After choreographing 300 movies and numerous achievements to his credit Mr. Kamal Rai is a known face in both Indian and Nepali cinema. And recently having been sat in the judges’ panel in the state’s reality dance show “Nachyo Babari”, he has become a household name.
Born in Singapore bought up in Kurseong, he has come a long way. Like any other aspiring choreographer he moved to Mumbai and worked as an assistant choreographer for 9 years. “It’s been 25 years since I joined this profession and I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve come a long way,” recalls Mr. Rai. His actual choreography profession started when his talent got recognized by the Nepali cinema. Therefore he became a full time choreographer in Nepali movies. Since the day he started, nothing could stop him. The passion for his profession made him what he is right now. He claimed to fame especially after he won the award for his “maaruni” choreography. Now his life revolves between Kathmandu and Sikkim.
Right now he is in the state choreographing an album named “Sanskriti” which includes seven tracks and all are traditional folk songs. The main purpose of this album is to preserve and universalize the Nepalese culture. The people featured in the album are not professional actors; hence Mr. Rai is having a tough time teaching them. “It’s hard to make them understand what they need to do. At times it’s bit difficult to handle them but I am enjoying every moment of it. They are an interesting bunch of people and ambitious too,” says Kamal Rai.
“I never expected people to know me here in Sikkim, I am surprised they do, and it’s a good feeling,” says the hardworking choreographer proudly. Unlike other choreographers he doesn’t boast about having a tight schedule though he is choreographing a nepali movie named “Mrigatrishna” directed by the veteran actor and director Mr. Tulsi Ghimiray soon after Deepawali.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail