Late princess Shruti Rajya Laxmi Shah Rana was the only daughter of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya. She had an elder brother, Prince Dipendra and a younger brother Prince Nirajan. When the princess died along with her whole family including her father, mother, brothers, aunts and uncles; she was only 24 years old. A mother of a 7 months old Surangana and a 3-years-old Girvani, Shruti’s husband Kumar Gorakh was also injured in the Durbar Hatyakanda of 2001.
After Shruti’s death, her husband Gorakh Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana raised the infant daughters. Girvani Rana was born on January 22, 1998 and the younger daughter Surangana Rana was born on October 2, 2000.Kumar Gorakh Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana is a descendants of the Rana prime minister, Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana.
Gorakh and Shruti had married in a lavish ceremony on 7 May 1997 in Kathmandu. Just after 4 years of marriage, these two were separated by Shruti’s death. Gorakh remained single for six years and finally decided to get married on December 5, 2008. Gorakh Rana’s current wife, Deepti Chand, is the daughter of the younger brother of ex-prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand. Deepti and Gorakh also have a daughter from the second marriage. A senior level employee of Standard Chartered Bank in Kathmandu, Gorakh stays mostly away from the news.
Here is a video report on the historical marriage of the late princess of Nepal.
The Miss Nepal talent competition was held recently in the competition, the participants showed their skills in various art forms.
A highlights video:
Contestants and their instagram accounts links.
The Miss Nepal 2019 team has a apology as the Nepali new year gift. When the judge of the Kathmandu audition of Miss Nepal, choreographer of the contest, Rachana Gurung Sharma, went tough on one of the contestants, social media went against her. The organizer defended her tough style of questioning as a right measure of training. Most of the previous Miss Nepal contest winners supported Rachana Gurung. Now, Rachana has taken a bold step – apologizing. It was a good gesture on her part despite not feeling its need.
This is a followup post on the statement of Samriddhi Rai towards the Miss Nepal beauty contest. Although she was one of the contestants of Miss Nepal 2010, and she managed to be one of the top 5, she couldn’t win any titles.
Now, she says she regrets her participation at that time. Other’s however don’t buy to her argument. There are a lot of comments in the following video about Samraddhi’s statement. Most of them are negative towards Samriddhi:
This comment is that of Pragya
Height of hypocrisy! If beauty pageants are/were so much fake n she really now has gained her so called enlightenment, will samridhi rai stop wearing heels ? Will she start going out everyday without make ups? Will she stop flaunting herself in designer dresses,accessories n gifts that she gets for being recognised as a beauty pagent winner/model etc? So she had to wait for this controversy to speak her heart out?
I don’t understand at all…ajja so called celebrities making comments on this issue..nikita chandak went for audition without make up re..shrinkhala posts pic saying no make up is beautiful re..haude haru. All are attention seekers ..learning from Rachana gurung at one time and now isolating her. Just taking chances.
Testai ho vane let them come out everyday off their home make up free?
I am not saying Rachana Gurung is right. She is totally rude..but the way other celebrities are now indirectly digging out on her..Its really funny and nonsense!
Mor than 25 new actresses had debuted in the Nepali film industry this year. This is a huge number of new actresses trying to establish themselves as actors. But, to their disappointment, only a couple of actresses were successful in impressing the viewers. Rest of them don’t have any future in the film industry.
The list of new actresses is:
28 new actresses who had debuted in the Nepali film industry in 2075 are
- Bhawana Gurung in Sworga Mero Gaun
- Sakshi Lamsal in Sworga Mero Gaun
- Sujata Thapa in Sworga Mero Gaun
- Arohi Sharma in Hairan
- Shristi Karki in American Boys
- Pooja Tiwari in Baby I Love You
- Ganga Rana Magar in A Soltini
- Kabita Gurung in Bobby
- Alisha Sharma in Chi Musi Chi
- Shiwani Giri in Kahi Kati
- Anjila Khadki in Teenage
- Sanam malla in Reni
- Eliza Gautam in Anurag
- Kamana Bhujel in Tshiring
- Kamala Oli in Maleeka
- Ashma Giri in Dream Girl
- Karuna Shrestha in Sayakada Dash
- Supuspa Bhatta in Ranveer
- Suveksha Khadka in Ranveer
- Rewati Chhetri in Summer Love
- Priyanka Singh Thakuri in Garud Puran
- Priyanka MV in Captain
- Upasana Singh Thakuri in Captain
- Shilpa Maskey in The Breakup
- Nirisha Basnet in Jani Najani
- Kritan Poudel in Subha Love
- Suhana Thapa in A Mero Hajur 3
- Malika Mahat in Yatra
Priya Grurung – Miss Nepal Hongkong 2018.
Earlier I had made a video report on Priya and how she had got the direct entry into Miss Nepal contest. But, she didn’t know that she wouldn’t finally be qualified for the contest because of her age. The information was given to her so late that, she lost her job and she travelled to Nepal from Hong Kong for no apparent reason.
– She was told she will get direct entry into Miss Nepal after she won Miss Hong Kong in December. Miss Nepal choreographer was there at the contest to welcome Priya to Miss Nepal.
– She even went through training for the Miss Nepal contest preperation
– Was told to come to Nepal on March 24
– She flew all the way from Hongkong leaving her job and ruining her career
– Nobody told about her age problem …
– The organizers gave her a letter — it was a rejection letter
Now, she is in Nepal – and won’t be part of Miss Nepal contest !
I made this video report earlier:
Miss Eco International 2019, held in Ciaro, Egypt was held on March 31, 2019. In the contest, the representative from Nepal was Muna Gauchan. She didn’t make news when she didn’t win any major titles in the contest. But, she had made and impression by being in the list of top contestants.
Miss Eco International is a relatively new beauty contest. There were participants from 65 countries in the contest. Muna Gauchan was one of the top contestants because, she was selected one of the Top 20 contestant. In Talent Round, Muna Gauchan was one of the Top 15.
As Gauchan couldn’t win any titles, she has found an excuse by telling, “It was my first international beauty peagant, I barely had an idea bout it.” Gauchan says, she wasn’t well prepared when compared to the beauties from well experienced countries in the beginning. But later, she cached up with others. She adds, “… standing out, considered as friendly, energetic, dedicated person, being loved by everyone was one of my biggest achievements.” She says that she is “more than happy and satisfied” by her performance.
The Miss Nepal of a decade ago, Zenisha Moktan has talked about the Miss Nepal Make Up Kanda that happened during the audition of Miss Nepal 2019. The kanda has created a debate on what should be done and what shouldn’t be done in terms of beauty contests. It is a check and balance that such pageants need so they can be held accountable. It might sound harsh to the organizers and participants, but these aspects can’t be kept in the closet forever.
That is the reason, I am giving focus on this issue and sharing the views of past winners and of those who have louder voices (like the one of Samraddhi Rai).
Here is Zenisha’s full statement, addressing the Miss Nepal 2019 contestant Ashmita Maharjan, the one who was supposedly ‘bullied’ by Rachana Gurung Sharma:
Dear Girl in the Audition Tape,
Welcome to the parallel Universe where u get outpouring support and appreciation for being you, for being “real”! You have now started your journey to venture into OUR universe and I wish you all the best, go fight for that crown, fight hard! and I hope you bring all these self righteous advocates of inner beauty along with you.. cuz we really need them!
Since we are talking now, Let me tell you this! If you ever get the opportunity to wear that coveted crown, you will be bullied and shamed for the very reason u have garnered support today! You will be picked on every choice you make and god forbid they are “real”! You might then understand the double standards we deal with! You might then understand the hypocrisy we are surrounded with!
If you don’t know who Samriddhi Rai is, here is a short introduction to the beauty, according to her Facebook profile:
- Former Bureau chief at M&S VMAG, Kantipur Group
- Former Head of The Himalayan Times TGIF
- Former Sub-Editor at ECS Media
- Former Feature Writer at Kantipur Publications
I know Samraddhi as a singer and a model. She had participated in various beauty contests and an outspoken personality.
She had won Miss Personality title in an international beauty contest, Miss Toursim Queen International 2011. (Here is – My report on the event)
And, she had also won an international title – Miss Press Princess (a gossip report on Samriddhi)
She had also created a controversy when she told about caste system in Nepal. (Report here)
Samriddhi has spoken about the latest Miss Nepal audition ‘Makeup Kanda’. Here is what she has to say:
It seems, Miss Nepal organizer is not willing to admit any mistakes in it’s part. In the press statement, the organizer has told that it is just a part of the competition to evaluate the “frame of mind, level of comfort, confidence and ability of the candidates to tackle the questions in a way that brings out the best from them.”
It denies any intimidation or ill intention. Read the full statement:
Date: April 07, 2019
The Hidden Treasure is concerned by the issues raised in the social media recently and would like to put the issues in its correct perspective. Candidates’ sitting in any tests, exams or interviews can face some tough questions. This is done in order to find out frame of mind, level of comfort, confidence and ability of the candidates to tackle the questions in a way that brings out the best from them. Not to intimidate, belittle or fail them in the interviews. Such deeds are conducted without any ill intention or to harm, hassle or to tarnish the image of the candidate.
The Hidden Treasure has followed such a process during the audition of Miss Nepal 2019, in an effort to bring out the best from the interviewed candidates which in this case the particular candidate came out brilliantly and is already selected.
In an Instagram post, Miss Nepal 2018, Shrinkhala Khatiwada has spoken against bullying. She writes, “I whole heartedly support the body positivity movement and have been voicing out about your own choices, makeup or no makeup. But, I don’t support bullying. Be it bullying a miss Nepal participant or be it bullying a trainer.”
Shrinkhala claims that the problem is not against an individual but the whole concept of beauty pageant. She writes, “I’m a Miss Nepal at the moment and I often have times when I question the relevance of pageants at all. It’s a never ending battle with my mind. I’ve seen the good and the bad. I was lucky to see mostly the goods of the pageant but there’s more to it.”
About the current incident, Shrinkhala writes, “Right now, we are attacking a single individual instead of questioning the entire practice. If we need a long term solution, we need to move away from hate towards one individual and think deeper. Elese, this will just be another Kanda and will soon be forgotten.”
If you ask me, it is just another Kanda and there is nothing to be done.
The controversial choreographer of Miss Nepal, Rachana Gurung Sharma, is a well known personality in herself. Choreographing Miss Nepal for the last 25 years and at the time when she was celebrating her silver jublee of choreographing, she has fallen victim of an unusual controversy. She has been accused of bullying.
About Rachana Gurung Sharma:
Here is my video report on the case:
The third song of upcoming Jharana Thapa’s movie ‘A Mero Hajur 3’ has been released. The song titled ‘Cheat Day’ features Jharana’s daughter Suhana Thapa. The song is filmed on the voice of Prabisha Adhiakri and music of Pratik Poudel. The choreographer is Rahun Shah.
The parents of Suhana, the actress had done a detailed preparation for her debut in the film industry. Suhana, it seems, has also done a lot of preparation before she decided to be an actress. The song shows it all. In addition, Anmol’s presence is bound to attract more viewers to the theatre.
The movie is going to release in theatre on Chaitra 29. The movie is about a die-hard fan of a celebrity singer. The celebrity is Anmol KC and the fan is the actress Suhana. The love story between the two is the story of the movie. The story is written by the mother, Jharana, and she has also directed the film.
When Ashmita Maharjan showed up without wearing any makeup and wearing her -5 powered glasses one of the judges, Rachana Sharma Gurung, got mad at her. She told, “.. This is disrespect.”
But, the courage of Ashmita, a 7th semester Computer engineering student was appreciated and she was selected to participate in the Miss Nepal 2019 contest. She is the official contestant number 8. There is a chance that she will represent Nepal in the international arena. By the courage and her presentation, and education, there is a high chance that she will be one of the five candidates who will represent Nepal in the international arena.
Who is Rachana Sharma Gurung?
Have you watched ‘Jerry’ the movie featuring Anmol KC and Anna Sharma in leading role? The actress Anna is Rachana Sharma Gurung’s mother. It is not only Anna, Rachana is the mother of three gorgeous sisters.
26 finalist of Miss Nepal 2019 are:
1. Nisha Pathak
2. Alisha Joshi
3. Sophiya Bhujel
4. Riya Basnet
5. Punam Pantha
6. Anushka Shrestha
7. Jenny Maharjan
8. Ashmita Maharjan
9. Kiran Thapa
10. Pradeepta Adhikari
11. Nitika Karmacharya
12. Rose Lama
13. Sara Bajimaya
14. Laxmi Raut
15. Rakchya Upreti
16. Meera Kakshapati
17. Jenisa Thapaliya
18. Pooja Shrestha
19. Bipana Subedi
20. Suvekshya Adhikari
21. Prakriti Katwal
22. Nancy Bogati
23. Shiwani Ghimire – https://www.instagram.com/shiwani_ghimire/
24. Santwana Malakar
25. Pratha Adhikari
26. Sanskriti Ghimire
These contestants were selected after the completion of the Kathmandu audition on March 24, 2019. These finalists were given the orientation session on March 27, 2019 by the organizer The Hidden Treasure. These contestants were selected from auditions held in 8 different cities and Kathmandu.