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  • Knights of Folk Music

    Girish Subedi

    Nepali folk band Night release their debut album. After numerous changes in their line-up, the band Night released their first album, ‘Ani Ukali, Sangai Orali, last month. Featuring ten songs, the album will also include two hit singles- ‘Kathor’ and ‘Tuina ko cha hai bhara,’ which have been

  • The Dhime girl

    Anutara Shakya

    Bhaktapur still holds a lot of secrets. One of the better kept ones is the story of Indira Lacchimasyu, the first female to play the dhime bajaa. Rarely do we come across people who are born to do what they do. These rare individuals have the ability to sweep

  • Resuscitating Lord Bhairav

    Girish Subedi

    Patan’s traditional prayers according to seasons  Majestic face and a divine body Aura that of the sun itself Coroneted with a crown of gold Crested with a ketaki flower These lines are part of a Newari traditional prayer dedicated to Lord Bhairav, regarded as a fierce manifestation of

  • Spreading like wildfire

    Ujeena Rana

    Darjeeling singer’s singles capture the imagination of Nepali music lovers in the mood for quality Nepali folk music What I have gathered from my e-mail and Facebook correspondence with Bipul Chettri is that he is not much of a talker. He mostly sends one-liner answers to a host of

  • Of strings and benevolence

    Suprasanna Aryal

    Sarod player Suresh Bajracharya talks about the instrument that established him as an up and coming musician. Underneath an evening sky, I sat down in Patan Museum courtyard with the other attendees for what promised to be an enchanting Sarod music show. The promise was lived up to. Listening to

  • The new folk

    utsav shakya

    Ithaca is a small town. In the winter, there’s really not much to do but to stay inside and work on things. For artists and musicians, it’s a good thing, allowing a seclusion that helps them focus on their work. For Diwas Gurung, the settings work. He has a

  • Sitar Hero

    Kshitiz Singh

    An effort to reintroduce the sitar to the world by building contemporary grooves beyond the norms of eastern classical styles Classical music has always been tagged as eccentric, mostly by those with little or no knowledge about it. In the present day global music scenario where western music has taken

  • Friday Night Live

    Kshitiz Singh

    A tour from one corner of Kathmandu to another looking for live music wouldn’t be much of a problem. Music enthusiasts will be amazed by the variance Kathmandu has got to provide besides traditional tunes. It wouldn’t be fair to not start off with the city’s tourist hub – Thamel.

  • A different musical experience

    Niraj Karki

    Wildly popular in Nepal, traditional-folk music group Kutumba are taking Nepali folk music to the world. An ensemble playing traditional folk Nepali instruments, Kutumba has reached audiences through Nepal. There are moments in concerts when really old classic Nepali songs are played – the reaction of the crowd, the atmosphere

  • A Love Letter to Nepal

    Utsav Shakya

    Diwas Gurung played lead guitar for Nepali alt rock band Albatross before leaving for the U.S. to pursue higher education. His strong riffs and classy solos powered Albatross’ thrash metal mayhem, introducing them as a band to keep an eye on in Kathmandu’s underground metal scene. Diwas Gurung plays