Friday, December 26, 2008

INdian Idol goes to Nepal


Indo-Asian News Service, Friday, December 26, 2008 (Kathmandu)

A year after Prashant Tamang took India's entertainment industry by storm with his win in the popular television reality show Indian Idol, the 24-year-old police constable is now poised to become a matinee idol in Nepal.

The young man of Nepali origin, who owed much of his triumph to his wild fan following in this country, will now play himself in a biopic being made on his life, struggle and eventual victory.

The yet to be titled full-length feature film is the first venture of debutant director Dinesh Raj Sharma.

The script is by the Indian Idol himself and focuses on the artistic, mental and physical struggles he had to undergo to win a show that is watched by millions in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Middle East.

Besides Prashant, the other stars are Nepali film industry's most charismatic hero Rajesh Hamal, action hero Ramit Dhungana and sultry actress Jharana Thapa, who recently stirred a controversy with a media report about Bollywood baddie Shakti Kapoor "misbehaving" with her during shooting for another film in southern Nepal.

Most of the film will be shot in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Prashant was born in Tungsung village in Darjeeling district of India's West Bengal state.

He studied at St Robert's School in Darjeeling and after the death of his father Madan Tamang, who worked in West Bengal Police, joined the force where his singing talent came to the fore in the police orchestra.

Part of the film will also be shot in Nepal, where Prashant received a hero's welcome after winning the contest. Nepal's then prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala invited him to tea twice and his first concert in Kathmandu valley was sold out despite bad weather.

The shooting will start early February after Prashant, who won a Rs.10 million contract with Sony, is free to take up other commitments.

Prashant has already released an album in Nepali and has featured in a book on people who brought fame to Nepal.

He will sing his songs in the film as well besides another popular singer of Nepali origin, Bollywood celebrity Udit Narayan Jha, who was one of the Indian Idol judges.

Music for All

[By Media for Freedom]

Kathmandu, Nepal: Well known Spanish musician and theater artist NARF- Franciso Perez Vazquez and Juan Jose Ramos Hermo play the music with perfection

[By A CORRESPONDENT]

Among all European or western musical instruments and musical traditions, Spanish music has its separate fame and its distinct identity. The Spanish musical instruments and musical rhythm are very popular in the world.

This was what the Spanish duo showed in Nepal's capital Kathmandu recently. The music performed by two musicians is perfect combination of words and music. The rhythm was so perfect that every one enjoyed the show. Unlike other things, the music has no boundary and no language.

Everyone understands music. This was what Nepalese music lovers found in the recently organized Spanish Musical show in capital.

They won the hearts and mind of Nepalese audiences who were gathered to listen them.

"We are very fortunate to be able to present them in Nepal. They are here to share music from Spain," said musician duo. "We see many Nepalese music lovers enjoying our show."

After twenty years in music and being a member of different rock bands, Fran Perez, an artist involved for many years in the realm of music and theatre started the NARF project in 2004.

According to organizer, this project broke boundaries and became one of the most interesting musical adventures of the last decade in Gallcia (North Western Spain). It is the new identity of a restless musician, who explores rhythm and harmony, a modern and seductive music language for a musician who is impelled by feelings. NARF's first album, "Directo en Compsotela", was recorded with Marcos Teria (guitar) and Pepe Sendon (percussion and vibraphone).

During all these years the links of this musician with Portugal and Africa have been tightening. Participating in the festival "Tan de Festa" in Tandela (Portual) he met Cultural creators from Portugal and Portuguese – speaking African countries. It was there that his African adventure started. When he first arrived in Maputo (Mozammbique) he developed Bumba, a crossover with the Mazambican percussion group Timbila Muzimba. But then, he also recorded Quero Set tamber, a single with lyrics of the Mozambican poet Jose Caveirinha.

He had held concerts in London in three different occasions, performing at prestigious clubs where he captivated the audience with his music. He has also toured in Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Cuba getting impregnated with the rhythms from those countries.

He was awarded the 2nd prize in the Liet-Lavlut contest for musicians of Europe's minority languages, held in Ostersund ( Sweden) in 2006 for his song Santiago. An Unstoppable composition activity during the last year results in a collection of many new turns that, getting himself accompanied by great band, expand the acoustic dimension that has always identified this musician. NARF creates a new sound by adding percussion elements to electro-acoustic instruments, giving color to his original difficult to label style.

"NARF does never stop at a point and it always willing to show his new musical approach, as another manifestation of his unique style, with a scope on music in motion, based in his own roots and the mixing it up with rhythms from Cape Verde, Brazil, Mozambiaue and Cuba," said
organizer.

Source:Spotlight.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

December Paleti with Kiran Kharel


Paleti, a micro event series held on last Fridays of each month at nepa~laya's 'r'-sala, is completing its fourth successive year this December.
December Paleti will feature stalwart lyricist Kiran Kharel, who is synonymous to Nepali modern songs.

"He has enriched Nepali modern music with evergreen classics like, "Timro Maya Patthar Ko Jhukkyaune Roop Jasto", "Himala Ko Kakh Ma Cha Saano Mero Gaun", "Tara Matrai Hoina Timi Lai", "Sunaula Gham Jhulkena", "Ae Door Ka Sitara" and "Ko Kasko Ho" to name a few," Paleti said in a press release.

"Kharel's songs have been largely responsible to shape up the musical personality of many established singers," the release added. "He has penned lyrics for the veterans of yesteryears as well as talents of recent generation from Ambar Gurung, Premdhoj, Manik Ratna, Tara Devi, Narayan Gopal, Shiva Shanker, Dhruba KC and Usha Mangeshkar."

"It is our pleasure to be able to present Kiran dai in Paleti. It was a difficult task for us to finalize 16 songs from his uncountable gems." Coordinator of Paleti Aavaas said.

Suraj and Meena will be rendering their voice to the classics sung by yesteryear veterans, according to the organizers.
Source -- nepalnews Dec 25 08

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12th Hits FM Award Winners

1. BEST NEW ARTIST
1. Dawa Gurung (Winner)
2. Radha Rai
3. Shashi Rawal
4. Sunil Ranabhat
5. Vedh

2.
BEST POP COMPOSITION
1. 1 MB - School Paathshala (Winner)
2. Dipesh Kishore Bhattarai - Timro Saatha
3. Kali Prasad Baskota - Chahana Sakiyo
4. Nhyoo Bajracharya - Aayo Hai Aayo
5. Rakesh Khaling - Malai Bachana Deu

3.
BEST ROCK COMPOSITION
1. Dibesh Mulmi - Timro Jasto
2. Mukti & Revival - Jaba Ma Samjhanchu (Winner)
3. Naren Limbu - Antim Maya
4. Swapnil - Timro Mann
5. Vedh - Samikshya Garaun

4.
BEST COMPOSITION
1. Dipesh Kishore Bhattarai - Timro Saatha
2. Karna Das - Kehi Paal
3. Ramesh Gurung - Mero Maya
4. Saran Chhinam - Batuwa (Winner)
5. Shambujit Baskota - Timro Aankha Bhari

5.
BEST ARRANGEMENT
1. Fanindra Rai - Batuwa (Winner)
2. Maharaj Thapa - Timro Saatha
3. Norbu Sherpa - Kehi Paal
4. Norbu Sherpa - Timro Aankha Bhari
5. Ramesh Gurung - Mero Maya

6.
FOLK RECORD OF THE YEAR
1. Bima Kumari Dura - Chaati Charkyo Khabar Sunera (Winner)
2. Dev Gurung - Bikam Baarulau
3. Raju Pariyar & Bishnu Maajhi - Saathi Khojdai Chhu
4. Rekha Shah & Madhav Bhandari - Basyo Yo Dil
5. Shukra Raj Limbu & Manu Nembang - Dhaanai Nachau Soalteeni

7.
FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
1. Bima Kumari Dura - Bilauna
2. Bimal Dangi - Bhagya Phutyo Aaena Phute Jhain (Winner)
3. Mahesh Budathoki - Bhutukkai Banaayo
4. Raj Rai - Soalteeni Maya Saatauna
5. Shukra Raj Limbu - Dhaanai Nachau Soalteeni

8.
BEST SONG ORIGINALLY RECORDED FOR A MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
1. 1974 A.D. - Kaag beni
2. Alok Shree - Timi Phulai Phulko
3. Mahesh Khadka - Roop Ki Rani
4. Shambujit Baskota - Ma Timi Bina Marihaalchu
5. Suresh Adhikari - Phulko Dali (Winner)

9.
BEST VOCAL COLLABORATION
1. Narendra Pyasi / Anjana Gurung - Shirai Phula Shirma
2. Prashna Shakya / Vishan Mukarung - Paari Pakha Ghaam
3. Ram Bhakta / Itu Jojiju - Tyo Kahilay Ghaam (Winner)
4. Ruby Joshi / Sapana Shree - Dobato
5. Sunita Subba / Ramesh Gurung - Aau Aaja Hami


10.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A GROUP OR DUO WITH VOCAL
1. Abhaya & The Steam Injuns - Malai Pani Hasna Deu
2. Karma - Mero Desh
3. Mukti & Revival - Jaba Ma Samjhanchu (Winner)
4. Neiipal - Maile Bolne
5. Vedh - Samikshya Garaun

11.
BEST ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
1. Dibya Subba - Timro Mann
2. Karma - Yaani Maya
3. Mukti & Revival - Jaba Ma Samjhanchu (Winner)
4. Rajani Dangol - Timro Jasto
5. Vedh - Samiksya Garaun

12.
BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
1. Bidya Bangdel - Malai Bachana Deu
2. Mausami Gurung - Chorera Lagyo
3. Pratima Rajbhandari - Aayo Hai Aayo (Winner)
4. Shashi Rawal - Chahana Sakiyo
5. Suniti Adhikari - Hara Raat Mera

13.
BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
1. Deepak Limbu - Mero Mannko
2. Dipesh Kishore Bhattarai - Timro Saatha
3. Sugam Pokharel - School Pathshala (Winner)
4. Sunil Ranabhat - Malai Bhulyauki
5. Tsujil Karmacharya - Bhumo

14.
BEST FEMALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE
1. Kunti Moktan - Juwari Kotko (Winner)
2. Manila Sotang - Adhuro Yo
3. Pratima Rajbhandari - Makhamali
4. Radha Rai - Khopi Rakhaula
5. Sunita Subba - Mero Maya

15.
BEST MALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE
1. Gurudev Kamat - Hajuri Chadkay
2. Jagdish Samal - Dukha Sukha
3. Karna Das - Kehi Paal (Winner)
4. Narendra Pyasi - Timi Binako Jeevan
5. Rajesh Payal Rai - Batuwa

16.
POP / ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
1. Karma - Karma
2. Mukti & Revival - Dekhdaichu Ma (Winner)
3. Shashi Rawal - Entrance
4. Sugam Pokharel - School Pathshala
5. Tsujil Karmacharya - Bhumo

17.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
1. Karma - Karma
2. Karna Das - Preet
3. Kunti Moktan - Manko Sapana (Winner)
4. Mukti & Revival - Dekhdai Chu ma
5. Sunita Subba - Antaranga

18.
SONG OF THE YEAR
1. Anand Adhikari - Timi Binako Jeevan
2. Bhupal Rai - Khopi Rakhaula
3. Dinesh Adhikari - Nirdosh Chu Aafu
4. Durga Lal Shrestha - Huncha Malai Bihana
5. Saran Chhinam - Batuwa (Winner)

19.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
1. Rajesh Payal Rai - Batuwa
2. Karna Das - Kehi Pal
3. Sunita Subba - Mero Maya
4. Narendra Pyasi - Timi Binako Jeevan (Winner)
5. Dipesh Kishore Bhattarai - Timro Saatha
20. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Bhajan Shiromani Bhakta Raj Acharya

Monday, December 1, 2008

International Folk Music Festival


Nepal Music Centre hosted the International Folk Music Festival 2008 from 5 to 8 November. Elaborately costumed performers from the participating countries such as Norway, Sounth Africa, Malawi, Palestine, India and Nepal paraded around the venue in their ethnic music reminding people of an actual Olympic opening ceremony. Concerts were organised at various venues and workshops were also held as part of the event. Around 150 participants from six different countries took part in the program which was organised to mark 100 years of music recording in Nepal and also 25 years of commercialisation of Nepali music through Music Nepal.

Source : wavemag