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Contemporizing Nepali folk music

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Artmandu, a group of art-lovers, organized an event entitled Language of the Roots at Sarwanam Theatre, Kathmandu on Monday, August 14. Ma: and Cycle, the two amazing musical ensembles from Kathmandu University performed their original compositions.

Ma: played five songs and Cycle played two instrumentals to portray stories and cultural taste of different parts of the country. They played the traditional instruments like Dha, Nagara, Sarangi, Sitar, Dhimey, Mwali'n, Murchunga, Flute, Tungna, Sound effects and fused these root elements with some western instruments like guitar and trumpet.

The songs performed by Ma: were inspired deeply by Nepali culture, lifestyle and real-life events whilst Cycle focused on contemporizing traditional Newar and Damai instruments. The music they played sounded more like an orchestra playing a score for a big screen movie.

The event was successful in “touching the roots”, as they say in their motto.

Artmandu is a group of art-lovers who came together to make a difference in audiences' perception of art. In a longer run, Artmandu aims at delving further into alternative genres of music, storytelling through poetic experiments in music and other forms of art.

"We have started our venture into defining Nepali art through music," said Nabin Chauhan, Chairperson of Artmandu. "We will gradually extend our wings to theatre and movies as well."

Photos:  Yogesh Maharjan/ Repeace Maharjan

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:08 )