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. nepalnews.com ia June 28 08

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