It seems that a new era has begun in Nepali movie singing; the rise in the number of Nepali movie songs by Anju Pant have made the audience feel that there is no lack of talent in Nepal. Her career in movies has not been a decade old but still she rules the charts. There is a demand for her voice, in most of the movies made these days; it can be said that it is her time and age in the Nepali movie singing. Kina udyo pankhi mana from the movie Bagar is her first Nepali movie song, and she has not had to look back. She has also lent her voice to the songs, Ma Timi Bina Marihaalchhu, form the movie of the same name, Bhun bhun bolyo bhamara from Saput, Kismat’s Dil yo mero dil, and Dar’s Sustari sustari mannma. Some of her recent songs are, Kasle Choryo mero mann, the title song of the movie of the same name, Kohi Mero, which is also the title song of the movie.
She has sung more than a two hundred movie songs and continues to do playback singing. For her contribution in playback singing for Neplai movies, she has won two national film awards, this year alone. She won the best female playback singer for Silsila (2065) and Chodi Gaye Paap Laagla(2066). It is for sure that she will continue singing for the Nepali film industry, as there are no other singers, who can win the hearts of the audience, the music producers and composers, alike.
Anju Panta is one of the most famous female vocalists in Nepal. She is considered to be the next queen of melody after the Late Aruna Lama, which in itself is a great honor. Today she is a household name. She is renowned for her melodious voice. She has sung over 1000 songs till date, including gajals, movie songs as well as many remix. Her variation in song selection is the reason for her popularity and the reason she is liked by all.
Her most memorable and popular song is Nabirse Timilai This was the song that made her so popular overnight. It is her biggest hit till date. For this song she bagged the Best Record of the Year on December 2009 at the 13th Close Up Hits FM Music Award function. That was the year when she took home most of the titles, including the Best Female Vocal Performance as well.
Although Nabirse Timilai… is her biggest hit till date, there are many other songs that has brought her to the success she has today. Some of her other good works include the remixes Basanta Nai Basna Khojchha, Ma Pyaar Bechi Dinchu and other songs from different genres like Ma Timi Bina Mari Halchu Ni, Sagar Sari Chikho Maya, Jindagi Yo, Om Ghrini Surya etc. Her songs and the popularity that she has gained over the short span of time she has been here is the proof of her potential and talent.
Anju Panta is one of the most promising playback singers in Nepal today. The fact that her biggest hit till date was the most downloaded songs in mobile at the time it came out says it all about this charming lady. This approximately 5 ft 2 inches tall lady was born to Bishnu and Mana Maya Panta. Although she didn’t belong to a musical family, it was her childhood dream to become a professional singer. With supporting parents and the music she learned from the Late Bhajan Shiromani Krishnaman Dangol, Anju made her dream come true.
Married to Manoj Raj, a playback singer himself, this sought out singer got her first break from a bhajan, Manuwa manmai yogi banau in the year 1997. Anju also participated in the Nationwide Modern Song Competition organized by Radio Nepal in 1998 and came out as the winner. After that she did many stage shows and sang for some features, but she didn’t receive much attention until she came up with her first album Kampan, a remake of original Nepali hits. Since then she has never had to look back.
She received applauds from music critics and what proves the people’s decision for her was that the remake of the songs remained the chart topper for many weeks in different countdown shows. It wasn’t long from then that she got offers from the Nepali movie fraternity to be a playback singer. Today, she is probably one of the most preferred voices in the movie industry. She has given her voice to many songs in many movies. Till date she has sung for some 180 films, both in duets and solos.
Her great tone quality, her clear pronunciations and her classical knowledge are the reasons for why she is such an amazing singer. The road to success has just started for her; she has a long way to go. She will probably be one of the most remembered singers of this era. She is a gem for both the music industry and the movie industry.