Balen Shah Biography, Songs, Wife, Age, Height, Education, Family, Net Worth, Facts

Balen Shah

Country: Nepal
Nationality: Nepalese
Date of birth: April 27, 1990
Birthplace: Naradevi, Kathmandu, Nepal

Balendra Shah (Nepali: बालेन्द्र शाह), popularly known as Balen Shah or simply Balen, is a Nepalese rapper, structural engineer and politician. He is currently serving as the 15th mayor of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

Shah has been a popular figure in Nepalese hip-hop since the early 2010s. Shah announced his candidacy as an independent and was elected at the 2022 local election, defeating Nepali Congress candidate Sirjana Singh and CPN (UML) candidate Keshav Sthapit. He is the first independent candidate to be elected as the mayor of Kathmandu municipality.

Time included him on their list of “Time100 Next” in 2023.

Balen Shah Details:

Full nameBalendra Shah
Name in Nepaliबालेन्द्र शाह
Also known asBalen
Date of Birth27 April 1990
BirthplaceNaradevi, Kathmandu, Nepal
Current ResidenceGairigaun, Tinkune, Nepal
Birthday27 April
Height5′ 8″
Weight75 kg
Zodiac Sign (Horoscope)Taurus
Hair ColorBlack
Eyes ColorBrown
ParentsRam Narayan Shah (father)
Dhruv Devi Shah (mother)
Spouse Sabina Kafle ​(married. 2018)​
Children1 (daughter)
Alma mater Visvesvaraya Technological University – VTU (M.Tech.)
Political party Independent
Incumbent15th Mayor of Kathmandu
Assumed office30 May 2022
Deputy Sunita Dango
Preceded by Bidya Sundar Shakya
Years active 2012–present
GenresHip hop, Nephop, Political rap

Balen Shah Early Life and Education:

Balendra Shah was born on 27 April 1990 in Naradevi, Kathmandu, Nepal. He is the youngest son of Ram Narayan Shah, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and his wife Dhruvadevi Shah.

His parents moved to Kathmandu from Mahottari after his father was posted to Naradevi Ayurvedic Hospital. His paternal ancestral home is in Mahottari’s Ekdara Rural Municipality, while his mother’s family lives in Dhanusha.

Shah attended V.S. Niketan Higher Secondary School for his 10+2 studies. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kathmandu–based White House Institute of Science and Technology. Afterward, he received a master’s degree in structural engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Karnataka, India.

Balen Shah Career:

Music career

From an early age, Balen Shah was interested in music and poetry. He released his first single Sadak Balak, which he has written while in the ninth grade, in 2012. He rose to prominence among Nephop fans in 2013 after his appearance on the YouTube battle rap series Raw Barz. Shah is the winner of Raw Barz’s second season (A Nepali Rap Battle League).

He has been doing Hip-hop music for more than 12 years now. He has been engaging himself in music which is mostly about social issues, mental health, political satire, etc.

Political career

Balen Shah Biography, Songs, Wife, Age, Height, Education, Family, Net Worth, Facts

Balen Shah was involved in the “We For Constitution” movement before the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal in 2015. He had also expressed interest in running for the KMC’s mayorship in the 2017 local elections but later backed down.

Shah had been mulling his plans for candidacy in 2019 through a Facebook post and on 17 December 2021 announced that he would be running for the mayoral race as an independent candidate. His campaign focused on corruption control, improving the public utilities of the city, and protecting the heritage of the city.

He was elected on 26 May 2022, winning 38.6% of the votes cast. He defeated Nepali Congress candidate Sirjana Singh and former mayor and CPN (UML) candidate Keshav Sthapit by a margin of over 23,000 votes.

Shah was sworn in as mayor on 30 May 2022, alongside his deputy, Sunita Dangol, and the entire municipal executive, comprising of all 32 ward chairpersons.

Balen Shah Personal Life:

Balen Shah is married to Sabina Kafle, a public health professional. He lives with his family in Gairigaun, Tinkune. They have a child (daughter) born in 2023.

Balen Shah Discography:

2022Hande ft.Balennon-album single
2021Maya (featuring Trishala Gurung)non-album single
2021Sabai Lai Hataar Chha (featuring Rachana Rimal)non-album single
2021Stay True (featuring Vyoma and Dakait)non-album single
2020Balidannon-album single
2020Local Thitonon-album single
2020Savagenon-album single
2020Aastik (featuring Kiran and Ranjan)non-album single
2019Gorkhali Toph (featuring Uniq Poet and MC Flo)non-album single
2019Marpha Ko Madira (featuring Swachit Shakya)Yathartha
2016Man Yo Udyo (featuring Brijesh)Yathartha
2015Nepal HasekoYathartha
2014Oey Buda (featuring Sacar)non-album single
2013Fool Matinon-album single
2013Aam Nepali BuwaYathartha
2013Timi FoolYathartha
2013Prahari Pratikar (featuring Nibhal)non-album single
2013Atit Ka Samjhananon-album single
2012Sadak BalakYathartha

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