Name : Om Bikram Bista
DOB : 1955, 16th February
Son of : Dautat Bikram and Nutan Kurari Bista
Birthplace : Kathmandu
Qualification : BA
Occupation : Musician and Singer
Recorded More then 400 Songs.
More then 2000 Stage Shows all over the World
Known as the King of Pop in Nepal, Om Bikram Bista has given numerous pop songs for more than three decades at a time when Nepali music scenario was so dominated by the traditional style. He added new dimension to the Nepali music.
Coming from a literary environment, he got interested in music as his parents as well as siblings had a penchant for music. He considers music as his best friend that always gave him a companion throughout his life. For him, music is what moon and flower is to others. During his more than three decade long career in Nepali music industry, he has seen many changes occur. Music, back then, used to be a passion and was not financially rewarding as it is today. Also, the singers were more practiced and had greater love for music unlike present situation. However, the technology (he calls it copy and paste) has made it easy for anyone to sing.
It definitely was not easy for him to get to the place where he is now, behind the title 'King of Pop' there is a lot of struggles he had to go through. He started singing pop songs during the time when traditional music was deep rooted in Nepali society. He was called iconoclast, was looked upon with contempt and scorn by the traditionalist of the time and his music was distorted, however, as the time passed by, people began to understand and appreciate his music. He feels satisfied when he finds the pop music getting more popularity and the invention of new recording technologies, however, the bizarre looks of the singers and their focus on unusual sounding pronunciation rather than the quality of singing disappoints him.
One of his super hit songs Ma Mauntama was originally written and composed by Robert Subba. However, as the lyrics were incomplete, Puru Thapa completed it and he had loved it the moment he listened to it for the first time. Later, he and Subarna Limbu improvised it and then recorded it which became one of the most popular songs of Nepali music industry. Among the pop singers of new generation, he likes Nabin K Bhattarai, Sugam Pokhrel, Sabin Rai, Deepak Bajracharya, Hemanta Rana and Shreya Sotang. If given a chance to change three things in music industry, he would like to standardize the composition lyrics and singing, elimination of piracy and the structuring of the collection and distribution of royalties to be fair and effective.
In 2029 BS he started singing in radio Nepal which gave him an opportunity to deliver his music to a much broader audience. His first song was "Biteka Jiwan Mero", soon five other songs followed. These were the very first pop songs that started a new chapter in the history of Nepali music. In spite of the lack of electronic media, absence of technology and attractive monetary compensations, Om continued his musical journey as a successful Nepali pop singer.
Though he is glad that the seeds he has sown have started to blossom, he has a grudge that the pop music today is more quantity oriented rather than quality. Because of the over-reliance on technology, individual talent sometimes gets lost. Sometimes musical arrangements overshadow unique qualities of individual artists.
Om's musical carrier belongs to the same generation of Deep Shrestha, Udit Narayan, Madhu Chettri, Prakash Shrestha and Deepak Kharel. He admires Bacchu Kailash, Prem Dhoj and Narayan Gopal and other artists. Om received a plethora of both international and national awards, including Chinna Lata Puraskar , 2002 Millenium award from late King Dipendra and Golden Kite Award in Malaysia to name a few. He has widely traveled and performed in countries such as Japan, Australia, China (Hongkong) and other. His contribution to Nepali pop music will be remembered forever.