Balendra Shah, also known as Balen Shah is a Nepalese rapper, structural engineer, and politician. He is now Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city,’s fifteenth mayor. Shah has gained popularity in Nepalese hip-hop since the beginning of the decade. Shah declared his candidacy as an independent and won the local election in 2022 by defeating Sirjana Singh of the Nepali Congress and Keshav Sthapit of the CPN (UML). He was elected as the municipality of Kathmandu’s first independent mayor candidate.
Age, Parents, Siblings, and Ethnicity of Balen Shah
Balens Shah was born on April 27, 1990, in Gairigaun, Tinkune, Kathmandu. Shah is 32 years old and a Nepalese national as of 2022. According to the astrological chart, he is of Asian origin and was born under the Taurus zodiac sign. His full name is Balendra Shah. Balen Shah is married to Sabina Kafle, a public health professional.
Dr. Ram Narayan Shah and Dhruva Devi Shah were his parents (Shanti Shah). His father previously worked at Singadurbar Vaidhyakhan as the Managing Director and is also a part-time lecturer.
When it comes to his siblings, he has an older brother named Kaushal Shah, an Oxford Brookes University graduate. He currently works at Omni Group as an AST. General Manager and also a Finance Manager at Omni Business Corporate International Pvt. Ltd. Kaushal is a happily married man with a lovely wife named Shila Bastola. On May 19, 2022, they welcomed their first child, a daughter.
Background in Education
According to the engineer’s scholastic records, he graduated from Alliance Academy and enrolled in V.S Niketan College. The White House Institute of Science and Technology awarded him a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
He also received his Master of Technology in Structural Engineering from VTU in Karnataka, India.
Professional Life and Careers of Balen Shah
Balen Shah began his professional career as a rapper. In the second season of Raw Barz, he competed as a participant (A Nepali Rap Battle League). With 13 rebuttals and multi-syllabic rhymes, he overcame Litl Grizl in the final. As a result of being the show’s winner, he became famous.
He began posting his rap music videos on his self-titled Youtube account after the event. Gaita Badhyo, Marpha ko Madhira, Temi Phool, Oa Buda, Man Yo Udyog, Local Thito, Hande Hande, and others are some of his rap tracks.
Many of his fans and followers wanted to see the rap fight between him and Laure aka Ashish Rana, a previous Raw Barz contestant from the second season. Despite this, they never engaged in combat.
Shah is now serving as a judge for the ‘Nephop ko Shreepech’ Nepali Rap Competition, alongside co-judges Girish Khatiwada and Manas Ghale.
He is a professional engineer in addition to being a rapper and musician. He is a multi-tasker who works for Platinum Developers as a Structural Engineer and Project Manager.
Mayoral Election 2022
He is one of the mayoral candidates for Kathmandu Metropolitan City in 2022, competing against previous CPN-UML mayor Keshav Sthapit, Nepali Congress’ Shirjana Shrestha, and other parties.
From young to old, the artist is garnering a lot of affection and popularity. Since announcing his campaign, he has been interviewed on several national channels and podcasts and has revealed his goals, missions, and plans.
Though the opposing candidates and others initially did not regard him as a serious opponent, he now appears to be giving them a run for their money.
During his last mayoral campaign, he posted on Facebook that he will not be voting in the 2017 Kathmandu municipal election. He will instead vote for himself after 5 years, of standing as a candidate.
Balen Shah received 38.6% of the vote on May 26, 2022, and was declared the winner. By more than 23,000 votes, he outperformed rival candidates Sirjana Shrestha of the Nepali Congress and Keshav Sthapit of the CPN (UML).
On May 30, 2022, Shah took office as mayor. He also gave the other municipal assembly members who had won the election an oath of office.
Balen Shah’s Salary and Net Worth
Balen Shah’s net worth is expected to reach approximately two million dollars by the year 2023. He has not, however, disclosed information about his income and revenues.
Rumors and Controversy of Balen Shah
Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Balen Shah is rumored to be the father of a newborn daughter.
Later, sources announced that his elder brother, Kaushal Shah, had given birth to his first daughter on May 19, 2022.
Aside from that, the social media star has avoided any further speculations or debates.
Height, weight, and other physical characteristics
Balen Shah, the songwriter, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs roughly 70 kilograms.
His personality is outstanding. In terms of his physical appearance, he has a brown complexion, black eyes, and black hair.
He is known for wearing black trademark sunglasses, which are currently popular in Nepali marketplaces. Fans have been clamoring for it as sales have risen.
Social Networking Sites
Balen Shah is active on Instagram, where he has over 97.9K followers under the moniker @balenshah.
He also has a self-titled Youtube channel with over 303K subscribers and is active on Facebook. He uses it to post his official rap/music videos.
Balen Shah’s Facts
- Balendra Shah is Balen Sha’s true name.
- From May 31, 2017, to May 13, 2022, Bidya Sundar Shakya served as Mayor of Kathmandu.
- Keshav Sthapit, a CPN-UML mayoral candidate, has accused independent candidate Balen Shah of concealing his Madhesi origin.
- Shah is married to Sabina Kafle, a public health professional.