Sonam Tamang, 25, born in Dhading 100 km west of Kathmandu, grew up in Bungamati in the Lalitpur district. From childhood he had a passion for art and craftsmanship. He used to see that Thanka, a Tibetan Buddhist painting and had a deep desire to learn. Most of his friends are from the Newar community and are familiar with their culture, food and jatra. He has worked as a porter for 20 years and people from his field suggested to take up tour guide training.