Nepal to take part in international wind instrument festival

KATHMANDU, June 3: The Charumati Buddhist Mission Nepal is all set to represent Nepal in the Gyeongju World Traditional Wind Instrument Festival – 2017 being held in South Korea's Gyeongju City from June 9 to 11. Musical instruments from 30 different countries will be showcased during the festival being held by South Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do and Gyeongju City. At a press confe...

Music video resonating Nepal’s diverse topography and culture released

KATHMANDU, May 31: A promotional music video showcasing Nepal's pristine landscapes and the cultural heritage sites has been launched with a prime objective to promote Nepal's tourism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abfQrICXtE8 The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) released the song 'Chahara – ma' last week to promote tourism in Nepal. The song can be viewed by following the link 'https://www.youtu...

Nepal’s most popular Buddhist nun is a musical superstar

KATHMANDU:  There is one Buddhist nun everyone in Nepal knows by name — not because she's a religious icon and a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, nor for her work running a girl's school and a hospital for kidney patients. Ani Choying Drolma is famous as one of the country's biggest pop stars. With more than 12 albums of melodious Nepali tunes and Tibetan hymns that highlight themes of peace ...

Nepathya to mark its Silve Jubilee

KATHMANDU: Nepali folk rock band Nepathya has decided to dedicate this year to the theme ‘Celebrating 25 years of Nepathya’ as it enters the silver jubilee year of its formation. Initially formed as a boy band by three Pokhara boys in the early 90s with an aim to share Pokhareli tunes, Nepathya has now made its name as a premier folk-rock band. “All Nepathya activities during the coming ...

Research on music, drama and dance kicks off

SALYAN: A research on music, drama and dance has been launched in all ten districts of Province no 6 with an aim to give continuity to the art forms. Drama and Music Academy's Academician, Pabitra Gharti Magar, spoke of the necessity for converting the diversity found in the music and arts of the districts into words. "Due to various reasons our traditional culture is facing a danger of ...

Dapha festival begins

LALITPUR: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today said that the diverse cultures of a nation is its identity and the ‘most important property’ of the state. She also said, “The protection of a country’s cultures and traditions is the responsibility of not only the state, but also of every citizen.” Speaking at the inauguration of the Nepal Mandal Dapha festival 1136 (Nepal Sambat) organised by the...

2nd Naumati Panche Baja Fair from November 16

KATHMANDU: The 2nd Rastriya Naumati Panche Baja Cultural Fair-2073 is set to take place in the Capital from coming November 16 to 17. To be organised jointly by the Nepal Naumati Panchai Baja Pratisthan (NNPBP) and Cultural Corporation (Rastriya Nachghar), the fair aims to preserve and promote Naumati Panchai Baja (traditional Nepali musical instruments), said NNPBP General Secretary DB Nepali....

Newari Music

Traditional Newar music consists of sacred music, devotional songs, seasonal songs, ballads and folk songs Common percussion instruments consist of the dhima,khin, naykhin and dhaa. Wind instruments include the bansuri (flute), payntah (long trumpet) and mwahali (short trumpet). Chhusya, bhusya and taa (cymbals) and gongs are other popular instruments. String instruments are very rare. Musical ba...

Naumati Baajaa: A signifier of Nepali culture

KATHMANDU:Music is like a magnet. When I hear some music, it attracts me in such a way that I begin singing silently along with its ebb and flow. When it’s the typical Nepali folk music of the Naumati Baajaa, I cannot control myself. I need to dance. Naumati Baajaa is fundamental to Nepalese culture and is famous throughout the country, particularly in the hills. I remember listening to Naumat...

A Sign Of Opulence

Music, an art lies in the soul. Has no languages but touches the heart of every individual. The culture of Nepal includes varieties of music from birth to death including marriage, festivals and different national and ethnic events. Hence various songs, musical instruments and other different forms of art are connected with multidimensional cultural and social life of Nepalese and considered as a ...