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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
In a latest report, actress Mariska Pokharel has married her boyfriend of two years in a private ceremony in Australia. According to reports, Marishka’s boyfriend had been living in Australia for the last 8 years and they were seeing each other for the last 2 years.
The comedy writer, Bhairav Aryal, is the only comedy essayist who is unique and the best literately figure in Nepal so far. But, it has been more than 40 years that we have lost him. Although he made everybody laugh, his life was miserable. It was so miserable that he had been planning to depart from the world for quite some time. He wrote numerous letters to his office, his father, his children and others about his plans. Nobody came to his rescue. May be it was because the medical community and the society wasn’t aware of depression or such mental illness.
It is really sad to loose one of the finest writer in such a young age. I have compiled his letters to present a 10 minute-long video and also read one of his essays in another video. The essay ‘Mapai’ a self-gratifying nature of human being is written in such a beautiful way that, one can’t imagine the writer being miserable.
On April 28 we lost a Bollywood and Hollywood actor Irrfan Khan – one of the most talented actor of all time. The very next day, on April 29, Bollywood lost another superstar, Rishi Kapoor. That was a double loss to Bollywood film industry.
After the death of Irrfan Khan, Anand Nepal YouTube channel viewers had asked me to do a biography of Irrfan. I wasn’t keen on making one because, I only talk about things related to Nepal and Bollywood is Indian film industry. But, later I found out Irrfan’s Nepal connection and hence decided to do a biography. While going through his social media post, I found:
– He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in March of 2018
– He went to UK for treatment and went through a-year-long treatment in London.
– He returned back to India in April of 2019.
– Right after returning he did a movie ‘English Medium’. The movie was released in March 2020. Irrfan had talked about the film in his social media. His last post was about the movie.
– On April 27, all of a sudden he fell ill, was rushed to hospital. According to media report, the complication wasn’t related to cancer. He was told to be cancer free.
– He died on April 28, 2020
Actress Niruta Singh has recently shared some videos taken during the shooting of the movie in her YouTube channel. In the video she is helping Deepak Raj Giri to wear saree and Dilip Rayamajhi is wearing one. Kids nearby are laughing on the actors. I think the shooting was of this movie. I will also do a video report on the movie.
Nepali Movie– Santan Thari Thari Ka (सन्तान थरि थरिका) Starring: Dilip Rayamajhi, Niruta Singh, Dinesh Sharma, Sisam KC, Harihar Sharma, Sakuntala Sharma, Deepak Raj Giri, Shiva Hari Poudel, Nirmal Sharma, Daman Rupakheti etc. Director – Deshbkhata Khanal
A really good use of your lockdown time is to learn a new language. For those who had always wanted to learn Newa language, here is an opportunity offered for free by Sunita Dangol.
In the first part Sunita has told about Basic Nepalbhasa she started on the first day of the year 2077.
Newari language is Tibetian-Aryan language spoken in Kathmandu valley before Gorkha king invaded the valley. After that, Nepali language was made compulsory. As the official language became official, the traditional Newa is still the local language of communication.
In a 2009 article published in Nepali Times Weekly, a writer Subodh Rana wrote about how Jung Bahadur Rana used “Tip” a Nepali word by throwing gold coins to an opera singer in UK in his Britain visit of 1850 AD.
I did a video report on the article.
There is skepticism that the incident actually happened. But, it is a fun story so I have done the video report.
Nepali Movie – Kanchhi Starring – Dayahang Rai, Shweta Khadka, Ashant Sharma, Anu Shah, Kameshor Chaurasiya, Nir Shah etc. Director – Aakash Adhikari
The comeback movie of Shweta Khadka after the untimely demise of her husband Shree Krishna Shrestha in 2014. She waited four years before she starred in another movie. In 2014, The last movie of them being featured together – film ‘Kohinoor’ was released. Shree Krishna was at the hospital at the time of the release. He had sent an audio message to the viewers of the movie that he couldn’t attend the release of the movie. It was a shocking moment for Shweta Khadka. She went into depression for a long time. It took a very lengthy treatment in Nepal and out of country before Shweta become better. The movie got a lot of viewers in the theater and was one of the successful movies of the year. The director, Aakash Adhikari had also directed the last film of Shree Krishna Shrestha, ‘Kohinoor’. The movie became a superhit movie earning a record breaking amount in theatre in 2014. ‘Kanchhi’ was released in 2017 in theatre.