Monday, June 30, 2008

Music for All

Music for All (by mediaforfreedom)

Although the political situation in the country was gloomy and the roads were empty because of strikes called by transport entrepreneurs, the music lovers of Nepal in large number turned up to enjoy different music events held to mark the international music day.

Organized by Alliance Francise with the support from Tuborg, the music event drew a large number of people of different ages who enjoyed it with great enthusiasm and excitement.

From traditional Nepalese music to modern and western music instruments, the event focussed on various genres.

Focusing on traditional and classical music, a concert was held at Yala Maya Kendra to let established artists entertain the audiences. Some upcoming musicians also presented their talents at the program.

Managed by International Music Society Nepal, the program was almost jam-packed as the audience from various walks of life and all ages were there to listen to the soft sound of tabala, flute, and sitar.

As usual, Maila Dangol performed the music of Jal Taranga and Homanath Upadhyaya's Madal Tarang also thrilled the audience.

Beside that, there were also the fusion performance presented by different Nepalese artists and bands.

One of the prominent Nepalese music bands of the generation led by Brahamananaad and Robin Das from Do Re Me institute also presented fusion of western and eastern music.

A fairly good crowd gathered in Durbar Marg where various Nepalese bands and music groups showed their talents. Despite the onset of the monsoon, the sky remained calm and the concert which started at 2 pm concluded in the late evening.

From young couples to teenagers and families, there were all kinds of people who came to enjoy the concert. The music bands like The String, Shanon Scam, mukut, Shadows, Looza, Devya Bluc Acidtz, Emergency, Antim Grahan and others played hard hitting music for all.

Likewise, presented by young children of Gurukul, the music by the children won the hearts and minds of a large number of youths present at the crowd. These young children proved that they have talent. The children of Atul Smriti Pratisthan presented their talent on Tabla. The young kids including Ragini Mishra, Sulochana Gautam, Ayan Gautam, Sugama Gautam, Rishab Mahanu, Pranab Pudasaini and Prayag Mishra displayed their talents in Tabala. Similarly, Ritesh Chandra Regmi presented the Sitar Vadan. Safal Khanal showed his performance in Tabla Sabin Shakya in flute and Niraj Shakya in Tabla.

For many Nepalis, music is for everything and they love music. This is what one could see in the faces of large numbers of music lover gathered in the Durbar Marg. Although the political agenda is dominating the country, people have shown that there is something beyond that which can lure minds and hearts of the people.

Unlike other programs, there is no divisions of the people and every one is listening and speaking similar topics that is their love and affections to musicians. The message of overwhelming crowed is clear there is something beyond politics and other things in day to day life.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Meera Thapa stuns music lovers at Paleti

A graduate in classical music, Meera Thapa from Digboi, Assam (India), captivated the audience at 'r' sala Paleti on 27 June, Friday evening, with songs of veteran lyricist Hari Bhakta Katuwal.

All songs were penned when Katuwal was in Assam. Those unheard gems were the major attraction.

Meera Thapa started from "Yo desh ko maato", a patriotic number. Her trained vocals mingled with Bengali melody created a rapport with the audience from the beginning. She continued with "Kasle mero baatoma", "Pahad jasto man bhitra", "Timi mero ankha ma", "Yo sheesha ko jindagi" and "Bolnechha koilee" to name a few. She also presented a Bengali and Assamese number which created a different ambience in 'r' sala.

"I was apprehensive since it was my first ever solo performance. But the tremendous affection and response from the audience made me feel at ease. I felt I was singing amongst my family members", a statement by the organiser quoted a jubilant 53 year old Meera as saying after the show.

Although Meera Thapa is a relatively unknown name in Nepal, all the tickets were sold in advance. The coordinator of Paleti, Aavaas said, "It feels good to see - our attempt to re-introduce Nepali adhunik music gaining support from music lovers. Our main aim has always been to present artistes within and beyond borders, who have contributed towards Nepali contemporary music."

Nepa~laya has been organizing the Paleti series every last Friday of the Gregorian calendar at its mini theatre 'r' sala since 2005. ia June 28 08

Image Award Honors Various Artists

The 10th Annual Tuborg Image Award was held at open theater-Tundikhel on Saturday with awards in 25 different categories and song and dance performances by various artistes.

Veteran singer Yogesh Vaidya and lyricist Kiran Kharel were honored (see photo) with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award and the program also paid tribute to them with their songs.image-award.jpg

Also, Dr Sanduk Ruit received the Image National Personality of the Year award, a new category introduced this year to honor the contributions by personalities from different fields.

Swaroop Raj Acharya won the Best Vocal Performance Male award for his song E Bottle while Radha Rai won the same in the female category for Khopi Rakhaunla.

Reshma Sunuwar's “Mai Thuli Bhaichhu Re” bagged the Best Album of the Year award, while Best Song of the Year went to Supari Dana by Karma Band. Dawa Gurung, meanwhile, was this year's Best New Artiste for his song, Bhandina Ma.

Tsujil Karmacharya for Bhumo and Shashi Rawal for Chahana Sakiyo won the Best Vocal Performance Pop awards in the male and female categories respectively. Best Vocal Performance Rock went to Naren Limbu for Antim Maya, while Neiipal band won the Best Vocal Performance Group award for Maile Bolne.

Yogendra Mani Dahal's Timro Saath was adjudged the Best Lyrics, Raju Singh won the Best Music Composition award for Ma Ramro Ra Naramro, and Samir Manandhar got the Best Music Arrangement award for Rumal Lukaai. The Best Song Recording award went to Maheshwor Rajbhandari for Champa.

The award for Best Song with National Feeling went to Shanti Lukaaun Kahan penned by Basanta Chaudhari and composed by Nhyoo Bajracharya. Likewise, Ganesh Neupane's Kanchenjungha Shir won Best Folk Song, Purushottam Neupane's and Laxmi Neupane's Poorvama Jhyaal Rakhen won Best Dohori Song while Suresh Adhikari won the Best Movie Soundtrack award for Timro Laagi.

In other categories, Jeevan Pasa by Suman Kapali and Nisha Desar won the Song of the Year award in Nepal Bhasha, while the same award went to Gyan Singh Waiwa's Ladamone in Tamang language and to Prem Safal by Prabal Deep Bishwas and Sunira Chaudhari in Maithili language.

In the music video section, Asif Shah's Hunchha Malai Bihan won the Best Music Video award, while Gajalule fetched the best director and cameraman awards to Suraj Shrestha and Purushottam Pradhan respectively. Prakash Tuladhar won the best editor award for Mai Thuli Bhaichhu Re while Bishwadeep walked away with the award for special effects for Timilai Chhune.

The awards function that began with a group performance of Shanti Lukaaun Kahan, also had solo performances by artistes like Reema Gurung, Tsujil Karmacharya, Mingma Sherpa and Mausami Gurung as well as folk dances.

The program was attended by many veterans like Prem Dhoj Pradhan and Deep Shrestha, though the absence of some new generation artistes could be felt, said the organizers.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

It's the turn of Assam based Nepali to perform at Paleti

Meera Thapa, an active music artiste from Digboi, Assam has arrived in Kathmandu to perform in nepa~laya's monthly musical concert Paleti scheduled for June 27.

Meera Thapa was raised in a musical atmosphere as her father Lila Ram Rana was a singer in Guwahati Radio. She was exposed to Rabindra Sangeet and started singing Hindi and Assamese songs as well. Later on she graduated in classical singing.

Haribhakta Katuwal and Bhabilal Lamichhane inspired her to take up Nepali contemporary music. Principal of Jarda Primary School in Guwahati, Meera teaches Nepali and Bengali. She has been active for the promotion of Nepali music in Assam and surrounding areas.

Meera says she is excited to perform at the Paleti adding, "I feel that I have been rewarded today for learning music from early childhood."

She will be singing some unheard songs penned by Hari Bhakta Katuwal, which will be a pleasant attraction of this Paleti, organisers say. ia June 22 08

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mini theater in Kathmandu Durbar Square

With the aim of attracting tourists and promoting Nepali culture and history, authorities have mooted the idea of setting up mini theater in Hanumandhoka durbar region.

Hanumandhoka Durbar Conservation and Promotion Committee has decided to set up a mini theater to show documentaries on historic art/culture, festivals and shrines/temples.

“After setting up the theater, tourists will get an opportunity every evening to learn about different aspects of Nepali culture. They will get both information and entertainment through documentaries on Indra Jatra, Machhindra Jatra, Gai Jatra, Dashain, and Tihar festivals and so on,” Nabindra Raj Joshi, Constituent Assembly (CA) member and chief of the committee told Kantipur.

The committee has also made a number of decisions to intensify cleanliness campaign in and around Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is listed as World Heritage Site.

“Although it is a palace of former King, we want to conserve it because it is also a symbol of our culture. We want to promote both our culture and tourism,” Joshi said. sd Jun 18 08