal. The 51-years old was one of the 42 Nepali who are confirmed to have coronavirus.
Name : Lilamani Katuwal
Age : 51 years
Location : COVID Special Hospital, Malaja, Riyadh
Originally from – Itahari – 5
Date : May 2, 2020
Known Medical Condition : Diabetes
According to report, a resident of Itahari Sub Metropolitan – 5, 51-years-old Lilamani Katuwal was fighting with coronavirus for the last month. He was admitted to the hospital on the new year day, on Baisakh 1st. Katuwal was kept in ventilator on Baisakh 13 after his condition became serious. On the 20th of Baisakh he died, becoming the first Nepali to die of the disease in Arab countries.
According to reports, he had diabetes and was working in Saudi for the last 22-years.
Another Ex-Gorkha Army, Narayan Gurung has died of coronavirus on May 4, 2020. Gurung had been an active social worker in the Nepali community.
Name : Narayan Konme Gurung
Age : 75 years
Location : George Eliot Hospital, United Kingdom
Originally from – Parbat
Date : May 4, 2020, Monday
According to reports, ex-Gorkha army, leading social worker, Narayan Gurung died at around 4:15 on May 4, 2020 while being treated at George Eliot Hospital. He had no known medical conditions.
Gurung was admitted to hospital on April 26 when he started facing breathing difficulties. He was given oxygen mask while in the hospital. Because of his poor health condition, he wasn’t placed in ventilator.
Name : Gopal Shahi
Age : 72 years
Location : Royal Free Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Originally from – Pyuthan
Date : April 22, 2020, Wednesday
A literately figure and ex-Gorkha army, Gopal Shahi was admitted to London’s Royal Free Hospital two weeks before his death on April 29.
Shahi were living with his wife in South-East part of London for a long time. They were recently living in Whitecity London.
Shahi was originally from Pyuthan. At present, his family members are living in Bhairahawa and Mumbai, India.
Both Shahi and his wife had contacted coronavirus. His wife got better but Shahi couldn’t.
Govinda Shahi was interested in literature and was known as ‘Pathik’ as literary-name. He was active among the literature-loving Nepali community of South-East London. The community held a virtual meeting in London to remember Pathik and wish his departed soul rest in peace.