A part of the modeling industry for eight years, Sabita Karki started working as a professional model before going for India’s Next Top Model in 2017 where she ended up as the first runner-up. She gives credit for her success at INTM to her initial years of modeling experiences in Nepal which helped her to showcase her confidence there. INTM was a turning point in her career after which she garnered immense love and recognition resulting in more opportunities for the diva. Currently, doing her ACCA, she also owns a clothing brand
(@k_launey) and has started a modeling agency, Model Factory Nepal which provides a safe and unbiased haven for upcoming talents and aspiring models. She says, “Our agency provides proper training from runway walks to being camera friendly after which we also give them projects through our platform. When clients approach, we send them our models’ portfolio and they are chosen accordingly. We are creating an environment where there is proper transparency between the models and the agency. We have 12 models in our agency and have ongoing interviews to select models for the next batch.”
This versatile professional model has been choreographing runway shows for some time now and her latest show “Kramasha” has created a buzz in the town. She is shaking things up with her choreography.
How did you come up with the idea of KRAMASHA?
Kramasha is the vision of three people; Karma Gurung, Elvis Ranjit and I. Initially, it was meant to be just one runway show. When they approached me for this, I was all in because this has been my field of interest. Later on, as we discussed more, we decided to organize it every month, thus creating a platform for new and upcoming fashion designers, creating job opportunities for the models and creating a buzz that promotes all the parties involved. Talking about the name, it just hit me one day as I was pondering upon the whole show. As this show is going to be continued, the name KRAMASHA was decided. I shared this name with the team and everyone liked it. I’m glad that we were appreciated for the name and the overall show. Not only did the invitees appreciate it, but also other people who watched it through social media, showered us with immense love. That’s also one of the factors that gave us a boost to do this every month.
What was the main objective with KRAMASHA?
The main goal was always to give an opportunity to aspiring designers who were hit by the pandemic as there weren’t many shows happening. Till now, we have organized two editions of KRAMASHA in two months. The first edition was organized on 12th March while the second was on 23rd April. In both the editions, we gave a platform to creative designers who recently graduated from fashion colleges like Numana and IEC. Through this interview, I would also like to invite all the designers. If you have creative designs, feel free to approach us. There is no charge from the designers; you will be given full freedom to showcase your creativity.
How would you evaluate your experience from the choreography point of view?
I tried to pour all that I knew about choreography into this show. I feel I have done it so many times that now I can easily make a picture of the entire thing in my mind just by looking at the stage. I designed six different sequences for all the designs for both the editions in the same venue. I loved the whole experience.
How do you describe your overall experience with the show?
I am all in this show; I contact the designers; I coordinate with the models and overlook the entire details. I choreograph their walk and expression based on the music and the outfits. Designers for both the seasons were carefully selected based on their past designs in their page. They then sent a few sketches with their designs that they wanted to showcase and were given full freedom to be creative. Same goes with the makeup artist as well. Creativity is given utmost importance in the entire show.
My experience with Kramasha has been very professional I would say. All our teammates are given decent payment and the pre-fittings and practice is also done very systematically. There’s no chaos at all. I also took feedback from the models and everyone was satisfied with the entire process. Designers were helping each other and it was such a healthy environment inside.
A moment you cannot forget?
I still remember the moment right after the first edition of Kramasha where everyone came up to me and showed their appreciation. That was really very overwhelming for me.
Designer: Anugraha Adhikari
How are the models for KRAMASHA selected?
Right now, a few of them are from Model Factory and the rest are chosen by the three of us. A few models have also approached us on their own and were selected based on the portfolio they sent us. It’s a combination of professionals as well as first-timers. There were models who were doing a runway show for the first time. There is no special requirement; it all boils down to hard work and confidence. Later on, for the 4th or 5th season, we are thinking of having auditions. I would also like to invite all aspiring models who are looking for a platform to showcase their talent. Right now it is limited to females, but we will soon be including male models as well.
Designer: Elsa Moktan
How were the two editions of KRAMASHA different from each other?
With KRAMASHA, it’s not like you have the same type of design. One sequence gets over and suddenly you get surprised when you see something quite different. In the first month, we worked with three designers; Tezu Magar, Anil Pradhan and the group of Luna, Anu and Anisha. Anil’s theme was Ruffel Ripple where he made embroidered and embellished gowns, Tezu called her designs The Audace and came up with designs which included oversized jeans, jacket and sneakers. Luna’s group called it Crinkle Craze and played with colors.
In the second month, I had higher expectations. I was looking for designers and for the second edition we had three designers; Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Elsa Moktan and Anugraha Adhikari. Again, all of them had different designs. This would perfectly cater to all the audience there with different tastes. Elsa’s theme was Divine Paragon, Anugraha named it The Little Black Dress while Dawa called his Ethereal.
Makeup and Hair was done by Shradha Maskey. She is so creative; she just looks at the face and can bring beautiful outcomes on her own. In both the editions, she displayed absolute creativity. When given the freedom, she just outperforms herself every time.
What were some of the shortcomings you experienced with the first edition and how did you work on the flaws in the second one?
Our first edition had a lot of people because it was the first show after Covid. I invited my friends from my PR and everyone was very excited to see my work. I am so grateful to everyone for showering their support. During the first edition, I was also a bit nervous because it was the first time and I had a lot on my plate. But at the same time, I was equally confident with my team. I remember there was a power cut during the walk in the first edition and my model Vagya walked gracefully and completed her part. Even the spots of the photographers and videographers were not decided properly the first time. There was confusion with the hosting.
In the second edition, I considered all the flaws and it worked out better. The second edition had a limited crowd as well. The seating arrangement was also better managed the second time around.
Designer: Dawa Jangbu Sherpa
If you had to choose your favorite model and design from the show, who would it be?
Vagya Kachhapati and the The Little Black Dress by Anugraha
When are you planning the third edition for and what's it going to be like?
This time, this will be organized during late May. The venue will be different and this time it’s going to be a bit extra. Expect a lot of interesting things in the upcoming edition.