Balen Shah

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Mayor, Rapper, Engineer (1990)
Mon Sep 25 2023
By   Prajwol

Er. Balen Shah is the current and the 15th mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. He is one of the prominent figures in the Nepali political landscape. Besides, his political journey, Shah is also a structural engineer and rapper. 

Shah is widely known for his deep-rooted patriotism and unwavering dedication toward Nepal. Recently, the mayor of Kathmandu has been in the spotlight for banning all Hindi movies inside Kathmandu. Let's delve into the life, achievements, and controversies surrounding Balen Shah.

Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah To Ban Hindi Movies WithIn Boundary Of Kathmandu

Yes, the patriotic leader, Balen Shah has stopped the screening of all the Hindi movies in Kathmandu. The ban was done stating dialogue in the movie, Adipurush, about Sita being India's daughter was misleading.

Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah bans all Hindi movies within the boundary of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah bans all Hindi movies within the boundary of Kathmandu. Source: Facebook Gurudev Khanal

Adipurush, the movie led by South Indian actor Prabhas was also banned in Pokhara after the controversy. Although the makers of the movie have sent an apology letter, Shah said that the ban will be lifted only if the dialogue is changed.

Balen Shah Age, Early Life & Parents

The 15th Mayor of Kathmandu, Balen Shah was born on April 27, 1990, in Naradevi, Kathmandu. Based on his birthdate, Shah is currently in his mid-30s in terms of age. The politician's full name is Balendra Shah.

Speaking of parents, Shah's father, Ram Narayan Shah, was originally from the Mahottari district of Nepal. Ram worked as an Ayurvedic medical practitioner.

Balen Shah in his young days.
Balen Shah in his young days. Source: Facebook Balen Shah

Likewise, Balen's mother, Dhruvadevi Shah, is originally from the Dhanusa district. After his father was posted to Naradevi Ayurvedic Hospital, the Shah family moved to Kathmandu.

The youngest son of Ram and Dhruvadevi, Balen was interested in music since his early days. He released his singles while in ninth grade.

Educational Background: Kathmandu's Mayor Balen Shah Is A Structural Engineer!

While growing up in Kathmandu, Balen completed his 10+2 studies at V.S. Niketan Secondary School. Following that, Shah went to Himalayan Whitehouse International College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

Kathmandu's Mayor, Shah received his Master's degree in Structural Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. It is located in Karnataka, India. Although Balen did not secure good marks in his Bachelor's days, he topped the class at VTU. 

Balen Shah Is A Rapper & Music Artist

Kathmandu's Mayor, Balen Shah is much more than a politician who only does paperwork sitting back in office. He is also a rapper and music artist. Shah has been interested in music and poetry ever since his childhood.

Inspired by Laxmi Prasad Devkota, a legendary Nepali poet titled Mahakabi, Balen released his first single in 2012. At the time, Kathmandu's Mayor was only in ninth grade when his song, Sadak Balak, was released.

Balen, in his 20s, mostly competed in Nepali Hip-hop and Rap battles. This includes Raw Barz, Nepal's first rap battle. Shah came into the limelight after his battle against well-known rapper Litl Grizl. Kathmandu's Mayor was the winner of the Second season of Raw Barz.

Shah's music videos on YouTube have millions of views in them. Some of his famous music and songs include; Maan Udyo, Local Thito, Aastik, Timi Fool, and so on.

Relationship & Love Life: Who Is Balen Shah's Wife?

Kathmandu's Mayor is a married person. Balen Shah's wife is Sabeena Kafle, with whom he has been in a nuptial relationship since Falgun, 2074 B.S, i.e., Feb 2018. The romantic pair wedded in Morang, Urlabari. Rob Traegler and Amy Allan also married in 2018.

Balen Shah and his wife Sabeena Kafle in traditional Nepali dress.
Balen Shah and his wife Sabeena Kafle in traditional Nepali dress. Source: Instagram @sabee_kafle

Sabeena, is from the Morang, Urlabari. She currently works as a writer at Deep Latta. Born in 1995, Balens' Wife is currently in her late 20s in terms of age. Kafle studied Public Health at Nobel College.

It is quite unclear when Balen and Sabeena first met. The lovebirds spend quality time together. Shah and his wife Kafle are often seen together in public and people adore this beautiful married couple.

Balen Shah and his wife Sabeena Kafle during romantic getaway in Bali.
Balen Shah and his wife Sabeena Kafle during a romantic getaway in Bali. Source: Instagram @sabee_kafle

Kathmandu's Mayor, Balen took his wife on a romantic trip to Bali in 2023. Their getaway made them even closer to each other. Likewise, Shah's wife Kafle posted pictures of them together on Instagram with the caption:

"Thank you for everything Babe ❤️
Thank you for making me feel lively, worthy, seen , heard, Loved and everything!!! I love you 😘"

Balen has not been linked to any other women. He has not spoken about his previous love life. But, Shah did mention his childhood crush was Bollywood actress, Raveena Tandon. The rapper has also clicked a selfie with her.

Did Balen Shah Welcome Twin Kids With His Wife?

While Balen Shah's wife, Sabeena Kafle, was guessed to be pregnant with twins, it wasn't the case. The married couple, Balendra and Sabeena, welcomed a single child. Kathmandu's Mayor has become a father to one daughter and not of a twin.

Kafle was spotted with a baby bump. As eager as the soon-to-be parents, the fans of Balen and his wife, Sabeena, were excited about it too. Shah and his spouse gave birth to their daughter on September 3, 2023. Sabeena and Balendra keep the name of their kid hidden from the public eye.

Balen Shah's Net Worth: How Rich Is Kathmandu's 15th Mayor?

Balen Shah has not officially revealed his earnings and net worth. But, based on his professional life and lifestyle, Kathmandu's Mayor has an estimated net worth of at least $800k. Also, Know Atlanata's Mayor Derek W. Bottom's net worth.

Balen Shah in Nepali government officials uniform.
Balen Shah in Nepali government officials uniform. Source: Facebook Balen Shah

As a Mayor of Kathmandu, Balen earns NPR 46,000 which is approximately $349 per month. Besides, Shah earned well from his music career. He has millions of views on his YouTube Channel.

Shah is also a structural engineer who owns Balen Consulting And Construction Pvt. Ltd. Previously, the structural engineer was a deputy manager of Padma Group of Industries. Endorsement is also an income-adding source for Kathmandu's Mayor.

Some of the projects and programs under Mayor Shah:

  • Stopping Shops on sidewalks.
  • Demolishing Swathes of Kathmandu.
  • Arrangement to categorize the waste at the source for reuse and processing of waste.
  • Free beds in the hospital for the needy citizens residing within the metropolitan area.

Balen Shah Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance

Kathmandu's Mayor, Balen Shah's height is 5 ft and 6 inches (167 cm). He has maintained a weight of around 70 kg, i.e., 154 lbs.

Balen Shah in his iconic looks and appearance.
Balen Shah in his iconic looks and appearance. Source: Instagram @balenshah

The Politician-cum-rapper, Shah rocks a black beard and square black sunglasses which are his iconic looks. He has an impressive personality and always prefers to dress sharply. Balen usually wears a black suit.

List of Balen Shah Controversies 

  • In July 2022, Balen Shah sparked controversy as a judge on the hip-hop reality TV show "Nephopko Shreepech" by using a sacred crown.
  • In 2023, Kathmandu's Mayor installed a map of Greater Nepal in his office after the Akhand Bharat controversy.


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