HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal has a folk music repertoire to be really proud of. Deuda is one that belongs to the Far Western region of Nepal. In today’s age, many may not be aware about Deuda, while some have a slight idea about this music.
As today’s catastrophe, “Deuda is limited to the area where it originated though people are aware about this music,” said Ram Krishna Duwal, who insisted on the preservation of this folk music at a seminar held on July 5 at the City Hall, Exhibition Road.
Duwal is Chief of the Traditional And Classical Music Department of Nepal Academy Of Music And Drama (NAMUDA), which had organised the event. Perhaps the effort at preservation of Deuda has hopefully started with this seminar entitled ‘Prachin Sanskritik Deuda Ra Vikashkram’.
In the event Deuda singer Nanda Krishna Joshi presented paper on how this folk music commenced from the jungles and how it has entered cities now.
“Deuda is a song as well as culture. And it expresses one’s emotions that include sorrow, happiness, love and tragedy,” he mentioned. Along with other artistes, he also sang Deuda (like Dohori) and and danced. This music usually resounds in the festivals, melas and celebrations. It is the conversation sung between females and males, or males against males, or between females.