In this 21st century, media has become the most important means of connecting people world over. These days, people in the world, irrespective of locations (be it villages or cities) can learn easily about the current affairs and/or the daily ‘happenings’ in their surroundings through the media and internet services. It is evident that the number of new generations showing interest in the world of mass communication is increasing by the day in Nepal. Miss Poonam Gurung happens to be one of those young and keen crowd that wishes to pursue a career in the media world – as an aspiring journalist.
Born to Mr Govinda Bahadur and Mrs Nakhu Maya Gurung of Khilang, Madi Gaun Palika, Ward 1 and, currently residing in Kamal Pokhari Pokhara, Miss Poonam Gurung has been working as a Television Programme Presenter with White Lotus Studio, Pokhara, running the famous TV programme ‘Tamu-mai Tan’ (The Gurungs’ Affairs) which is aired in ABC television since the last two years.
In addition to her job as a TV presenter, Poonam is currently studying Bachler of Arts, second year in Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara. She is also actively involved in several voluntary/social works; currently Poonam is holding the appointments of Assistant Secretary for the Central Committee for Youth, Tamu Pye Lhu Sangh and Secretary for her local Youth Club in Kamal Pokhari. Extramurally, Poonam is good at acting and dancing which she has already proved her skills by playing a key role in a Gurung Movie, ‘Paa’ (‘Raksi’ in Nepali language meaning a locally brewed alcohol in the Gurung households) and modelling in couple of music videos, e.g., Photographer Milan Tamu’s ‘Rodhi-ghar ko Angan’ and Gam Bahadur Gurung and Captain Dem Bahadur Gurung’s music video ‘Ngyo Tamu-mai khana tilai, khana hyalai Kohibo Dheen lala to mu’.
Acting for movies and conducting or presenting programmes in television are two different things and they are both challenging but interesting, says Poonam Gurung. While Poonam is competent in both fields, she chooses media as her future career over acting as she aspires to becoming a successful journalist in future.
Poonam Gurung hopes to produce and present quality programmes related not only to Gurungs but issues pertaining to all national and nationalities in future. Poonam has so far presented over ninety five (95) ‘Tamu-mai Tan’ programmes and has been encouraged by several positive feedback from audience. She has visited many Gurung villages for the preparation of ‘Tamu-mai Tan’ programme across the nation. Moreover, Poonam has had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong, recently, with the ‘Paa’ movie team to show this movie in several places of Hong Kong which was a huge success. Also, as a team member of the Tamu Pye Lhu Sangh Cultural Group, Poonam has performed/shown her dancing skill in New Delhi, India and several parts of Nepal.