is Dance and Music Director of Dance Theater of Nepal. He served as
Associate Director of Dramatic Art at the Royal Nepal Academy in Kathmandu,
Nepal and has performed, taught, directed and shared Nepali dance and
music in more than 23 countries worldwide.
Beginning in 1996 in America and throughout his career in Nepal, Raj
Kapoor has devoted his life to the expression and preservation of Nepali
arts and culture..He collaborated with artist Sherry Onna Handlin in
developing Nepal '98, the first yearlong festival highlighting Nepali
culture in America. The series included 14 events citywide. His astute
creativity has brought him to world music and dance settings including
American Museum of Natural History, Symphony Space in New York the Smithsonian
in Washington DC.,The Nepali Embassy and many cultural settings including
universities, schools, and arts centers. The versatility and scope of
his artistry and achievements in his field are rare. As a dancer, musician,
composer, director and teacher he continually takes on new projects.
Proficient on all eastern drums he has composed Nepali music for many
films, television and radio shows in Nepal and India. He co-produced
Kathmandu Embrace,with Arjun Gurung, the first CD of its kind created
in New York. His expertise as a choreographer and director is seen in
his work in film and video in America, Nepal and India..Kapoor's inspiring
role as a leader both within the Nepali community and the larger community
of American audiences is evidenced by the variety of performances he
has undertaken.These accomplishments have been documented in American,
Nepali Community, and South Asian press publications including The New
York Times, Washington Post, Dyalo, News India Times, and India Abroad.
From 1996 to the present he has helped to organize and participate in
various community cultural programs held yearly at ANA conventions in
different cities. He has received many awards in both Nepal and in the
US from various Nepali community organizations including; ANA, Nepali
Friendship Society, and FNA. He has also been honored by the Nepali
Ambassador to the UN.
As a teacher of Nepali dance and music he is relentless in sharing what
he knows and loves. His intuitive qualities, energy and lively sense
of humor combine with a tenacity of purpose. As both an innovator and
preserver of Traditional Nepali Performing Arts, Raj Kapoor has expressed
a unique artistic style.This is the mark of a truly great international
artist and cultural ambassador.