Nepali Tara: The woman on top

Himalayan News Service


Bimla Rai needs no introduction. She is well loved for her excellent contributions in the field of music and is doing a wonderful job as one of the judges for Nepali Tara. “It was a difficult job choosing the top 20 from thousands but when I look back at it, it was worth it,” said Bimla Rai, renowned singer and one of the judges for Nepali Tara. As difficult as it was, Bimla feels that it has been a wonderful experience. “I got this wonderful opportunity to be in the jury. I should say I am proud to be one of them. I am very thankful to the organisers for choosing me as one of the judges. It is a lifetime experience, I should say,” added Rai.

There are many positive points of the show but the best part, according to Rai, is that the talents that are hidden are now brought to the fore. “Another thing touched me the most. I was so proud to know that people in Nepal were so much into music. Their love for music makes us happy,” said Rai.

Amongst the contestants Rai feels that men were more melodious and were more talented then women. “The decision was tough. There was lots of responsibility on our head but we are glad that we have chosen 20 gems from the crowd,” said Rai. Though the days were tough and often tiring there were some lively incidents to keep them going. “Once a Punjabi fellow came in for the audition. I could not make out what he was trying to sing. We were perplexed and did not know what to do with him. Suddenly he started peeling off his turban and moustache. It was then we came to know Bijeshji was a playing prank on us,” laughs Rai.