Published On: Sat, Sep 27th, 2014

Anju Panta, one of India’s biggest celebrities, bows out of Hindu festival after conversion to Christianity

Anju Panta is one of the biggest stars in the country is making headlines in her country, not for her talents or skills, but because of her religious conversion to Christianity. Attacks in the media and critics are widespread as she bowed out of performing at a Hindu festival.

“My faith does not allow me to worship gods through song,” Panta said. She only responded to critics saying that “I have nothing to say to those who are criticizing me. May be it’s God’s plan and now I’m under the grace of God”.

Anju Panta in 2014  photo / Ashishlohorung

Anju Panta in 2014 photo / Ashishlohorung

The Asia Times article details how Panta married artist Manoj Raj Siwakoti, another popular singer in Nepal, in 2002. “The two have a daughter, but their marriage did not work: after the separation, about a year ago, her journey of self-discovery resulted in her conversion to Christianity. Her career is studded with success: in December 2009, during the thirteenth edition of Close Up Hits FM Music Award, she won almost all the awards including “Best Singer” and “Best Song of the Year.” Her hits “Nabirse Timilai” is one of the most popular nationwide.”

Christianity has changed everything, including her songwriting. “Jaba Ma Prabhuko Bhayar Jiuna Thale Nirasama Shanti Paya” is about the beginning of the new life in Christ and the peace that the Lord has given her in the storm. Because of her religious beliefs, on September 4 she refused to sing at a Hindu festival: “My faith does not allow me to worship the Hindu deity through song. Moreover, in those days I was not well. Though I was offered a large amount of money, I declined the engagement.”.

“This decision has unleashed the fury of radical Hindu groups, but also the admiration of the Christian community,” The Sept. 22 article states.

In Nepal, over 80% of the 26.6 million citizens are Hindi and less than half a percent of Christian, with just over 7,000 being Catholic.

Fr. Silas Bogati, a priest in the capital explains to AsiaNews, “there are several challenges to become Christian in the country. Many obstacles and social humiliation may come.” He advised all the Catholic community and others who want to become Catholic, “to be firm in God. God will give you the power to overcome such obstacles. Don’t believe in any conspiracy. ”


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  1. Bob says:

    How is she India’s biggest celebrity when she is from Nepal? I am not sure if you know this, but South Asia is not a synonym for India. Just because someone is South Asian does not make them Indian just as a Japanese person is not Chinese or a Ukrainian is not Russian. A person from Nepal is Nepali and a person from India is India. Nepal was never part of India. Nepal is older than India. Period.
    Also, there is no such thing as a Hindi. It is Hindu with a u. Hindi with a I is a language spoken in certain parts of Northern India.
    When will people learn the difference?
    It’s astonishing that a co-founder is unable to learn some simple facts.

  2. iCommentor says:

    “Anju Panta, One Of India’s Biggest Celebrities…”
    Please do some fact-checking before publishing anything.

  3. prasit says:

    1. she is NOT from India. she is from Nepal.
    2. more than 80% citizens of Nepal are not “Hindi” it’s HINDU. Hindi is a language spoken in INDIA.
    i would have thought a”cofounder” would not make such idiotic mistakes.
    and lastly, what she did was just dumb. it wouldn’t do anything good for the minority Christian community in Nepal. we have been living in harmony through generations and it all depends on mutual respect. there are hundreds of artists who perform for other religions as well.

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