IT'S YOUR LIFE, MAKE IT LARGE
RESEARCH || ARCHIVE || WRITE
Sitaram Badal is a researcher, archivist, and documentarian whose work has had a significant impact on preserving Nepal’s various histories. Over the past 13 years, he has researched, documented, and archived various fields such as music, film, art, culture, history, lifestyle, and more. His personal collection contains over 8 terabytes of valuable data, which includes over 300 musicians, historians, writers, poets, artists, actors, cultural experts, and more. In addition to his vast collection of personal interviews and recordings, Sitaram has also compiled a significant collection of various media publications. He is a postgraduate and has been passionately collecting and documenting various matters since school time. His extensive collection of rare visuals, documents, and texts offers an in-depth insight into Nepal’s history. Sitaram’s work has been recognized, and he has been honored with several awards and felicitations for his contribution to the field. His vast collection of personal interviews and recordings, along with his extensive collection of rare visuals, documents, and texts, make him a valuable resource for many researchers around the world.
Very often I ponder about the peculiarities of human life and every time I end up comprehending it, it is nothing more than a journey- an untiring journey. Perhaps it may sound nothing more than a widely used cliché, but yet I find it more convincing and logical. I am in the middle of my journey-my journey to explore the Nepali Music Field as an enthusiast, a professional researcher and a Nepali music lover-so, I believe it is no way wrong for me to see life as nothing more than a mere journey.
Honestly, I was not much into Nepali music initially, but yet I had grown a sweet affectionate towards it even as an amateur since my childhood. I do still have my diaries written back when I was ignorant because, for me, music been only the sound meant for pleasure in the ear. But over time, I came to know I was flawed. There are so many things integrated into it. Precisely, this got me over and hence, I grew more passionate about Nepali Music to explore its various aspects. Nowadays, I devote all my professional efforts to digging and exploring so many things hidden in the Nepali Music Field. I am proud of where I stand today, as I am championing the cause to make a real difference in this field. The profession I came to join actually is by sheer chance. Regarding telling which, I have a different story to tell which requires some other full-time effort. Some other time, for sure! I must admit, however, that this field has offered me the greatest happiness that I have ever dreamt of.