Veteran singer and musician Manik Ratna Sthapit received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Nepali music industry at the 20th Radio Kantipur National Music Awards 2019 (2075) on Saturday, January 19, at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza.
Kantipur Media Group Chairman and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya presented Sthapit with the award, which comes with a purse of Rs 100,000. Sthapit’s career has spanned six decades, during which time he’s performed and recorded over three dozen songs. But Sthapit is primarily known for his music in Nepal’s first colour film, Kumari. At the award ceremony, singers Bhabin Dhungana and Bishwa Nepali performed Sthapit’s songs as a tribute.
Singers Shiva Pariyar and Durga Pariyar won the Best Aadhunik Singers for ‘Aasu ko artha’ and ‘Ban ful’ in the male and female categories, respectively. Ramesh BG also won Best Lyricist for ‘Ban ful’.
Similarly, Nitesh Jung Kunwar bagged the People’s Choice for his song ‘Haamro Nepal Maa’ while Kamal Khatri won Best Pop Singer (Male) for ‘Haasna sike’ and Tika Prasain won Best Pop Singer (Female) for ‘Maaya luki luki’.
The award ceremony witnessed musical performances by Rohit John Chhetri, Nikhita Thapa, Prabisha Adhikari, Kulendra BK, Sandhya Budha and Sugam Pokharel, along with a performance by comedian Manoj Gajurel impersonating as Donald Trump.
Speaking at the event, Sirohiya assured that singers, musicians and lyricists would be receiving due royalties for their creations. He also promised that a number of new reality shows would be broadcast on the station.
Dinesh DC, the station manager for Radio Kantipur, said that events like these are necessary to help the Nepali music industry flourish.
New singer: Buddha Lama for Timi Saath Bhaye Pachhi
Lyricist: Ramesh BG for Ban Ful
Composer: Hari Lamsal for Udyo Man
Folk Singer (Male): Santosh KC for Daai ki Saali
Folk Singer (Female): Shantishree Pariyar for Bola Maaya
Playback Singer (Male): Sugam Pokharel for Pal Pal
Playback singer (Female): Banika Pradhan for Udyo Man
National song: Purba Timro by Nishan Bhattarai and Shital Moktan
Pop singer (Male): Kamal Khatri for Haasna Sike
Pop singer (Female): Tika Prasain for Maaya Luki Luki
Musical band: Rhythm for Mann Magan
Aadhunik Singer (Male): Shiva Pariyar for Aashu ko artha
Aadhunik Singer (Female): Durga Pariyar for Ban Ful
Singing duo: Rajesh KC and Sujata Upadhyaya for Timi Raaji Ma Raaji
People’s Choice: Nitesh Jung Kunwar for Haamro Nepal Maa
Published: The Kathmandu Post, 21-01-2019