Hari Uprety was born in Dagana, Bhutan, but fled the country with his parents in the 1992. They lived as refugees in Nepal's Morang District for 18 years, where he finished secondary school. Despite life's difficulties as a refugee, Hari stayed dedicated to his education and attended Biratnagar College, where he earned a master's degree. Similarly, he earned Master of Education from Sukuna Multiple Campus.
After a few years of teaching, Hari was allowed to go to the United States in 2009. In the US, he worked as a case manager, assisting refugees with finding employment, scheduling medical appointments, and obtaining the necessary paperwork. Because of his refugee background, Hari could relate to the people he helped and benefit their lives. At the same time, he continued his education and earned MA from Denver, Colorado.
In addition to his humanitarian work, Hari is a talented lyricist who has written over 60 songs. He has authored Nepali bhajans and songs many well-known Nepali vocalists have performed. Numerous mainstream Nepalese media praised his prodigious work, including Radio Nepal, where he was profiled for his talent. Additionally, he won multiple honors for his contributions to Nepali music, including the Global Nepali Film Music Media and Social Award in 2018. He also won the Second Khumbu Kolsch Global Nepali Award in 2017.
Further to showcasing his prodigious talent, Hari's compositions reveal a keen awareness of Bhutanese American society and culture. To bring attention to social concerns like migrants' struggle, education value, and cultural preservation, he uses music as a medium. He is regarded as a leading figure in the music industry in the Bhutanese American community, thanks to his contributions to Nepali music.
Hari's songs range from love to culture and religion. His well-known songs have been used in films like "Duichulthi Batne lai" and "Bir Bahadur Danga Parch." Several albums, including "Karuna" (parts 1 and 2), "Purna" (Collection Album), and "Unique Album" (Collection), have been produced by him as well. Additionally, he has made a collection of religious songs called "Prabhu Bandana," which includes songs like "Hey Gana Nayek," "Guru Hun Hamra," and "Shiva Timro."
Beyond music, Hari is creative. He has worked on several short films and documentaries, including "Jogi" (Documentary-Hardik Media), "Halkara" (Documentary-Hari Uprety), and "Tel sakiyeko Diyo" (Short Movie-Rani Shakya). His writing talent is also displayed in the novel "Gunaso Gajal Sanghra," which he also wrote. Additionally, he created the comedy serials "Sulsule" (Episodes 01–15) and "Achhut Pujari" (Tele serial–Parts 1 and 2), respectively. His contribution to the Nepali entertainment sector shows his adaptability and originality.
Music is integral to Bhutanese American culture, with traditional songs and dances passed down through generations. Many community members have appeared on the contemporary music scene with singers and songwriters, making them mark both at home and abroad. Some of the most popular Bhutanese lyricists and singers include Kiran Gajmir and Karan Rai, who have won the Voice of Nepal award. Another notable artist is Pratap Subba, who made history as the first Bhutanese singer to record his songs on Radio Nepal.
But despite the global reach of music, there are still challenges. Nepali musicians have been known to charge exorbitant fees for songwriting, leaving Bhutanese American lyricists struggling to make a living. And while some Nepali singers have recorded Bhutanese American songs and uploaded them to their own YouTube channels, the original writers often don't receive any income from those views. Despite these challenges, Bhutanese Americans remain passionate about music. Reality shows like Nepal Idol are a popular pastime, and aspiring singers and musicians continue to pursue their dreams in the hopes of making it big.
Many people who have encountered comparable difficulties in life find encouragement in Hari's narrative. Through perseverance and arduous effort, he overcame challenges and created a life for himself. His love of music and the arts inspired him to produce work that has brought him acclaim and recognition. Additionally, thanks to his humanitarian activities, he has given back to the community and assisted needy people.
Hari's tale reminds everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a successful life in a society where refugees frequently experience prejudice and marginalization. His creations exemplify strength, ingenuity, and compassion. It is a tale to be told and honored.