Radio Sagarmatha celebrated two decades of its journey amidst a grand program on 23 May, 2017 at Russian Centre of Science and Culture. Along with the presence of the pioneers who not only gave birth to Radio Sagarmatha but also stirred the community radio movement in all of South Asia, the program was attended by renowned media experts, journalists, veteran poets, lyricists, singers, musicians, social workers, civil society members as well as representatives from different organizations.
The attendees were glued as Bhairab Risal, one of the pioneers whose incessant lobbying helped Radio Sagarmatha get its license, took to the stage to share the station's journey as well as the community radio movement. 89-year old Risal sounded as exuberant as he does while presenting the program 'Uhileko Baaje ko Paala ma', a radio program he had started and had been presenting until last year.
Radio Sagarmatha, the first community radio in South Asia, has had many challenges in its way. But it continued to fight its battles and was successful in uplifting the community and spreading Nepal's ethnic and cultural diversity. However, the changing times and technological advancement has made it urgent to revive this domain of mass media. To take forth this serious issue, the program also had a panel discussion on “Nepal’s Radio Movement: Where We Stand and What Next?', where media experts and journalists voiced their views and concerns on the matter.