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Family of musicians enthrall Shaastriya Sudha audience


KATHMANDU: Continuing the series of Shaastriya Sudha, the Nepal Music Centre Theatre, Pinglasthan organised its 49th edition of Shaastriya Sudha on February 1 at the centre’s hall.

Sankalpa Verma, a 10-year, played tabala. Santosh Verma and Sujata Verma were there on stage to add colours in his beats. All these three musicians from the same family were there to enthrall everyone with their music. Sankalpa gave a solo performance by beating kayeda, rela, gat and layakari tukda on his tabala, while Sujata on the tanpura sang ghazals and filled the air with her melodious voice. Her two ghazalas Suru kaha, antya kaha and Mero priyatam nakhoja dherai prem yeha compelled the audience to remain silent during her rendition. Meanwhile, Santosh accompanied her on the harmonium.

Born into a musical family, Sankalpa started playing tabala at the age of five and he has been in complete guidance under his music teacher father Santosh. “I am a music teacher and as a teacher, I have seen the potential of learning music in my son. He has the ability to learn complex things in an easy way and I have seen his future in music. Besides, I want to give the best tabala player for the musical industry that’s why I have been training him,” said Santosh about Sankalpa.

“With an aim to promote Nepali music and teach students about classical music the centre has been organising the event first day of the Gregorian month,” explained Artistic Director Ghimire Yubaraj. —

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