“In this business, until you’re known as a monster, you’re not a star”
Harihar Sharma is one of the most celebrated theatre actor who has been winning the heart of audiences with his performances for over 50 years now. He has acted and directed over 60 dramas, each being par excellence. He has been a mentor to almost all the prominent actors who are involved in theatre including Sunil Pokharel. Not only has he contributed to theatre as an actor, director and mentor but has helped theatre and artists subsist and thrive. He has helped establish theatre to where it is today by working dedicatedly in the administration of various governing body like Nach Ghar and Nepal Academy. All of his characters have been imprinted in the hearts of the audience and has been able to mesmerize the young and old with his unbounded talent. It is an honour for us to have his guidance and support in the institution.
Rajan Khatiwada was one of the first students of Aarohan Gurukul. Just in a few years, he has been able to succeed as an actor, director and even start his own theatre group Mandala Theatre. He heads the theatre as a director and has been able to win the heart of audience and make his mentors proud and reiterate theatre culture in Nepal, that too in such short span of time. He plans to dedicate his life to theatre – acting, directing as well as teaching students like him. Having Rajan as a core member of the EFA team, only makes us proud.
An actor, writer and independent film-maker, Bisharad Basnet is a gem of a person. Born in Mirzapur, India, Basnet has his roots in Nepal. He has over 16 years of professional theatre experience and is trained under finest teacher in India and abroad. He has done expeditions with Clowns without Borders, Sweden to Nepal, he is founder of Acting School of India and has already trained more than 1000 actors, writers and directors in different part of India and Nepal. We feel that having Basnet’s background of theatre and experience of filmmaking would bring about great learning experience for the students at EFA.
Renasha Bantawa Rai
“IF YOU CAN WALK, YOU SURE CAN DANCE”, says Renasha Bantawa Rai, a National Award Winner Choreographer. She raised the flag of her career at the age of 18. Starting with choreographing dance in different music videos, Renesha made her way to the film industry. From then it has been no looking back for her. She has choreographed in numerous film which include Mero Euta Sathi Chha, Batch no.16, Visa Girl, Kollywood, Jholay, Classic, Prem Geet & Bir Bikram as well as different television shows and live events. In 2015, she choreographed Ma yesto geet gauchu for the film Prem Geet which has been one of her biggest hits. Her charisma and enthusiasm is a great mix to have in the EFA team.
Sabitri khatri has been working as a movie director. She has worked as assistant dance director in nepali movies like Naudandapari, Mohani lagla hai, Bacha Bandana, Jhakri and Bhojpuri movies like Trinetra and Rakshyak. . She has additionally played in prevalent nepali telefilms Madan Bahadur Hari Bahadur, Aama, Bhut and Nyano Maya. She is currently working as dance teacher in various foundation like like Sadhana kala Kendra, Harati cultural group, Nepal music school, Kamala Kala Kendra and Maiti Nepal. Besides that she is also a member of Film Director Guide of Nepal, Dance choreographer association Nepal, Nepal Dance Association, and Herman Hesse Gesellschaft Frauen Nepal.
An energetic classical singer who holds a PHD in classical music, Sita Thapa has decades of experience in vocal training. She has attended different Training Program like: “Vocal Training” Rastriya Nacha Ghar, Kathmandu and has been a part of numerous institutions as Music Teacher which includes Kalanidhi Indira Sangeet Mahavidhayalaya where she trained the students in Raga Sangeet.
Gopal shrestha (Jack Guru)
Gopal Shrestha is a renowned Wushu Coach and it is our pleasure to have him as one of the mentors at EFA. He has been training in Wushu for about three decades now.He has worked with different theatres in Nepal including Arohan Gurukul, Mandala and Shilpee Theater. He was the wushu coach at Fourth Asian Wushu championship, Jharkhand (India), in Philippines in 1996 and in the Second South Asian Wushu Championship in New Delhi.