Kiran Gajmer, a resettled former Bhutanese refugee currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri has entered the Grand finale of the singing reality show – The Voice of Nepal Season 3.
Gajmer’s entry in the finale is well-cherished and supported by his fellow Nepali-speaking former Bhutanese refugees in the diaspora.
Born in a refugee camp in Khudunbari, Jhapa, Kiran has been singing from his childhood. Speaking to BNS, Amber Subba, who has mentored Gajmer, said that Kiran’s singing skills are amazing. Subba knows Kiran since 2013, and they have worked on numerous projects together. Subba further mentioned that Kiran’s win is a win of Nepali music in the diaspora. “The win will prove that there’s no boundary for Nepali music,” said Subba.
Kiran’s win will also create history for Nepali-speaking Bhutanese Community around the world since no other contestant has ever participated or won a reality show of this magnitude in the past.
In the meantime, several groups and individuals in the Bhutanese diaspora have been raising funds to show support and solidarity to Gajmer.
The Bhutanese Association Music of America (BAMA) alone has raised a little over $14,000. “Heading to Kathmandu representing BAMA for Kiran’s finale,” wrote Khem Rizal on his FB wall, who serves as the President of the organization.
The Voice of Nepal is the Nepalese format of the international TV singing reality show called “The Voice” and this season’s grand finale is scheduled for this Saturday, Nepal time according to a post on The Voice of Nepal’s official Facebook page.