After 5-month hunt for a singing sensation, fair and clear track of the talent and widest audience support, the Nepal’s edition of Pop Idol franchise have officially announced Buddha Lama as first ever Nepal Idol from the grand finale that took place at Asian Two Amphitheatre, Grand Mall, Sanaya in Doha, Qatar, today.
In an interview with WAVE, the 18-year-old Lama said, “Now, I want to become adorable, not only for people of my community but for everyone. I will pursue my career in music, and see people appreciating my musical works.”
A resident of Bastolatar, Pokhara, Lama’s musical journey began after his sister dragged him into the music scene and dragooned him into enrolling at Trivet Sangitalaya institute. To learn music better, Lama later joined Gurukul Institute and devoted himself to music from a fairly young age. He learned to play harmonium, along with other percussive and stringed instruments.
Lama’s years of learning produced yields of successes: first being tagged as the fourth top singer in the singing competition Big Icon in 2012; second as the performer in various shows; third as the singer of few records; and finally, as the winner of Nepal’s first Idol franchise Nepal Idol.
Amidst the widest fanfare, Nepal Idol announced Nishan Bhattarai as the first runner-up and Pratap Das as second runner-up.
While most Nepalis were glued on foreign reality TV shows with no expectation of watching something grand in Nepali television channels, AP1 Television brought Nepal Idol, Nepal’s edition of international Pop Idol franchise. Produced under the format created by Simon Fuller and owned by Fremantle Media & 19TV Ltd, Nepal Idol delivered a total of 38 episodes that possessed the quality of global standards, and in six months on the spin, the much-needed entertainment reality show left everyone awestruck.