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A Star Shining Brighter
14 November 2010-Sunday
-Alok Thapa

He’s a bit of a dreamer but then achievers are those who dare to dream. The title of South Asian Star 2008, much appreciated debut album and a career in music, that drop hints of even greater things to come. In the following tête-à-tête Ashushen Lama talks with us and gives us a glimpse of the man behind the “mike”.

1. Tell us something about Ashusen Lama, about yourself.

My identity starts and ends with music, it’s everything for me. Seriously, can’t imagine life without it and that’s the sole reason why I participated in South Asian Star 2008. It was my luck that I bagged that title but the real work begins now, I’m 100% committed to my music. Of course, I have to thank my parents for supporting me and my friends for being there.

2. How has winning reality show "South Asian Star” changed your life?

Definitely, having a title opens so many doors and allows so many more people to know about you. South Asian Star has given me an identity and I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy all the attention (smiles). It has changed my life to a certain extent and with the title, comes the added responsibility to prove my mettle.
I’m trying to do my best, so I need more support from fans & media. (Fingers crossed)
3. You wrote and composed all your songs in your debut album, "Mike", what inspires you to make music?

Music inspires music; likewise for me it’s Late Gopal Yonjan’s amazing body of work that spurs my creativity and in turn, gives me great joy. I want to establish myself like Yonjan, everything about him is flawless; his compositions, vocals always thrill me. About my album, I have tried to experiment with as many style as possible, slow-rock, folk-pop, national song, you name it and you’ll find it in “Mike”.

4. What has been the most memorable moment in your career?

It’s hard work but life’s been pretty blessed (grins), most memorable moment, huh? Actually there are many but I will name few; my first ever concert at BICC, that was in 2002, winning the title of South Asian Super-Star 2008 and receiving it from my mother’s hands, meeting Prashant Tamang & composing for him.

5. What would you be doing if not your current profession?

No music? Well that’s a scary proposition (laughs), I guess I would be lost. But if I had to pick any other alternative, it would have to be army. I was in the 25th batch of NCC (Rastriya Sewa Dal), however music turns me on, so it’s music till the end for now!

6. Professionals have problems in finding the right balance between career and family. Which comes first for you?
Music is my life and yes, it has become my profession but if I have to prioritize, family will always come first.

7. What else can we expect from you in the future?
Predicting future is pretty dicey but we can all dream, can’t we? (smiles) You can expect more music from me, quality work. I might join film line; silver-screen has always fancied me. On a bigger ambitious note, if everything works out, I plan to open a music institute; every talented person should get a chance, that’s my belief.
BTW thank you for this opportunity, I’m really grateful. 

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