Famous people from Nepal
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Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. A native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one." "Buddha" is also used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the Sramana movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kośala. Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years later.
Manisha Koirala is a Nepalese actress, as well as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and social activist. Koirala has primarily worked in Hindi cinema, though she has appeared in several Nepali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films as well. She is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Manipuri dancer. Born to politician Prakash Koirala and Sushma Koirala in the politically prominent Koirala family of Nepal, she made her acting debut in the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula. A year later, Koirala made her Bollywood debut with the top-grossing drama Saudagar. She went on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses in the 90s with such mainstream films as 1942: A Love Story, Agni Sakshi and Gupt. Recognised for her acting prowess, Koirala was noted for her performances in films such as Bombay, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se.., and Company. She has won the Filmfare Critics' Award thrice and has received four nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress so far. Although box-office collections of her films have varied considerably, critics have noted that her niche as an actor remains unharmed irrespective of her commercial potent. Off-screen she is frequented in the media as a "controversy's child" with her bohemian stance and candid comments often described as "outspoken" and "bold".
Mala Sinha is a Nepali Indian actress who has worked in Hindi, Bengali and Nepali films. Recognised for her talent and beauty, she went on to become a popular leading actress in Hindi films from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. Sinha has starred in over a hundred film productions: popular ones include Pyaasa, Dhool Ka Phool, Anpadh, Dil Tera Deewana, Gumrah, Hariyali Aur Rasta', Himalaya Ki God Mein, Jahaanara, Aasra and Aankhen.
Gyanendra of Nepal
Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was the King of Nepal from 1950 to 1951 and again 2001 to 2008. He held the title of the King twice: first between 1950 and 1951 as a child when his grandfather, Tribhuvan, was forced into exile in India with the rest of his family; and from 2001 to 2008, following the Nepalese royal massacre. It is controversial whether the massacre was done by Dipendra or a joint conspiracy of Gyanendra and Paras, though Gyanendra has already refuted the claim. King Gyanendra's second reign was marked by constitutional turmoil. His predecessor King Birendra had established a constitutional monarchy in which he delegated policy to a representative government. The growing insurgency of the Nepalese Civil War during King Gyanendra's reign interfered with elections of representatives. After several delays in elections, King Gyanendra suspended the constitution and assumed direct authority in February 2005, assuring that it would be a temporary situation to suppress the Maoist insurgency. In the face of broad opposition, he restored the previous parliament in April 2006. His reign ended approximately two years later, when the Nepalese Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a republic and abolished the monarchy.
Dichen Lachman is a Nepali-born Australian actress and producer, best known for appearing in the soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski and Joss Whedon's science fiction drama television series Dollhouse as Sierra. Lachman portrayed Suren in the supernatural drama television series Being Human during the show's second season. She acted as executive producer on Lust for Love.
Birendra of Nepal
Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was the 11th King of Nepal and a South Asian statesman. The son of King Mahendra, whom he succeeded in 1972, he reigned until his death in the 2001 Nepalese royal massacre. He is the most internationally well-known Nepalese king in modern history.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal is a Nepali politician and Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal. He led a guerrilla war against the government and later served as Prime Minister of Nepal from 2008 to 2009. Prachanda led the CPN as it launched a communist insurgency on 13 February 1996. In the ensuing civil war, more than 17,000 Nepalese died. Ultimately elections were held in 2008 and the CPN emerged as the strongest party. The Constituent Assembly of Nepal elected Prachanda as Prime Minister in August 2008. Prachanda resigned as Prime Minister on 4 May 2009 after his attempt to sack the army chief, General Rookmangud Katawal, was opposed by President Ram Baran Yadav.
Dipendra of Nepal
Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was a member of the Nepalese Royal Family, who briefly reigned in a coma as King of Nepal from 1-4 June 2001. The official report submitted by the investigation team formed by the local government tells that, as the Crown Prince, he killed his family at a royal dinner on 1 June 2001, including his father King Birendra. The report also states that Dipendra was also mortally wounded by a self-inflicted gunshot to the side of the head. However, few really believe what was put forward to the general public. The Nepalese believe that the massacre was the result of a conspiracy rather than the Crown Prince murdering his entire family. Due to many controversies it was later acknowledged that Dipendra wasn't guilty of murder. He officially became king for three days as he lingered in a coma before dying.
Kiran Carrie Chetry is a Nepali-born American television broadcast journalist anchor who, until 2011, was a cable news anchor for CNN's early morning program. From 2001 to 2007 she reported – and then anchored – cable news at Fox News. She is currently not working as a journalist.
Jang Bahadur Rana
Maharaja Jung Bahadur Rana was a ruler of Nepal and founder of the Rana dynasty of Nepal. His real name was Bir Narsingh Kunwar but he became famous by the name Jung Bahadur, given to him by Mathebar Thapa, his maternal uncle. During his lifetime, he eliminated the factional fighting at the court, introduced innovations into the bureaucracy and the judiciary, and made efforts to "modernize" Nepal. He remains one of the most important figures in Nepalese history, though modern historians have also blamed Jung Bahadur for setting up the dictatorship that repressed the nation for more than 100 years and left it in a primitive economic condition. Others exclusively blame his nephews, the Shumsher Ranas, for Nepal's dark period of history. Rana rule was marked by tyranny, debauchery, economic exploitation and religious persecution.
Ani Choying Drolma
Ani Choying Dolma, also known as Choying Dolma and Ani Choying, is a Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. She is known in Nepal and throughout the world for bringing many Tibetan Buddhist chants and feast songs to mainstream audiences.
Mahendra of Nepal
Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal was King of Nepal from 1955 to 1972.
Ram Baran Yadav
Ram Baran Yadav is a Nepali politician who has been President of Nepal since 2008. Previously he served as Minister of Health from 1999 to 2001 and was General Secretary of the Nepali Congress party. He is Nepal's first President following the declaration of a republic in 2008. Yadav was the Minister of State for Health in the 1991-1994 Nepali Congress government. He was elected to the House of Representatives in the 1999 election as a candidate of the Nepali Congress. After that election, he became Minister of Health. In May 2007, Yadav's residence in Janakpur was attacked by militants of the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha. The JTMM put up a seizure notice at the house, hoisted their flags at it and detonated a bomb. Yadav contested the Dhanusa-5 constituency in the April 2008 Constituent Assembly election. He won the seat, obtaining 10,392 votes. Yadav was elected as the first President of Nepal in a second round of voting on 21 July 2008. He received 308 out of the 590 votes cast in the Constituent Assembly, defeating Ram Raja Prasad Singh, who had been nominated by the Communist Party of Nepal, in a second round of voting. Yadav was sworn in as President on 23 July 2008. Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yadav at the presidential palace, Shital Niwas, Rastrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala among others were present. Yadav also administered oath to Vice-President Parmananda Jha.
Dr. Baburam Bhattarai is a Nepali politician who was the 36th Prime Minister of Nepal from August 2011 to March 2013. As a way out of the political deadlock since the dissolution of the first Nepalese Constituent Assembly in May 2012, he was then replaced by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi to head an interim government that should hold elections by 21 June 2013. He is a senior Standing Committee Member and vice chairperson of Unified Communist Party of Nepal. His party started a revolutionary People's War in Nepal in 1996 that ultimately led to the change of the political system in Nepal. The decade long civil war transformed Nepal from a monarchy into a republic. He was elected to the Constituent Assembly from Gorkha in 2008 and became Finance Minister in the cabinet formed after the election.
Prithvi Narayan Shah
Prithvi Narayan Shah, King of Nepal was the first king of the unified Nepal. He is credited for starting the campaign for a unified Nepal, which had been divided and weakened under Malla confederacy. He was the ninth generation descendant of Dravya Shah, the founder of the ruling house of Gorkha. Prithvi Narayan Shah succeeded his father, King Nara Bhupal Shah to the throne of the Gorkha Kingdom in 1743.
Apa, nicknamed "Super Sherpa", is a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who, jointly with Phurba Tashi, holds the record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest more times than any other person. He has climbed the mountain twenty-one times as of May 2013. As part of The Eco Everest Expedition 2011, Apa made his 21st Mount Everest summit in May 2011.
Khagendra Thapa Magar
Khagendra Thapa Magar, son of Rup Bahadur and Dhana Maya Thapa Magar, was the shortest man in the world, measuring 0.67 m. Formerly the shortest teenager in the world, Magar took the title of shortest man from Edward Niño Hernández when he turned 18 on October 14, 2010. Magar is a primordial dwarf. He lost the title of "World's Shortest Man" on June 12, 2011, to Junrey Balawing of the Philippines.
Sher Bahadur Deuba
Sher Bahadur Deuba is a Nepalese politician who was Prime Minister of Nepal from 1995 to 1997, from 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005. He is the second senior most leader of the Nepali Congress. He has twice been elected as the leader of parliamentary party of the Nepali Congress, thus enabling him to be elected twice as the Prime Minister of Nepal. He was elected as Prime Minister for the second time when he succeeded Girija Prasad Koirala, who resigned in July 2001. A coup d'etat by King Gyanendra removed Deuba in October 2002. After two other governments, much political protest for his restoration especially in capital Kathmandu, Gyanendra restored Deuba to the position of Prime Minister in 2004. He was removed on February 1, 2005 by King Gyanendra, who dissolved the government for three years and seized direct power. He was sentenced to two years in prison in July 2005 under corruption charges, but was subsequently released on February 13, 2006, after the anti-corruption body that sentenced him was outlawed. An official from Deuba's Nepali Congress Democratic Party, Dip Kumar Upadhaya, told the Associated Press that the former premier's release was "a victory for democracy and a humiliating defeat for the royal regime".
Rāhula was the only son of Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha, and his wife Princess Yasodharā. Accounts of his life differ in certain points. The following is that given in the Pāli Canon.
Paras, Crown Prince of Nepal
Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Crown Prince of Nepal was the heir apparent to the throne of Nepal from 2001 until the abolition of the monarchy by the Interim Constituent Assembly in 2008 following Constituent Assembly elections.
Tribhuvan of Nepal
King Tribhuhvan Bir Bikram Shah, King of Nepal was King of Nepal from 11 December 1911 until his death. Born in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, he ascended to the throne at the age of five, upon the death of his father, King Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah, and crowned on 20 February 1913 at the Nasal Chowk, Hanuman Dhoka Palace in Kathmandu, with his mother acting as regent. At the time, however, the position of monarch was mainly titular, with real power in the country residing in the powerful, conservative Rana family, which supplied the country with its hereditary prime minister. The Rana period is known for the tyranny, debauchery, economic exploitation and religious persecution by the rulers. Tensions between the royal family and the Ranas came to a head during World War I. The Ranas wanted to join the war in support of Britain, which controlled India to the south. The prime minister, HH Maharaja Sri Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana always had his way with the young king, who eventually ordered the troops to go to war. By the mid-1930s, popular discontent with the Ranas led to the establishment of several movements, notably the Praja Parishad, to which Tribhuvan himself gave explicit support, to overthrow the Ranas. In each instance, however, the Ranas responded harshly, banning the liberal movements and executing their leadership.
Rohit Chand is a Nepalese footballer, who plays for Indonesian side Persija Jakarta in the Indonesia Super League. Chand is the youngest player to play for the Nepali senior team at full international level. Moreover, Chand is also Nepal's highest paid footballer.
Paras Khadka is a Nepalese cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, he has played for the Nepal national cricket team since 2004. He led Nepal to win the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five and get promoted to 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four. He again won the ICC World Cricket League Division Four and again win the division 3 and promoted to 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier match which was to be held in New Zealand.
Madhav Kumar Nepal
Madhav Kumar Nepal is a Nepali politician who was Prime Minister of Nepal from May 25, 2009 until February 6, 2011. Nepal announced his resignation as Prime Minister on June 30, 2010. He was previously the General Secretary of Communist Party of Nepal for 15 years. M.K. Nepal was born to Mangal Kumar Upadhyaya and Durgadevi Upadhaya. He graduated in Commerce from Tribhuvan University in 1973 and worked in banking and civil service before turning to full-time politics.
Namrata Shrestha is a Nepalese model and an actress. She is well known for her role in the romantic film Sano Sansar released in 2008, "Mero Euta Sathi Cha" and her appearance in music videos. Before embarking on her acting career, she was involved in theater acts and modeling.
Bhanubhakta Acharya The first poet of Nepal. He translated the great epic 'Ramayana' from Sanskrit to Nepali. Born to a Brahmin family in 1814 in Tanahu, he received at home an excellent education with a strong leaning towards religion from his grandfather. Nepalese people commemorate 29th Asar as "Bhanu jayanti", the birthday of Bhanubhakta Acharya, who is also more popularly known as "Nepal ka Adikavi". "Adikavi" in reference to Bhanubhakta had first been used by Motiram Bhatta. While writing a biography of Bhanubhakta in 1881 AD, Motiram described him as Adikavi, not because he was the first poet in Nepali. As Motiram himself recognized, there were many poets before Bhanubhakta. Instead, he argued that Bhanubhakta deserved the title because he was the first poet who wrote with an understanding of the "marma" of poetry. Bhanubhakta was a first Nepali poet who translated the great epic "Ramayana" from Sanskrit to Nepali. His writing was significant in the then Nepalese society where common people did not have access to this great epic. Only people belonging to Brahmin families were educated and could read and write Sanskrit. His translation of Ramayan in Nepali language was a milestone in Nepali literature as it was written in common language understood by all.
Khil Raj Regmi
Khil Raj Regmi is the current Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal and de facto Prime Minister of Nepal. He has been in office since March 2013 when he was appointed as a compromise candidate to oversee new parliamentary elections. He has served as Chief Justice of Nepal since May 2011, having been appointed by President Ram Baran Yadav after the expiry of the term of his predecessor, Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha. In early 2013, the main political parties agreed to install Regmi as chairman of cabinet on a short-term basis, to oversee elections. He was sworn in on 14 March 2013 by President Yadav.
Narayan Gopal Guruacharya is the most prominent and popular singer and composer in the history of Nepali music. He is popularly referred to as "Swar Samrat" in Nepali music. He is also known as "Tragedy King." He is well known as a singer as well as a composer. His voice range allowed him to sing songs of every genre of Nepali music. His songs are often richly orchestrated with the sitar, harmonium and flute. He belongs to the first generation of Nepali singers who took singing as a profession. His songs have also been used in movies and dramas.
Amrita Acharia is a Norwegian actress of Ukrainian and Nepalese background.
Laxmi Prasad Devkota
Laxmi Prasad Devkota, was a Nepali poet. Devkota is considered the greatest poet of Nepali language—he has been given the title of "Maha Kavi" of Nepali language.
Daya Vivian Vaidya is an actress known for her role as Nina Inara in the television series Unforgettable.
Dachhiri Sherpa is a Nepali cross-country skier who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 92nd in the 15 km event at Vancouver in 2010.
Jharna Bajracharya is a Nepali film actress. She was crowned Miss Nepal in 1997, at the age of sixteen.
Marich Man Singh Shrestha
Marich Man Singh Shrestha was a Nepalese politician and former Prime Minister of Nepal. He was born in 1942 in Khalanga Bazar, Salyan, Nepal.
Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Thubten Zöpa Rinpoche is a lama from Thami, a village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Early in life, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, from the same region. He took his monastic vows at Dungkar Monastery in Tibet where he travelled in 1957, but he had to flee due to severe treatment on monks inflicted by the Chinese army after the 1959 Tibetan uprising. Instead of continuing in Tibet, his spiritual teacher, Geshe Rabten, entrusted him to the care of Lama Thubten Yeshe. Thubten Zöpa learned English at the Young Lamas Home School. Lama Zöpa has received teachings from many high lamas. Lama Zöpa met the previous Panchen Lama in Nepal in 1986 and in Tibet. "Lama Zöpa" is most noteworthy as the co-founder, with Lama Yeshe, of Kopan Monastery and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Since the 1984 death of Lama Yeshe, Lama Zöpa has served as the FPMT's spiritual director. Zöpa's books are published by Wisdom Publications. Free transcripts of some of his teachings are available from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. There is an extensive biography of him in the book The Lawudo Lama by Jamyang Wangmo.
Anuradha Koirala is a social activist and the founder and director of Maiti Nepal – a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. Currently, Maiti Nepal operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, as well as transit homes at the Indo-Nepal border towns, preventive homes in the countryside, and an academy in Kathmandu. As the name suggests, Maiti Nepal has been a refuge for women rescued from the brothels in India. The women can stay in the homes run by Maiti Nepal until they are able to return to their homes or if not accepted by their parents they may stay until they become able to live on their own. Maiti Nepal also works on reuniting the rescued women with their families, patrolling Indo-Nepal border with police and other law enforcement authorities and also rescuing trafficked women from the brothels in India with the help of Indian authorities. Koirala received the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts on August 25, 2006. She won the CNN Hero of the Year award in 2010. The United States government has given a two-year grant of $500,000 to Maiti Nepal in April 2010.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He has authored two best-selling books and oversees the Tergar Meditation Community, a global network of Buddhist meditation centers.
Jaimini was an ancient Indian rishi, who was a great philosopher of the Mimansa school of Indian philosophy. He was the disciple of the great Rishi Veda Vyasa, the son of Rishi Parashara.
Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī was the first woman to request ordination from the Buddha and to join the Saṅgha. Mayadevi and Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī were Koliyan Princess and sisters of Suprabuddha. Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī was both the Buddha's maternal aunt and adoptive mother, raising him after her sister, Queen Maya, the Buddha's birth mother, died. Mahapajapati Gotami died at the age of 120.
Nisha Adhikari is a Nepalese actress, beauty queen, model, VJ and RJ. She is an actress well known for her role in the film First Love released in 2010 and her appearance in music videos. Before embarking on her acting career, she was involved in beauty contests and modelling. Adhikari also became the first Nepali actress to summit the world's highest peak. Adhikari stepped on the summit at about 8 am NST dated 21st May 2013 .
Bhimsen Thapa was the Prime Minister of Nepal from 1806 to 1837. After his initial rise to power during the reign of Rana Bahadur, the immature age of Girvan Yuddha Shah and Rajendra Bikram Shah, coupled with the support from Rani Tripurasundari, who was also his niece, allowed him to continue to stay in power. During his prime ministership, the Gurkha empire had already reached its greatest expanse from Sutlej river in the west to the Teesta river in the east. Nepal entered into a disastrous Anglo-Nepalese War with the East India Company lasting from 1814–16, which was concluded with the Treaty of Sugauli, by which Nepal lost almost one-third of its land. The death of Queen Tripurasundari in 1832, his strongest supporter, and the adulthood of king Rajendra, weakened his hold on power. The conspiracies and infighting with rival courtiers finally led to his imprisonment and death by suicide.
Jhala Nath Khanal
Jhala Nath Khanal is a Nepali politician who was the 34th Prime Minister of Nepal from February 2011 to August 2011. He is Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal and Leader of the Constituent Assembly Parliamentary Party of the CPN.
Hari Bansha Acharya
Hari Bansha Acharya is a Nepalese actor and a comedian. He is one of the most successful and respected comedians in the Nepalese entertainment industry. He is well known for his method acting. He is one of the comedy duo, "MaHa Jodi", the other one being Madan Krishna Shrestha. He also performs on stage most of the time with his partner, Madan Krishna Shrestha. He is one of the most successful comedians of all time.
Sabine Kuegler is a German author. She has written several books, two of which have been translated into English. These two books are related to her uncommon childhood: from age 7 to age 17 she lived with her parents and two siblings in the jungle of West Papua, with the remote tribe of the Fayu. Her parents were the first whites to live with the newly discovered tribe of about 400 people, who hunted with bow and arrow, ate snakes, insects and worms, and practiced inter-tribal warfare and revenge killings. The Kueglers were there to study the tribe's language. Her mother, trained as a nurse, performed midwife duties with the tribe. At age 17, Sabine Kuegler left and attended a Swiss boarding school. She is divorced and has four children. Her parents have returned to Germany. Her best-selling first book Dschungelkind describes her experiences in the two different cultures and her occasional nostalgia for the simpler, slower life of the tribe. An English translation appeared in the same year and a German film adaptation in 2011. Her second book, Ruf des Dschungels describes a visit to the Fayu that she undertook in late 2005. A third book, "Jäger und Gejagt" describes her experiences living in Europe.
Aniko or Anige was one of the key figures in the arts of Nepal, Tibet, and Yuan China, and the artistic exchanges in these areas. He was born in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, during the reign of Abhaya Malla. During the reign of Jaya Bhim Dev Malla, he was sent on a project to build a golden stupa in Tibet, where he also initiated into monkhood. From Tibet he was sent further to China to work in the court of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, the founder of Yuan dynasty, where he brought the trans-Himalayan artistic tradition to influence the Chinese art. Years later in China, he returned to laity and married a Mongol girl. He married seven other women from whom he had a total of 6 sons and 8 daughters. Due to some confusion in translation, his name is variously written as Arniko or Araniko in old texts. A mistake made by Baburam Acharya ascribed his Sanskrit name as Balabahu. However later he contends that Aniko might possibly be the Chinese pronunciation for Sanskrit name Aneka.
Anil Gurung is a Nepali international football player who made headlines when he was selected for a trial for Chelsea reserve team and Woking F.C in England. Sahara Club, Nepal and Sahara Football Club, UK jointly initiated the trial-selection process. Sahara Club, a local football Club in Pokhara, which has branches in the UK, had applied for Anil’s trial. In England, Gurung went through a four-month long trial, where he put his footballing skills to the test. Chelsea F.C. took care of all his footballing expenses during the trial period. He currently plays for Manang Marshyangdi Club and for his national side Nepal.
Himani, Crown Princess of Nepal
Himani Shah, Former Crown Princess of Nepal is the wife of the former heir apparent to the throne of Nepal, Crown Prince Paras.
Princess Shruti of Nepal
Princess Shruti Rajya Laxmi Devi Singh was the daughter of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya, and sister of King Dipendra and Prince Nirajan.
Manose Singh is bansuri flutist born in Bouddhanath, Nepal in 1979. He began studying the bansuri as a child, under the tutelage of Mandan Dev Bhatta. While his formal education involved an exceedingly rigorous study and practice of Hindustani music and instrumentation, he nonetheless became intimate with many western musical forms and developed an astonishing facility for improvisation within diverse scale structures. Manose's hometown, Boudha, Nepal stands on the ancient route leading from the Himalayan mountains down into the Kathmandu valley. It is just upriver from Nepal's most holy Hindu temple, and is home itself to an important Buddhist shrine. An influx of Tibetan refugees who congregated around the great Boudhanath shrine, and the outward growth of Kathmandu city has created there a nexus where everyone from religious pilgrims, to enclaves of traders, and Western adventurers converged to meet, mingle, haggle, and gawk. It is dusty and colorful, a Babylon of languages and traditions. Here eight-year-old Manose fell in love with the bamboo flute one night when a fortuitous breeze wafted its song through his bedroom window. Truly, the sound of the bansuri is seductive. Compared to a silver flute it has a husky warmth that mimics the human voice. And because it is not valved like a silver flute, its potential for subtle expressiveness is practically limitless.
Ang Rita is a mountain climber who has climbed Mount Everest ten times without the use of supplemental oxygen, and is thus known as "The Snow Leopard". When he made his sixth climb of Everest in 1990 he set a world record for the number of successful ascents, eventually reaching 10 in 1996. He is a Sherpa born in 1948 in small village called Yillajung in eastern Nepal.
Tripti Nadakar is a Nepali film actress. Tripti has performed in more than a dozen Nepali films. Her hit movies were Samjhana, Kusume Rumal, Saino and Lahure. She and Bhuwan K.C. were dubbed the first golden couple of Nepali film industry. Tripti was paid Rs. 150,000 to act in ‘Saino’. That was two decades ago, and there are still a very few actress who get that much money for a movie.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit is a Nepali eye surgeon whose small-incision cataract surgery with the use of inexpensive intraocular lenses has enabled hundreds of thousands of poor cataract patients of Nepal and other countries to regain their sight. Dr. Ruit was awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 and Thailand's Prince Mahidol Award in 2007.
Aaryan Sigdel is a Nepali Film actor who has appeared in Nepali language films. He is known for his good looks and spontaneous acting. Aaryan Sigdel debuted in Kismat and then played a lead role in a romantic lovestory Mero Euta Saathi Cha, as a young royal spoilt brat. The film was highly inspired by the Korean hit A Millionaire's First Love. His portrayal of Jay Shamsher Junga Bahadur Rana was highly appreciated and generated lots of fan-base for him. His character in this film is said to be one of the best male character ever depicted in Nepali silver-screen.
Karishma Manandhar/ K.C. raised in Jharuarashi, Lalitpur is a Nepali actress. She made her acting debut at the age of 14 in the movie Santaan Opposite very popular Actor Bhuwan K.C.. She is married to the well-known film director Binod Manandhar with whom she worked in the movie Kasturi. She is well known as Karishma Manandhar by the audience because of her rapid gain of popularity after marriage. She has a daughter Kabita Manandhar with Binod.Kabita manandhar studied in Shuvatara School and completed her SLC from there. She was recently awarded with the title of "Best Actress" in November 2007. She is the most popular actress in the history of Nepali film industry. According to some sources, she spent her childhood in poverty and did not have good experiences. Currently, she is in a hiatus position due to her career in the Nepali movie industry. She was also the brand ambassador for Lux beauty soap for few years.
Nikhil Upreti or Nikhil Uprety is a Nepali actor. His first film was Pijada, released in 2000, in which he jumped from a seven-story building in the Kantipur Complex. He has worked in more than 110 films. won Best Actor in National Films Award for Haami Tin Bhai. He was awarded with Rastriya Nagarik Swarna Samman. After years in Mumbai, he was scheduled to direct and act in a Hindi movie called 'Commitment'.
Lachhiman Gurung VC was a Nepalese recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Queen Komal of Nepal
Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah is the Queen Consort of King Gyanendra of Nepal. She was the last Queen Consort of Nepal before the Monarchy was abolished on 28 May 2008.
Ju Manu Rai
Ju Manu Rai is a Nepalese footballer, who currently plays for Nepal Police Club and his national side Nepal
Bhuwan K.C. is a Nepali film actor and producer. He has acted in more than a hundred films, including some foreign films, in his film career of almost 30 years. Nepali Babu is one of his hit films. His other films that have become hits are Samjhana, Kusume Rumal, Saino, Dakshina, Kanyadan, Chelibeti and Juni.
Sahana Bajracharya is a Nepalese model, actress, TV anchor & media personality. She was crowned as Miss Nepal 2010 1st Runner Up & Miss Nepal Earth 2010. She was also the host of Mega Model Season 2 the spin-off of America's Next Top Model.
Samrat Upadhyay is a Nepalese writer who writes in English. Upadhyay is a professor of creative writing as well as Director of Graduate Studies at Indiana University. He is the first Nepali-born fiction writer writing in English to be published in the West. He was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, and came to the United States at the age of twenty-one. He lives with his wife and daughter in Bloomington, Indiana. He was an English professor at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio before moving to Indiana in 2003. His books specially portray the current situation in Nepal, which Upadhyay views largely though the lens of contemporary American realist fiction. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Upadhyay is "like a Buddhist Chekhov."
Babu Chiri Sherpa
Babu Chiri Sherpa was a Sherpa mountaineer from Nepal. He was a legendary guide who reached the summit of Mount Everest ten times. He held 2 world records on Everest. He spent 21 hours on the summit of Everest without auxiliary oxygen, and he made the fastest ascent of Everest in 16 hours and 56 minutes.
Shakti Prasad Gauchan is a Nepali cricketer. A right-handed batsman and leg spin bowler, he has played for the Nepal national cricket team since 2002. He is the only Nepali cricketer to take an international hat-trick. He became a key player to win Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite, 2012/13 cup
Manjushree Thapa is a Nepali writer. She grew up in Nepal, Canada and the USA. She began to write upon completing her BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her first book was Mustang Bhot in Fragments. In 2001 she published the novel The Tutor of History, which she had begun as her MFA thesis in the creative writing program at the University of Washington. Her best known book is Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy, published just weeks before the royal coup in Nepal on 1 February 2005. The book was shortlisted for the Lettre Ulysses Award in 2006. After the publication of the book, Thapa left the country to write against the coup. In 2007 she published a short story collection, Tilled Earth. In 2009 she published a biography of a Nepali environmentalist: 'A Boy from Siklis: The Life and Times of Chandra Gurung.' The following year she published a novel, 'Seasons of Flight.' In 2011 she published a nonfiction collection, 'The Lives We Have Lost: Essays and Opinions on Nepal.' She has also written as an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. During the fall and winter of 2011, she was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon.
Bipana Thapa is a leading Nepali Actress.
Queen Ratna of Nepal
Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah was Queen consort of Nepal from 1955 to 1972 and Queen Mother from 1972 to 2008 when the royal family were stripped of all titles and provileges. She was technically the Queen Grandmother of Nepal for three days following the Nepalese royal massacre in 2001. She is the second wife of King Mahendra of Nepal. Queen Ratna belongs to the aristocratic Rana family and is the daughter of Late Honorary General Hari Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and his wife, Megha Kumari Rajya Laxmi.
Mahaboob Alam, also known as Mehaboob Alam is a Nepali cricketer. A left-handed batsman and left-arm medium pace bowler, he has played for the Nepal national cricket team since 2000.
Arjun Narasingha K.C.
Arjun Narasingha K.C. is a Nepalese politician, belonging to the Nepali Congress. He was the Joint General Secretary of Nepali Congress and the spokesperson of the party. The Nepali Congress is a Nepalese political party. Nepali Congress led the 1950 Democratic Movement which successfully ended the Rana dynasty and allowed commoners to take part in the politics. It again led a democratic movement in 1990, in partnership with leftist forces, to end monarchy and reinstate parliamentary democracy. With the 12-point agreement of 22 November 2005 it worked together with the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist to end King Gyanendra's take over of the government.
Tul Bahadur Pun
Tul Bahadur Pun VC was a Nepalese recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He later achieved the rank of Honorary Lieutenant. In addition to the Victoria Cross, Pun was awarded 10 other medals, including the Burma Star. He was refused entrance to the UK by British officials in Nepal as he was unable to demonstrate strong enough ties with the UK for him to be allowed to settle there. On 1 June 2007 this decision was overturned by the British Asylum & Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne, due to the "exceptional" nature of the case.
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepali woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest.family and was involved in climbing from her teens.She had successfully climbed Mont Blanc, Cho Oyu, and others. She had attempted Everest three times before, but did not succeed until April 22, 1993 when she reached the summit by the South Col via the Southeast Ridge route. The morning of April 22, 1993, was bright and clear and remained and so till Pasang reached the top of the 8,848 m. peak with five Sherpas, Sonam Tshering Sherpa, Lhakpa Noru Sherpa, Pemba Dorje Sherpa and Dawa Tashi Sherpa. Meanwhile, a member of the team and five times Everest Sumitter, Sherpa Sonam Tshering got seriously sick at south summit and, despite Pasang Lhamu's efforts to help, did not survive his illness. While descending from the summit, tragedy struck the team. The weather, as often happens in the mountains, suddenly turned bad, causing her to lose her life on the south summit. She was fully aware of the peril, but that did not deter Pasang from getting to her goal, even if it meant sacrificing her life. Vladas Vitkauskas helped move her body down the mountain. For achieving what no other Nepalese woman had achieved before her, Pasang Lhamu was posthumously honored by her country and the mountaineers all around the world in various ways. She was the very first woman to be decorated with the "Nepal Tara" by His Majesty the King. The National Youth Foundation conferred the 1993-94 Youth Excellence Award on her. Similarly, in order to commemorate her feat, a life-size statue of Pasang Lhamu was erected at Bouddha, Chuchepati; a postage stamp was issued in her name; the Government of Nepal renamed Jasamba Himal in the Mahalangur Range as Pasang Lhamu Peak; the Ministry of Agriculture named a special strain of wheat as Pasang Lhamu wheat; the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Hall was established in Dhulabari of Jhapa district in east Nepal; and the 117- Km Trishuli-Dunche road was named the Pasang Lhamu Highway.
Ram Krishna Dhakal
Ram Krishna Dhakal is a famous modern, pop, playback singer, actor and reality show judge from Nepal. He was discovered at an early age by Arjun Pokwal. Ram Krishna Dakhal started his musical career early in his childhood when he covered popular songs by another prominent singer of Nepal, Narayan Gopal. During his early period, Dakhal struggled singing amongst his group but he soon broke out into national attention and ultimately established himself as one of the Nepalese artist. He rose to fame with his song Orali lageko harin ko chhal bho As a small kid, he used to sing at social functions and events. People were impressed by his singing ability and voice. He modelled his singing style after Narayan Gopal; Dhakal acknowledges that he is a big fan of the late maestro. It would be fair to say that he benefited from the void left by Narayan Gopal's death. People were looking for some one to fill the void. In fact, they were looking for the next Narayan Gopal. But he was able to make his album and be a popular singer because of his god father Gopal Karmacharya. He appeared in the movie Aashirbad in the lead role. It is said that the story of movie was based or inspired by his own personal story of struggle and his rise to fame. It was a successful film, partly aided by good music.
Jal Shah is a leading Nepali Actress. She currently stays in USA with her family. She used to be very popular actress when she was acting in Nepali movies. She started her career with a religious movie named "Shreeswasthani" in 1994 in a small role. She made debut in commercial movies in the movie "Avatar" which co-starred actors Rajesh Hamal and Gauri Malla in 1996 directed by Prakash Sayami. Since then, she has acted in around 50 Nepali feature films. Her first superhit Kollywood/Nepali movie in a leading role was 1998 movie "Thuldai" starring very popular actor Shiva Shrestha and her in leading roles. Her performance in the song "Suna Suna Sanam" from the movie was loved by the viewers. She has portrayed various characters in movies ranging from a simple village girl to a complete housewife in mostly emotional roles.
Madan Krishna Shrestha
Madan Krishna Shrestha is a Nepalese comedian. Together with Hari Bansha Acharya they form MaHa which has been called "probably the most popular comic duo in Nepal".
Bharat Khawas is a Nepalese footballer who plays for Nepal Police Club.
Basanta Regmi, born 6 April 1986, is a Nepali cricketer. A left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he has played more than 40 times for the Nepal national cricket team.
Mahabir Pun is a Nepali teacher known for his extensive work in applying wireless technologies to develop remote areas of the Himalayas, also known as the Nepal Wireless Networking Project. He is a widely known figure in Nepal, and his work has been recognized by the Ashoka Foundation, the Raymod Magsaysay Foundation, University of Nebraska, and Global Ideas Bank.
Ganesh Man Singh
Ganesh Man Singh was the commander of Nepalese democratic movement of 1990 AD. He was the first Asian to receive United Nations Human Rights Award. He is one of the most revered politicians of Nepal. He is the only person ever in the History of Nepal to refuse to become the Prime Minister when requested by the monarch and supported by the people and is known as the Father of Democracy in Nepal.
'dilip rayamjhi is a nationally acclaimed extraordinary Nepalese Actor, producer, choreographer and a dance director who is amongst the elite few actors who has risen to the industry pinnacle and carved a niche of his own. Rayamajhi first became known in 1990's when he began his career as an emerging actor in 1996. Since then he has played in more than 150 movies in the lead role. Most of the movies he has played were amongst the widely commercially successful pictures of the decade that catapulted Rayamajhi to stardom. Movies like "Darpan Chayya","Lahana", "Superstar", "Miss u.." "Zindagani", were one of the blockbusters celebrating 50/100 days of continuously showcased movies in many major theatres across Nepal and managed some major international previews. Rayamajhi has been representing Nepali movie industry in a broader Nepali communities living abroad by participating in many cultural programs & being chief jury member and sponsor for many different shows. He has been contributing his skills, effort, innovation and huge shift in contemporary acting/directing by preserving, promoting and introducing Nepali movies as well as newcomers to the industry. He is also renowned for his Choreography in more than 12 films thus far.
Shiva Shankar Manandhar was a singer, music composer of Nepali songs and the chief actor in the first Nepali movie, Aama. For nearly a half century beginning from 1950 to late 1990, his name has probably been mentioned more often in books, journals, lectures and conversations about Nepalese music than any other musicians. Singing and composing music for songs of love, tragedy, devotion and patriotism, he pioneered many of the genres of the modern Nepali songs. He has composed music for around 1,200 Nepalese songs. He himself sang about three hundred songs. For these contributions Shankar was bestowed with dozens of prestigious national awards. Shankar was recruited to the service of the state-owned Radio Nepal in 1951 by Bal Krishna Sama, the pre-eminent playwright of Nepal. Soon he was assigned with duty to explore and mentor new musical talents, supervise, and quality control the songs being recorded in the studio for radio broadcast. Together with his colleague Nati Kaji, he made Radio Nepal an institution for breeding modern Nepalese music and songs. All Nepalese singers and musicians of the later half of the twentieth century came into prominence through this institution. Radio Nepal fostered not only the in-country musical talents, but also motivated several prodigious musicians of Darjeeling, to blossom in Nepal. They included Ambar Gurung, Gopal Yonzan, Aruna Lama and several others.
Prince Nirajan of Nepal
Prince Niranjan Bir Bikram Shah Dev, was a Prince of Nepal, younger brother of King Dipendra, who was responsible for the Nepalese royal massacre, in which Nirajan and other royals were killed at a dinner in 2001. Nirajan was next in line to the throne after Dipendra.
Sabin Rai is a Nepalese singer. He was born on February 5, 1974, in Dharan, which is in the eastern part of Nepal. He has a huge fan base in Nepal, north-east India and the Nepalese diaspora abroad. He has sometimes been dubbed the Bryan Adams of Nepal due to his similar husky voice with the Canadian singer/songwriter. The song which catapulated him into overnight sensation is "Komal Tyo Timro". He regularly tours around the world including Hong Kong, UK, US and Canada. This gifted singer's very popular songs are Namuna, Aafno katha.
Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung VC, also known as Bhanbhakta Gurung, was a Nepalese recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, awarded for his actions while serving as a Rifleman with the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in Burma during the Second World War.
Sagar Thapa is a footballer from Nepal and currently captains the national team. He made his first appearance for the Nepal national football team in 2003. Since then, Thapa has represented his country in 50 international matches which puts him behind only Bal Gopal Maharjan and Upendra Man Singh. As a Defender, he is a commanding figure in the field and has a good judgement and anticipation. His best moment for Nepal was probably the 94th minute winner against Bangladesh in the SAFF Championship 2011. The goal was reminiscent of the goal that Ronaldinho scored against England in the 2002 World Cup. Sagar is one of the best player of Nepal in defense line. He is also a player of the year 2012 and he was awarded big gift for that. Thapa plays for Friends Club in the domestic league. He took the role of interim coach for Friends Club after their coach Dilkaji Gurung resigned. Nepali National Football team captain Sagar Thapa has been declared player of the year. All Nepal Football Association made such declaration amid a press conference in the Capital on Friday. On the occasion, ANFA awarded an apartment to Thapa. Receiving the award, Thapa said such honor for players have bestowed more responsibility upon them. Thapa had made his debut in a football tournament against South Korea in 2002 .
Kamal Thapa is the current president of Nepal's only royalist party, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal. He served as a Home Minister during King Gyanendra's direct rule in 2006 until the king was forced to handover power to Girija Prasad Koirala of the Nepali Congress Party and his allies with Communist Party of Nepal and Unified Communist Party of Nepal. "Thapa and his party are on a signature campaign, asking for a referendum to decide the fate of monarchy, and the former minister is camping in his home constituency Hetauda as well as the Terai districts, trying to drum up support for the restoration of the crown." Mr. Thapa claims that no political parties in Nepal possess the guts who could safeguard Nepali Nationality. “Now the onus lay only with the institution of monarchy to safeguard Nepali sovereignty and National Unity”, says Thapa. He also dared the government to re-investigate the royal massacre and dig out the truths. “Those blaming former King Gyanendra Shah for the massacre are now holding power in the government. I challenge them to track down the guilty.” RPP-N organised bandh on 22 February 2010 as part of its agitation demanding timely promulgation of constitution, end of current problems like load shedding and the current political deadlock and referendum on some key issues to be incorporated in the new constitution including constitutional monarchy, Hindu nation and federalism.
Chittadhar Hridaya was a Nepalese poet. He is regarded as one of the greatest literary figures from Nepal in the 20th century. The title of Kavi Keshari was conferred on him by King Mahendra of Nepal in 1956. He wrote primarily in Nepal Bhasa but has created works in Nepali and Hindi too. Hridaya dedicated his life to serving his mother tongue, rejecting a flourishing ancestral business and suffering imprisonment by an autocratic government. In 1941, he was jailed for five years by the Rana regime for writing a poem in Nepal Bhasa because they wanted to suppress the language.
Bishnu Shrestha is a retired Gurkha soldier in the Indian army and recipient of the Sena Medal for bravery, and the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak medal, both awarded for his gallant conduct during an armed train robbery.
Jharna/Jharana Thapa is a leading Nepali actress. Jharana Thapa has been nominated as brand ambassador for the End Water Poverty campaign in Nepal.
Sunil Thapa is a leading Nepali actor who has appeared in Bollywood and Nepali films. He started his career in the Hindi-language movie Ek duje ke liye. He is an enigmatic figure in the Nepal movie Industry, winning almost each n every award of the industry, including the Motion Pictures award Nepal twice.
Reecha Sharma is a Nepali actress. She one of 10 semi-finalists in the Miss Nepal 2007 pageant and has been popular for her acting in music videos and ramps. Her first movie was First Love, followed by My Love Story.
Chandra Prakash Mainali
Chandra Prakash Mainali is a communist politician in Nepal. He was born to Dhanpati and Chandrakumari Mainali. From 1965 onwards he was involved in the student movement. In 1970, Mainali joined the Communist Party of Nepal. During his years as a political activist, he had aliases such as Jay, Subhas, Devi and Kanchan. In 1971, Mainali was one of a group of young leaders of the Jhapa District Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal. The other main leaders of this group were Radha Krishna Mainali, Mainali's brother, and Mohan Chandra Adhikari. The group was inspired by the Naxalbari rebellion in India and its leader Charu Majumdar. In May 1971, the group initiated an armed rebellion, killing landlords and other perceived class enemies. The leadership of the party did not approve of the methods used by the Jhapa movement, and Mainali and his fellows were now an independent grouping. The rebellion was rapidly crushed by the state forces and hundreds of its followers were killed, jailed or forced into exile. Nevertheless, the group continued to conduct clandestine political work amongst the peasants of Jhapa. In 1975, the survivors of the Jhapa movement took the initiative to found the All Nepal Communist Revolutionary Coordination Committee. Other small groups merged with ANCRCC. On December 26, 1978, ANCRCC organized the founding congress of the Communist Party of Nepal. Mainali was elected general secretary of the party. CPN was an underground party, and conducted small-scale, armed activities against the regime and feudal landlords.
Mohan Bikram Singh
Mohan Bikram Singh, often referred to as MBS, party name Gharti, is a Nepalese politician. His father was a wealthy landlord in Pyuthan District who was close to King Tribhuvan. MBS however joined the opposition Nepali Congress, and took part in the 1950–1951 uprising for democracy. MBS joined the united Communist Party of Nepal in 1953. In 1957 he was elected to the Central Committee of the party. In 1961, when the party was divided in different tendencies, MBS rallied the leftist sections, raising the demand for a Constituent Assembly. The line of MBS found much support amongst party grassroots, but he did not get any support from fellow Central Committee members. When the party was divided in 1962, MBS sided with the more radical Communist Party led by Tulsi Lal Amatya. In 1971 MBS was released from jail. Man Mohan Adhikari had been released in 1969. Together with Shamburam Shrestha and Nirmal Lama they formed the 'Central Nucleus', which sought to unify with Communist Party of Nepal. That merger never took of, and the Central Nucleus was divided. In 1974 MBS and Nirmal Lama held a 'Fourth Convention' of the Communist Party of Nepal. Effectively their faction constituted a separate party, Communist Party of Nepal.