When Kailash Kher went to Kathmandu to perform last week, this was the last thing he was expecting to hear. But the singer returned to India as an ambassador for Nepal tourism. “Their government presented me with the honour,” says Kher, who also received the country’s flag along with a memento and a certificate. “They felicitated me for my unique contribution to the betterment of the world, something that I found very interesting.” Kher performed to an invite-only elite audience of 2,000 people at the event in Nepal.
When news of his act reached his followers, the organisers began receiving agitating messages. “They are now planning a bigger event soon. The response was very exciting for the organisers. People got very annoyed, and that’s why we may play in a stadium next time,” adds Kher, who will soon be heading to London to perform at an event for the British Council. He plans on talking about Nepal and carrying out his duties as an ambassador for the country in the UK too. “It’s exciting to be granted this honour, but with pride comes responsibility. That’s why I will talk to the international media about this as well.”