Balen Shah Biography, Age, Career, Legacy, and Leadership


Nepalese rapper, composer, structural engineer, and non-political leader Balen Shah was born on 1990 April 27. Balendra Shah is also known as Balen Shah. He is the youngest son of Ram Narayan Shah and his wife Dhruva Devi shah. His father is an Ayurvedic practitioner. 

His paternal ancestral home is in Mahottari Ekdara Rural Municipality, while his maternal home is in Dhanusha. His parents moved to Kathmandu from Mahottari after his father was posted to Naradevi Ayurvedic Hospital. He married Sabina Kafle in 2018. She is a public health professional.

Personal details:

Real Name Balendra Shah
Popular NameBalen
Date of Birth1990 April 27 
Birth PlaceNaradevi, Kathmandu, Nepal
ProfessionRapper, Composer, Leader (Politically not exposed)
Height1.77m (5ft 10 in)
EducationStructural Engineer
Marital StatusMarried with Sabina Kafle (2018)
ParentsRam Narayan and Dhruva Devi Shah
Years active2012-Present


Balen shah completed his school life at Alliance Academy. He completed 10+2 studies at V.S. Niketan higher secondary school. He completed a bachelor’s degree (BE) in civil engineering from Himalayan Whitehouse international college. He also received a master’s degree (M-Tech) in structural engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Karnataka India.

Music career

Balen shah from an early age was interested in music and poetry. He was inspired by Laxmi Prasad Devkota. He was interested in poetry and music but his voice wasn’t soft so he chooses to rap. 

Slowly he was mixing and rhyming poet through rap. He released his first single, Sadak Balak, which he wrote while in the ninth grade, in 2012. At that time legend, Yama Buddha was contributing to hip-hop in Nepal. 

Balen Shah was also a friend of Yama Buddha that helped Balen Shah to enter the hip-hop genre. At that Yama Buddha was hosting the popular Rap Battle Show Raw Barz. At that time Balen Shah showed his interest in a rap battle and told Yama Buddha to allow him to participate in that battle. Yama Buddha recognized his friend’s true talent and allowed him to participate and start the rap journey.

Balen Vs Litl Grizl Rap Battle in Raw Barz

Balen shah’s first and last battle in “Raw Barz” with at that time famous rapper Litl Grizl. From that battle, Balen shah became famous in the hip-hop industry. Then Balen shah went to India for further study. After returning from India he released a song “Man Yo Udyo” He was inactive but his fan always loved him. So that his song man yo Udyo song also become popular.

Finally, he thinks that once his study is finished then he will come back in rap. But in the year 2015, a massive earthquake caused major damage to the infrastructures all over Nepal. Balen professionally being an engineer realized his responsibility and served his professional service in different rural areas of Nepal instead of completing his dream career.

In 2019 Balen shah and Rohit Shakya together create a music video “Marpha ko Madira”. And Balen Shah’s most popular rap video was “Balidan”, which purely expresses the frustration with the geopolitical affairs of Nepal.

Balidan Song by Balen Shah

Political Career

Balen shah was involved in the “We for constitution movement” before the promulgation of the constitution of Nepali in 2015. He had also expressed interest to put candidacy for Kathmandu mayorship in the 2017 local elections but later backed down as he was not fully prepared for the plans to be executed.

Finally, after 5 years, he announced his candidacy for the post of Mayor in the Kathmandu Metropolitan in 2022. On 26 May 2022 Balen shah was elected as Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan with 38.6% of the votes cast. He defeated Nepali congress candidate Srijana Shrestha and former mayor and CPN (UML) candidate Keshav Sthapit by a margin of over 23,000 votes.


In July 2022, he attracted controversy over the use of a sacred crown in “Nephopko Shreepech”, a hip-hop reality TV show in which he served as a judge.

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Some popular song of Balen shah

  1. Sadak Balak:
  2. Hande:
  3. Tathya:
  4. Gai ta Badhyo:
  5. Marpha ko Madira:
  6. Man yo Udyo:
  7. Balidan:

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