Bhutanese refugee idol held in Nepal

Arjun Pradhan

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Itahari: Bhutanese Refugee Idol, featuring performances by the Nepali singers Karma Gayljan Bamjan, Sristi Hingmang and Balaram Samal Magar, has been held in.

In the competition, 70 contestants delivered their digital audition and 20 have been selected for participation in the first phase. The judges for the selection process included Karma Gayljan Bamjan, Sristi Hingmang, Balaram Samal Magar.

According to Nakshetra Foundation Chairman Arjun Subedi, “The objective of organizing the Bhutanese Refugee Idol singing competition is to discover talents that have remained hidden in obscurity. This is a shared program for all of us.”

Arjun Subedi informed that the first prize winner of the Bhutanese Refugee Idol will receive a cash prize of NPR 500,000, the second prize winner will receive NPR 300,000, the third prize winner will receive NPR 100,000, and the fourth prize winner will receive NPR 50,000. Additionally, the winners will get to collaborate with the organizing committee’s partner organization, Nakshetra Foundation, to produce music videos.

The reality show is directed by renowned Bhutanese singer Kamal Rai, and participants above 15 are competing. The local organizer is the Beldangi Natya Parivar. According to Jang Magar, the president of Beldangi Natya Parivar, the finals of the competition will be held in July. 

The event is being broadcasted directly by Nepal Television from Itahari. Chairman Subedi stated that the American Bhutanese Music Association (BAMA) and DISKA are providing special support to the organization that is continuously providing education to Bhutanese refugee communities in music and sports.

The broadcast of Bhutani Refugee Idol, a singing competition within the Bhutanese refugee camp under the production and presentation of Nakshetra Foundation, has started on the foundation’s YouTube channel.