Best YouTube Channels of Nepal
In this blog, I have compiled a list of Nepali YouTubers ranging from Vloggers to Musicians to Cinematic Videos to Travel Videos to Visual Stories among others and I think they are the best in what they do. Not all of them are renowned as they should be according to the values they’ve created in the lives of people. Here they are:
For me and thousands of youngsters, Sisan Baniya is the best vlogger of Nepal. His vlogs, short movies, music, and funny videos are simply amazing which makes him stand out among the rest.
I have met him once and the difference between his reel and real life is too less. I strongly believe that’s what makes him the best.
Recently, he made a documentary kind of vlog about Chepang community in Makwanpur. Normally, I don’t watch such a long video but this one; I don’t know how to describe it. Tears were rolling down the eyes the whole time watching this; most of the times listening to the painful stories and the rest because of the happiness. It was a such a heavy feeling. I don’t know how to describe it but this video is by far the best one from Sisan Baniya. I wish to watch more of these vlogs.
Another amazing video by Sisan Baniya is “WEST NEPAL PROMO”.
Keenly awaiting to see the full video from his travel to West Nepal.
A vlog dedicated to his friend who passed away was emotional too.
And it was a great surprise to see him nervous while he was traveling to Thailand. In his few vlogs from Thailand Trip, he was pretty nervous. I used to wonder how a confident guy like Sisan Baniya could be nervous but convinced myself with the realization that everyone has his/her comfort space. In his case, that place was not one.
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Herne Katha is a short documentary series co-founded by Bidhya Chapagain and Kamal Kumar. Bidhya Chapagain was a presenter for Sajha Sawal; a popular discussion weekly debate program broadcasted in both Radio and TV in Nepal. The program was created by BBC Media Action. I have been a huge fan of her presentation style and the way she handles tough situations in the program since the day I saw her in Sajha Sawal.
Like I mentioned above, the story moves me more than anything and this channel is exactly what I look for. The most beautiful thing about this channel is it presents the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary manner and those stories are so relatable.
Currently, the videos are uploaded twice a month; on the 1st and on the 15th of every month. Every episode is uploaded at 9 PM.
I have watched all of the stories on this channel. And some of the touching stories are:
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Bartika Eam Rai
Bartika Eam Rai is a Singer as well as Songwriter and is currently based in the USA. Bartika Eam Rai’s songs are popular mainly because of the deep lyrics and the meaning behind them. Most of her songs reflect the constant nostalgia of the past and I believe most of the audience can easily connect with it. Her songs make us cry in despair and still we feel good about it. What an amazing artist she is.
There are many people complaining about the context of Nepali music and how it has failed to reach the emotional depth. I believe Bartika’s songs have turned it around.
One of my friends (Sahara Bhetwal) who is a huge fan of her shares experience listening to her song and how those songs have impacted her life.
“I am not a person who cries a lot. Growing up, tears have been a personal affair to me and I have made it an effort not to well up in front of others. I did in the quiet. Rarely and quietly/ That was before I started surrendering to songs. A much-required emotional release, as psychologists say. It’s therapeutic in many ways. I can’t say I speak for everyone, but I feel like there are a few chords in your heart that only songs with Nepali lyrics can pull. The magically woven lyrics of Bartika Eam Rai does exactly that. I’m amazed at how the words are sometimes able to resonate with me as if it was created for that purpose. Not sure if I find the songs at the right time or they find me.
‘Kati bhayo khulera haaseko?’ in her song ‘Khai’ was one of the first moments I felt triggered as I had not bothered asking myself that question for far too long till it hit me. The ‘Dashain ko baasna’ in ‘Timi ra Ma’ made me miss home a little too much than I already did. The ‘Sapana bata biujiyera aakha bhari aasu boki nidari sanga binti garyau hola’ broke me into tears in memory of all the cruelly disrupted sweet dreams that never found their way back. I never knew those moments could be so aptly described in such a painfully beautiful way.
Her song “Najeek” taught me about the uncertainties of feelings, emotions, attachments, and life as a whole; more than any self-help books, motivational videos ever did. To say, I have probably listened to that song a thousand times, in this case, would not be hyperbole. I listened as she sang “Ho socheko jasto ta bhayena yo juni”. I listened as I agreed. I listened as the words in her blue backgrounded video went “Timi mero kewal Nyano samjhana ma” releasing me from all the potential grudges I had been unknowingly holding against past lovers and people who did me wrong.
“Bimbaakash” taught me how cathartic a simple conversation with another soul can be. I found myself going back to the alleys where I ran freely as a child when she sang about “Ghar” I could see the ‘Pahila hasne Chimeki Baa” who never made it back to home from the hospital. I mourned his death.
“Yaha tehi yaad haru le bachiyeko cha” is probably the best summed up the sentence of a life away from ‘home’.
The song “Umer” encouraged me to unpack all the emotions I had refused to confront and had packed away instead for ‘later’ as a more convenient option.
Her song “Anumati” felt like the warm hug from a friend that I had been longing for ages. It helped me forgive myself for my shortcomings which lifted the heavyweight of self-loathing I had been carrying around on my back.
When I listened to the song “Taral”, I remember I had to excuse myself from the group I was with, I went to the washroom to cry my eyes out on “Ma ta Jun bhayechu, dukhda pani chamkirahechu”. It moved me in in an unnatural way. I think I became a better friend to myself after that song.
Her songs are hauntingly beautiful, no doubt. But her words over the years have served as very needed reality checks, an epiphany, self-love reminder, hug from a friend, advices from a future self, nostalgia-filled rides and a possible picture of what the future might hold. And for these lessons of kindness, self-love, and acceptance, I am forever indebted to Bartika Eam Rai.”
Every time I go through this experience of hers, I get goosebumps and realize; damn! That’s so true. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful experience portraying how amazing Bartika Eam Rai as an artist is. Find Sahara and her poetic musing: https://www.instagram.com/myserendipity19/
She’s not just an amazing singer, but also a great speaker. Her speech at Miss Nepal US 2014 is thought-provoking. Do give it a watch;
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Saunak Bhatta is a transformational trainer, life growth strategist and an internationally recognized motivational speaker.
Whenever I am down, I get lifted, whenever I am happy; it’s amplified, whenever I am sad; I get reminded that more of them are coming along the journey of life and I need to prepare myself even more strongly than before. Needless to say, he has created a huge impact on my life.
There are times in our life when we don’t feel like sharing anything with others and the realization that life is just being stagnant. Those are the times when I visit his channel, watch the videos and uplift myself again to continue the walk of life.
Amongst the incredible contents out there, this is one of my favorites:
How to handle emotionally hard times?
Some more of them:
Why are you being educated?
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There is innate magic in storytelling and “The Storytellers” bring out the stories of people who have gained recognition in their particular field of expertise. The channel presents the first-person perspectives of untold stories of renowned personalities. The storytellers are invited from diverse sectors that include education, startup, social change maker, music, conservation, entertainment etc. among many others.
Most of the successful people and we regard some of them as our role models too. But what we see in them is just a part of the height of their success and not the struggle and challenges they had to overcome through the process. Or simply put, the other side of the story. This is the platform where these people bring out the unknown part of their lives. These stories in one way or the other are the spark of inspiration we look forward to, the ignition to burst out our inner capability and motivation to pursue them in the longer run.
Some of the inspiring stories that I have come across this channel are:
A Vlog Journey- Sisan Baniya
The ride on the road to NepHop – Laure
Standing Up Against My Bully- Jyotsna Yogi
Rocking since 25 years and still going strong- Divesh Mulmi
From Tabala to Guitar- Manoj Kumar KC
The Agony of an untold story unleashed- Meena Singh
We are not a Nepali Band, We are a Band from Nepal- Avishek KC (Underside)
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Ashim Shakya is an artist, art director, and a musician and is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. I found him in one of the Facebook Groups related to photography. I was a huge fan since then. Later, I found out that he’s not just a photographer but a multi-talented guy. Brace yourself; you’d be surprised seeing his works.
He is a true genius and his arts reflect metaphysical aspects of beauty and chaos. And the artworks are mainly related to contemporary issues.
Find his works and interviews:
An Artist captures Kathmandu’s Recent Hardships in His Imaginative Artwork: https://globalvoices.org/2016/03/22/an-artist-captures-kathmandus-recent-hardships-in-his-imaginative-artwork/
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Darshan Pokhrel (It’s Darshan)
Darshan Pokhrel is a young and vibrant vlogger from Chitwan who is mainly into making travel videos. Darshan is a very skillful and talented guy who has next level cinematography, transitions, and editing skills too.
He was often criticized for not having a story in his videos and travel vlogs. However, he is getting better at it in recent times.
Some of the videos that I really love from his channel are:
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Why So Offended?
Why So Offended is a great YouTube channel that I look up to mostly because of its contents related to trending topics.
One of the first videos I watched from this channel was about Gorkhaland; Still Roasting Seema Subedi
And since then, I have been following this channel on a regular basis.
To be honest, I don’t entertain a few other characters he has incorporated in his videos including a weed guy, a Newari Community guy, and a few others. At times it feels like he’s trying to overdo but it’s just my thought. Many people find it truly spot on and funny as well.
The best thing about the contents in this channel is that it handles the topics well and provides a balanced perspective The opinions are well justified too.
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Random Nepali is a YouTube channel which has contents relatable to Nepali contexts. The contents are generally related to Nepali trending topics and what the Youtuber thinks about those contents.
The videos are animated which are made by the use of whiteboard animation software. Sadly the contents are not uploaded on a regular basis these days as it used to be in the past.
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Neetesh Jung Kunwar
Neetesh Jung Kunwar is a YouTube sensation at present. He is a singer as well as songwriter. His songs are relatable to most of the youngsters and that’s the very reason why he is getting popular. Whenever he releases his songs, they are sure to be in trending list. Currently, Neetesh Jung Kunwar is one of the most demanded solo artists in Nepal.
Flirty Maya, Hamro Nepal ma, Gedai Jasto Jindagi are some of the biggest hit songs of Neetesh Jung Kunwar. And when I listened to his story in Storytellers, I liked him more and had a great respect for what he did. Didn’t know he was so humble and kind. Here’s the story:
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The literal meaning of Ghumante is “a traveler” and that’s what the team of Ghumante do. Ghumante is a YouTube channel which is a collection of travel stories and journeys within Nepal.
Ghumante is the one and only authentic travel channel in Nepal which provides useful information related to travel destinations. Whenever I watch their videos, I am so inspired to travel and discover myself more. I guess many people are ?
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- Fuzz Factory
Fuzz Factory is another awesome YouTube Channel. I really love the idea of FUZZSCAPE: the fusion of electro music with that of a local one. Among the collaborations with local artists, the one from Bhojpur is my favorite.
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- Jazz Productions
The young guys from Jazz Productions put limitless efforts into their work and the outputs prove it. They are fearless to experiment with newer things and their contents are simply Creative.
One of the most popular yet controversial issues was raised when their short film BOB was stolen by Indian Filmmaker Shirish Kundar under the name Kriti which was greatly criticized as “Kriti stole BOB.”
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- Girish Khatiwada (Vlogs, Music Videos, Live performances, artists promotion)
Girish Khatiwada is a popular Nepali rapper who is commonly known as Gorkhali G. He’s also a Youtuber and in his channel, he uploads music videos, life style vlogs, live performances, and interviews among many other things.
The best thing about Girish Khatiwada is his energy while speaking and that is so inspiring. He speaks with full of enthusiasm. I believe that’s the reason why his channel has witnessed a significant growth within a very short time. Another important aspect of his vlogs is they are totally engaging.
I really love how Girish Khatiwada gives space to the young and new talented artists in his channel. He promotes the newcomers through his channel and that’s very appreciable.
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- Milan Thapa
Milan Thapa is a Boston, USA based Nepali artist who is a photographer, graphics and visual artist, director, and editor as well. His video: Traverse Nepal: The Home Coming
Became a YouTube sensation at the beginning of this year.
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- Kushal Singh
Even though this guy is not as popular as other YouTubers in the list, he has uploaded some quality contents in his channel. The way he delivers his content is unique and carries deep meaning as well. Simply amazing!
Some of the best videos I have come across on his channel are:
ESSENCE- Hanuman Dhoka
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17. Abin Bho
I came to know about Abin Bho when he was participating in Nepal Tourism Board’s Video competition and he won it then. The video entitled “Aura of the valley” is simply out of the world. The time lapses, hyper lapses, creative shots, color grading and sound effects used in the video; everything synchronizes so well. And it shows the level of creativity and hard work he puts in his works. Personally, I would say Abin Bho is one of the best cinematographers I have known in Nepal.
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18. Word Warriors Nepal
Word Warriors Nepal is a group of young poets who have been leading the spoken word poetry movement in Nepal. They conduct workshops, competitions, events and poetry tours in different places of Nepal.
Words Warriors Nepal organized poetry events with Sarah Kay a few times and recently with Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye in Kathmandu. One of the best poetry sessions I have ever attended in my life.
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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SpokenWordNepal/
I will more of the channels if I think they are truly amazing. And what do you think of this list? Who are your favorite Nepali YouTubers? 🙂