A nun and an international pop star—how do you balance the two roles?
I try not to think about it. I am who I am and I enjoy what I do. The fact that it makes people happy keeps me going.
What was your childhood like?
In Nepal, as a girl, you’re expected to bow to the patriarchal system. Although I attended school, a future of marriage and housework beckoned. I became a nun to escape this life.
How was your experience at the Nagi Gompa nunnery?
It was paradise. For the first time, I was allowed to be a child and given the love and kindness I deserved.
Why did you popularise your music?
It was unplanned. American guitarist Steve Tibbetts came up with the idea and I thought it was a great chance to steer my projects.
What message do you want to convey through music?
We’re too competitive and pressurised these days. Through my music, I want to help people realise their spiritual...