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Stars in her eyes...
18 June 2010-Friday
-The Cheeguz

Not the one to mince words, she’s direct, candid and positively bubbly. Her self-titled debut album, “Prashamsa” is finally out and she can’t help but feel the butterfly effect, in her stomach. Daughter to lyricist and RJ Pratima Shrestha, she grew up in a musical environment and it was only natural that Prashamsa would veer towards music. We caught up with self professed music junkie and had a little chat, about her favorite football team, having a famous mother, and what it's like living the dream - singing. Read on!

What do you think separates you from others singers/artists of your type?

- Entertainment business is very demanding, gone are the days when just having a good voice would suffice. One should be able to project him or her to the mass, to the audience, who are very restless and to hold their interest you’ve got to work on the complete package. And I would like to think, I’m one (smiles). I’m a performer, I love being on stage.

What kind of imprint/mark do you want to leave on Nepali Music industry? What ambitions do you have regarding the field?

- Hmmm, I’m just starting out, so for now learning is still a big part of my life. I guess this is my calling, to be in entertainment field, so definitely I want to be accepted as a good singer, performer. It’s not easy but I’m willing to work hard. And yes, to be a good human being is not an option, that’s definitely how I want people to remember me as.

If you had to choose just one: dancing or singing, which one would you go for?

- Awww, that’s cruel (laughs), too tough a call! Singing and dancing, both are my passion, they allow me different channels to express myself. But if you insist, I’ll have to edge towards vocal.

How much has it helped you having a renowned lyricist for a mother to get into the Nepali music scene? Do you think it was easier than it was for other artists?

- Yes, it has! I’m not the type to beat about the bush, having a famous parent is definitely is a big boost. Let’s just say it opens many doors, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make something out of the opportunity given… My struggle to be a fine singer is still on.

Are you into sports? Has football mania gripped you?

- Basketball and football definitely tops my list, and you can imagine my euphoria with the start of FIFA World Cup. The football mania has gripped everyone and I’m no exception. I’m very partial when it comes to Germany; I’m an out and out supporter of this European team. But this year, I have a soft spot for South Africa, as well. So two teams, I’m rooting for… football rocks, period! (Exclaims)

Who matters to you the most in your life?

- My parents, they are my biggest asset!

What do you have to say to all the young female talents out there who are yet to show to the world what they’ve got?

- If you have something you are proud of, make it obvious, give it your best shot and please don’t hide it! You owe it to your talent, that it gets its due respect. I’m a believer in the notion, “If you've got it, flaunt it!” Why not??

Would you call yourself an introvert or extrovert?

- To be honest, I’m a bit of an introvert, which is not such a good thing in my profession (laughs), but when I click I’m known to be quite a friendly soul.

What did you want to be as a child?

- I wanted to be a few different things, myself. Two that I can remember has to be a doctor and pilot. But guess life had totally different plans for me. I’m happy right now, and that matters a lot. Happiness!

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