Balendra Shah is widely recognized by his stage name Balen.

Balen Shah is a whole package of talent in one, he is Nepali Rapper, Music Composer, Song Writer, Director, and Structural Engineer. Similarly, he has now decided to enter the political world. He recently announced his candidacy for the mayor of Kathmandu. He made such an announcement through his Facebook account writing:

Aba Yuva Ko Palo, hamile Padheko lekheko Kaile Kaam Laagchha?
Hamro Kathmandu, Hami Aafai Banauchhaun.
Besides music, he was always quite interested in socially beneficial activities. Right after the earthquake in 2015, he was involved in the construction of 740 houses in Panchkhal, Kavre which was handed over to earthquake victims. He has worked as a technical advisor in a non-governmental Organisation ASF Nepal and Habitat For Humanity Nepal.
He has also been working on a wildlife crossing in Bardiya. Wildlife crossings are like an overhead bridge for wildlife that goes over the main road and reduces animal collisions by vehicles. This wildlife crossing is the very first of its kind in Nepal.

What is he up to these days?

After deciding to apply for the mayor, he has been visiting different politicians and activists like Mahabir Pun, Basudev Ghimire, Narshing Byanjankaar…etc. He has also announced that after his announcement, various political parties are approaching him to join their party. Rather, Balen has decided to go independent.
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Narshing Byanjankar, ward Chairman, Lalitpur
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Mahabir Pun, Nepali scientist, teacher, social entrepreneur, and an activist
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Samata Sikchhya Sadan, The school were monthly fee is just Rs.100.
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Basudev Ghimire, Mayor, Tillottama

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