Ankit Babu Adhikari
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Ankit Babu Adhikari
अंकित बाबु अधिकारी
|Born||22 January 1991|
|Genres||Sufi, Semi-classical music, Fusion|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Composer, Songwriter|
|Years active||2014 - present|
Early life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
As a child, Ankit grew up in different cultural environments. His parents, who both serve in government, gave him birth in an inmates’ hospital in Tulsipur Jail in Dang, where his father was then a Jailor. His parents got transferred to Nepalgunj, where Ankit grew up to his mother’s collection of Narayan Gopal, Bhaktaraj Acharya, Tara Devi, Aruna Lama, Gopal Yonjan, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. He participated in school function and was a rock star among family and relatives. At the age of nine, Ankit’s family moved to Capital city Kathmandu, where he learned guitar in school, took vocal classes and further ventured into music.
Music[edit | hide | edit source]
Ankit started his musical career by composing and performing songs for a post-modern play Coma; A Political Sex staged at Shilpee Theatre, Kathmandu in 2014. His another major milestone includes his solo concert organised in tribute to Narayan Gopal. In 2014-15 he made it to Nepali Tara after which he gained wider audience throughout Nepal and abroad. His first original release is Ram Naam, a song that questions the physical existence of God; that was critically acclaimed in Nepal. He continued his experiment in a 2016 release Nau Futey Bhoot (9 ft. ghost), a song about Indian Blockade in Nepal, for which the Japan-based magazine The Diplomat named him Nepal's Singing Storyteller.
Dr Govinda K.C Anthem[edit | hide | edit source]
Ankit has released an anthem for Dr Govinda K.C. while he was in his 11th hunger-strike against Nepal's medical mafia. The song contributed to mass campaigns to his support on social media. The song Ma Govinda Banchu (I will be Govinda) explains what it means to be like Dr. Govinda K.C. 
Journalist[edit | hide | edit source]
He was a journalist with The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times before switching into music. At the age of 19, he started his career as a correspondent covering crime, security, history and human rights. Before coming into music full-time, he was a copy-editor. He is also a co-producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Looking The Un-eyed Way. Produced with Pradeep Bashyal and Kumar Paudel, the documentary featured Deurupa Pandey, a 75-year-old blind woman from a village in the hills of Syangja district, who lived alone creating wonders about herself.