WOW | Music Conversation
RAJU LAMA – THOSE WHO WISH TO SING ALWAYS FIND A SONG
Text by: Sonu Yonjan Tamang
Raju Lama once aspired to join the British army. He also wanted to get into a technical profession, but fate had other things in store for him. Ultimately, his passion for music took him towards fame. Today he has millions of fans and his songs finds resonance with all ages. A journey that began in 1993, Raju Lama is today sought after for concerts and live performances in many countries.
Raju Lama is the lead singer of Mongolian Heart. The band split in 2007 and was reformed with new members. They have been touring and performing in different parts of Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling since September 2009. He sings in Nepali, Tibetan and Tamang languages and travels the world to give live performances. He lives between the United States and Nepal. The Raju Lama Foundation works to promote education in rural communities in Nepal particularly specialising in building schools and providing material for students.
For Raju Lama, music is a passion and is something that he has worked very hard for. WOW caught up with the singing sensational for a short musical conversation. Excerpts:
You are seen and recognised as an exceptional and versatile performer and artiste, how did your love for music come about?
It was my hobby and passion. I love music.
Who have been your greatest influences in music?
Late Arun Thapa
How would you describe yourself as a person?
I am very soft, emotional, and generally jolly person. I love to explore different places and I enjoy adventure.
How spiritually inclined are you? And does this have any connection with music and arts?
I am a very religious person. And yes there is a connection between music and spirituality because when we create music we create it with the heart, with truth and pure intention. For me music is like a prayer. And there’s no one on the earth who doesn’t like music. It is a spiritual expression.
What does music mean to you?
Music is an expression for emotions and harmony. It’s much more than mere entertainment. Music is like a constant companion. It accompanies us through our difficult times, creates a sense of hope, and brings joy.
If you were not a musician, you would have been?
I was fond of joining the army. Probably army or would be doing something else.
What inspires you?
Nice weather, calm music and nature inspire me.
What brings you great joy?
My daughter is my bundle of joy.