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Anand Karki is regarded as popular singer in the entire domain of modern Nepali music. He has enchanted millions of listeners by his immortal melodies. He has been awarded with several honour among which Trishakti Patta, Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, Chhinnalata Award for vocal, Kollywood Award for best playback singer in the film Bhariya '97 & Parai Ghar '99. His Majesty's Gaddi Aarohan Silver Medal '97, Birendra Aishworya Padak '02, felicitated by UNICEF and Norwagian Embassy in 2005. Recently honoured with Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu on July 2005 on birthday of His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and several other honours and decorations.

Three words come to mind while talking of, or listening to the extraordinary voice of the singer Anand Karki probably the most Famous of his kind in Nepal. The words are range. He can do a variety of genres going form the classical to pop with everything in between. The second word is fusion. He brings all kinds of music into what he composes and when he sings you have snatches of Western music, Hindi music and whole lot of his own Nepali music. The third word is recognition. Ask anyone who Anand karki is and they will say "The most famous singer in Nepal."

Born in Solukhumbu in 1964 and trained in the Gharanas or traditional sond houses of Lucknow in India. He also received his education in the same country where his father was in the Army. His range extends from sentimental songs to romantic songs, to the classical songs of the Mugal courts, sometimes combining all three. His irrestible heart warming voice has lend itself to over a thousand songs including bhajans or religious songs, songs of love but he is known for Gazala or the beautiful Indian almost Muagal tradition of rhyming songs of love and loss or the memories of love.

It is appropriate that Anand Karki who started a trend with Ghazals in Nepal and is best loved Ghazal singer of love that seems to come straight from the heart. Like singers in the Western before him, he began singing in small venues then turned to 5 star hotels playing to packed audiences. Inspired by Legendary Indian singer Kishor Kumar he has paid musical tribute to his inspiration and has been awarded medals for his act of acknoledging the source of his singing. He has sung Kishore Kumars's songs in popular progarmmes worldwide as well as his very typical Anand Karki Gazals. Kishore Kumar was known for his love songs, popular songs and sheer finger clicking dance songs. Anand mastered them all with amazing ability. He has sung in over 300 Hindi and Nepali films as a playback singer and acted in Hindi and Nepali serials and was a playback singer in them. He has sung everywhere from the famed Albert Hall in London which is every singer's dream to play in; Denmark, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and all over India.

In-fact his singing conquests worldwide make him a traveler as well as singer. In this, Anand Karki like his peer follows the old troubadour tradition that had singer going from place to place singing and that has become common today. Anand Karki is the first Nepali to do so. His voice, his sings, his music has won hin National honours from the late King Queen to the prestigious Birendra Aishwarya Padak, Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, the Chhinalata Award and dozens of others including memorable one as best playback singer.

He has devoted 20 years of his life to the development on Nepali music and he has taken that music worldwide. He has contributed to Indian music and has been acknowledged by Indian singers like Asha Bhonsle who is in the Guinness Book of Records.

An evening with Anand Karki, even if you don't understand the language of his songs is to be transported into a magical, musical haven where the real world fades and Anand's voice envelopes you. And until the last of many encores you are in bliss, which is what great acts are about.

During his career as a singer Anand Karki has rendered his voice to over 600 compositions including modern songs, patriotic songs, ghazals, movie songs (Nepali & Hindi) and so on.

Source: Cellroti.com

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