Balen(Balendra) Shah is a politician, rapper, and structural engineer. He is the voice of Nepalese people at the current time. And there is barely even a person in Nepal and even in our neighboring country who do not know of him.
Balen has been successful in winning the candidacy as Kathmandu’s mayor against Keshav Sthapit. His achievements are not just a win for him but also for the people in Kathmandu who wants to see the city develop and get better.
Balen Shah Bio
Balen Shah was born on 27 April 1990 which makes him 32 years old as of the year 2022. He was born in Mahottari to Ram Narayan Shah and Dhruvadevi Shah. His father is an Ayurvedic practitioner. As his family needed to shift to Kathmandu after his father was posted to Naradevi Ayurvedic Hospital, the Shah family had to reside in the capital city itself. Balendra is the youngest son of his parents.
Balen completed his education in Kathmandu itself. For his 10+2 education, he went to V.S. Niketan Higher Secondary School. Likewise, he pursued his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Himalayan Whitehouse International College. Moreover, he also has a master’s degree in structural engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Karnataka, India.
Balen Shah Career
Balen used to perform in several rap battles and have a few rap songs of his own. He became very active in the rapping and the music industry back in the 2010s. Many people know him from Rawbarz. Eventually, he started pursuing his career as a structural engineer.
In the same way, Shah had been active in his involvement in Nepali politics as well. He participated in “We For Constitution” back in 2015. Though he aimed to compete in 2017’s local election for the mayorship of Kathmandu, he later decided to withdraw his name. Whatsoever, he won the candidacy when he later participated in the elections.
The hype for the candidacy of Balen was truly worth praise as everyone, especially the youths, was excited about his win. And when Balen finally won the candidacy, he proved that the public did just the right thing by making him the mayor of Kathmandu.
Similarly, he is from an independent party.
Balen Shah Partner
Balen Shah is married to Sabina Kafle. Sabina is a health professional. The couple is living in Gairigaun, Kathmandu as of the present time.
His wife can be seen supporting Balen and being present at many events and occasions with him.
Balen Shah Controversies
Shah has not always been in a good light among the people in Nepal though. Most people have been critical of the misogynistic lines in his songs. Likewise, he was recently given a lot of criticism for using an important piece of jewelry from the history of Nepal, a crown, in Nephop Shreepech.
Balen Shah Legacy
The politician has made a positive impact in the capital city with his innovative ideas. While many people still remain critical of his doings and conduct, there are a whole lot of people who love him for his ways. Balen is all about bringing a change that will make Kathmandu better and more developed. Likewise, you can find a lot of places in Kathmandu have been cleared up and cleaned given that his motive was brought to life.
People are rooting for Balen’s vision and plans in many aspects like waste management, public service delivery, road traffic control, anti-corruption, etc.