"Range, resonance, sweetness, right note in the right way and right feel (for the wordings) are the qualities of a good song."
Indeed, no listener would have been left unimpressed by the resonance of Robin Sharma's voice as he speaks out his opinions on music and narrates the highs and lows of his four and a half decade long journey of life at his office.
The sonorous voice reminded this scribe of his songs like 'Afainlai Bhar Bhayo Aja Afnai Jindagi' and 'Ainai Ainai Po Rahechha, Yo Mero Ghar' aired from the Radio Nepal since more than last one decade.
These and other songs with a distinct combination of Sharma's resonant voice and the most appropriate tone and feel for the powerful words have established Robin Sharma as a popular singer among the Nepali audience.
For Sharma, singing was and, is, only a hobby. He has not taken it professionally. In his childhood, he did not think that he would continue singing for so long. But, this is one identity by which most Nepalese recognize and revere him.
Previously a teacher by profession and now an administrator, Sharma regrets that he put less effort and time for this genre. "Had I known that this genre would raise me to this height, I would have probably studied music, put more effort in it and groomed myself better for singing," said Sharma in impeccable English – a rare skill for a Nepali singer.
But even without a formal education in music, to the common audience, Sharma's singing is flawless. His voice holds the audience spellbound. This is probably one reason why many businessmen choose to use Sharma's voice for publicity of their products in advertisement and promotional jingles.
As a child – as his teachers reminisce – Sharma was inclined to acting. However, since the time he can recall he was interested in singing. Singers like Bhakta Raj Acharya, Kishore Kumar, Ashok Rai and Bengali poet Rabindra Nath Tagore had had great influence on Sharma.
Son of late Thakur Prasad Ghimire and Dhan Kumari Ghimire, Sharma used his flair for singing at stage functions and rituals in his village in the eastern district of Jhapa and in his school functions in Kalimpong and Kharsang.
He passed a voice test for singing from Radio Nepal in 1977 and recorded his first song 'Merai Shrijanako Sansarma Sammanharu Kasaiko' penned by Nir Shah and music composed by C. K. Rasaili the next year.
For a profession he wanted to become an English teacher and he did become one. After completing masters' degree from Tribhuwan University in English, he started teaching at the same university for about ten years. But, Sharma lost faith in this long nurtured profession and opted to fully devote to Radio Nepal , where he was already a part time English News reader and sub-editor since 1985.
In Radio Nepal , Robin Sharma – officially known as Rajendra Sharma – has produced several program related to tourism, youth, among others. In a short time, he was promoted to the level of deputy executive director of Radio Nepal .
But, still to common people he is popular for his songs. Many people know Sharma more easily with his song 'Kun Mandirma Janchhau Yatri' for a feature film 'Basudev'. Sharma's singing flavored the poem – that questions a pilgrim how he could please god by worshipping his stone idol while he was doing injustice to the underprivileged people - written by Mahakabi Laxmi Prasad Devkota decades ago.
Over the years, Sharma has sung more than three hundred songs and released four cassettes and CD albums – 'Robin Sharmaka Adhunik Geet', 'Avash', 'Sungabha' and 'Silsila'. He has also translated into English and published 'Selected Nepali Lyrical Poems' with 170 songs by thirty four Nepali song writers.
People can relate most of the situations they face with one or the other of Sharma's songs. While songs like 'Harshale Man Mero Chhoyeko Chha' share the feelings of people in happy mood others like 'Afainlai Bhar Bhayo' speak out the utter frustration people face at some point of time. Songs like 'Juni Junilai' have been able to attract more young listeners.
Sharma has won many contests. He became the best singer in 'Pratibhako Khoji' in 2039 (B.S.) and Nationwide Environmental Songs Contest in 2045. So far, he has been honored countless times and bagged several awards including 'Koili Devi Sangeet Samman'. Last year the King decorated Sharma with Su Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, one of the highest honors accorded to the civilians of Nepal , for his consistent efforts in modernizing and popularizing Radio Nepal .