Written by Roneeshma Shrestha
Photos by Satyan Shrestha
Latterly, pop icon Nabin K. Bhattarai is seen being hyperactive on his social networking platforms and YouTube channel. Be it from posting his evergreen hits or pictures from his recent gigs or good-old days, the 44-year-old songster is performing his best to stay kicking. The best of all, he is revealing his new songs one after another. In all the intents and purposes, we came to know that he is coming up with his new album; 15th feather in his cap.
Bhattarai has already released 14 studio albums in his 27-year-long successful existence in Nepali music scene, and like in the yesteryears, Bhattarai is not releasing his album in one go this time. A thorough scanning of his Facebook page found Bhattarai releasing his new songs one after another. On July 27, he posted a flyer on his Facebook page and revealed that he was soon coming up with a video for his new song ‘Aanidho Bhaee Raat Ma’. On June 4, he released the song ‘Kamana besides repeatedly promoting his new song ‘Chahana Mero Eutai’ by sharing it on Facebook for multiple times. Similarly, on June 7, his new song ‘Mero Naam’ was premiered worldwide from his YouTube channel.
Taking his Facebook page, he wrote, “World Premiere. After a long time, I’m releasing my new song and a video. I hope you guys will like and share it. Enjoy the feelings.”
WAVE finally caught him one day and asked, “What’s the deal?” He responded by saying, “I’m completing my new album which is soon going to be out.”
Bhattarai’s new album is going to be titled as ‘NKB’, an acronym composed by borrowing the initials of his name. Comprising of five romantic songs, the album is basically going to be a Nabin-Bhattarai-flavoured collection and the songs are evidently about love, according to the startling endowed singer.
When asked why he always comes up with lovey-dovey songs, he chuckled and said, “I get inspired to compose love songs because I believe that great love stories can be heard everywhere. Different love-filled situations and my friends’ love stories have never failed to inspire me to write songs.”
As Bhattarai has always loved singing love songs, he has always preferred recording his songs in a live format, and for his upcoming album too, he claims in not using digital systems to manipulate his voice. He says, “I feel that live recordings give me a feeling of reality and taste of authentic music, while the digitally-manipulated music sounds so manufactured. I get a calm vibe during live recording. It gives me a certain kind of flow.”
While he has been remaining busy in wrapping-up his new venture, Bhattarai has been busy in music tours as well. Bhattarai, who has performed expansively in many cities and countries in the past, had performed in Australia and Dubai in May 2018, and during this tour.
“I feel that the audience has become more understanding and pleasing. In the past, the audience used to go wild, but today, they are more cooperative I must say,” he said, “These days, people love to see their favourite singer performing. In the past, I just used to hold my microphone and sing, but now, that’s not enough. So, having to perform is quite tough and challenging. However, performing live is something that I can do forever. Firstly, it is my passion to perform and secondly, it is how we have been surviving.”
Born in 1974 in Dillibazar, Kathmandu, the affable and seemingly avid pop star’s ability in effortlessly twisting and turning his vocals has indeed earned him a huge fan base in widest territories. While most people did not use to wish to make a career out of music, he mastered in the art of music as a student of music maestro Prabhu Raj Dhakal and later graduated from Kathmandu University with a major in Ethnomusicology.
During the 90s, Bhattarai formed the band ‘The Steel Wheels’ with some of his friends and launched their first album ‘Jindagi’. But a few years later, the band disbanded after the band members went abroad. However, Bhattarai released his solo ‘Ankhama Timilai’ from his first album ‘Raharai Raharama’, and the song made him a superstar overnight.
Driven and encouraged to execute better by the overwhelming success, he kept on coming up with hits after hits. Albums like ‘Aabhas’, ‘Smriti’, ‘Samjhana’, ‘Samarpan’, ‘Nabin’, ‘The Blue’, ‘Smriti Re-loaded’, ‘G-Major’, ‘Nakshetrah’, ‘Kathmandu’, ‘Slok’, and ‘37’ hit musical charts, and he continued being awarded several musical awards, including ‘HITS FM Music Award’, ‘Sajha Smriti Music Awards’, and etc. At that time, he was the youngest artist to get decorated with ‘Chinnalata Award’.
People say listening to his music can cure a broken heart. Time has returned when broken hearts can again be cured as the most successful pop icon of Nepal is coming up with a new album soon.
“Bhattarai’s new album is going to be titled as ‘NKB’, an acronym composed by borrowing the initials of his name. Comprising of five romantic songs, the album is basically going to be a Nabin-Bhattarai-flavoured collection and the songs are evidently about love.”