Nepal | July 05, 2020

Are Nepali musicians ready to rule the world?

Jessica Rai
Share Now:

KATHMANDU: There is no dearth of talent in Nepal when it comes to music. Some have carved a niche for themselves on the international stage but most are limited to the local stage. But there is one name — Dibesh Pokharel AKA Arthur Gunn — that has put Nepal on the world music map.

Pokharel was able to impress the world with his musicianship and was declared the runner-up in the 2020 American Idol. With his win he has given hope to Nepali musicians with the same calibre or more as to the height one can reach. So, are Nepali musicians ready to take on the world?

“Any musician with skill and talent of any country can take on the world,” shares renowned Nepali sarangi player Shyam Nepali who is teaching sarangi at Harvard University. “Language can create a barrier but music unites people despite the differences in language. In the US, many have never met or heard of anyone from Nepal. Dibesh sang American songs on American Idol. His musicianship and performance skill, relating to the audience made him rise to the top, and this helped to give Nepal some spotlight outside Nepali community making all Nepalis proud.”

FILE: Sarangi player Shyam Nepali.

Flautist Manose Singh, the first Nepali to be nominated for Grammys, is proud of Pokharel and his hard work. “In that sense, we have taken on the global stage,” says Singh who believes that music is the heartbeat of the world, not any lockdown can stop the magic of music. However, he has doubts if we will have a long-term influence on the world stage “unless we bring our own ethnic influences in the music we share”.

Nepali shares that he is doing exactly that. He feels that the new generation, born in countries outside Nepal who are fully bicultural and bilingual, will be able to relate to the cultures outside Nepal, to translate our music that seems so foreign to non-Nepali audiences.

“For this reason, I strongly feel Nepali music must be taught, so that it is not forgotten and lost as new generations being born abroad become assimilated into other cultures.”


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Locusts devour crops on 1,100 hectares

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Desert locusts have damaged crops cultivated on 1,100 hectares of land across the country. According to the Locusts Information Centre, eight districts have reported damage caused by locusts till date. Of them, Dang is the worst hit and Palpa the least. The locusts devoure Read More...

World Bank elevates Nepal to ‘lower middle income economy’

Country saw its GNI per capita rise to $1,090 in 2019, but economists says it doesn’t mean much in terms of development KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Nepal is now officially a lower-middle income country, an upgrade from its previous status as low income nation, according to the World Bank’s latest coun Read More...

Kailali's Bhajani Municipality, Joshipur Rural Municipality inundated

KAILALI, JULY 3 Bhajani and Joshipur of Kailali have been inundated after floodwaters gushed into the settlements. According to eyewitnesses, many houses in Wards 2, 3, 6 and 8 of Bhajani Municipality have been inundated. Local Ganga Chaudhary said floodwaters from local Kandra and Kadha ri Read More...

Ministry develops guidelines for rehab centres

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has developed guidelines for operation of rehabilitation centres to ensure that vulnerable persons at the centres do not contract COVID-19. MoWCSC said the new guidelines would be effective until Nepal was declared coronavir Read More...

Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Paudel

Country pushed into crisis: Paudel

DAMAULI, JULY 3 Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel said sudden prorogation of the Parliament was unfortunate for the nation. “At a time when the nation is fighting a deadly disease, the decision to prorogue the Parliament has pushed the country further into the crisis,” said t Read More...

Holding centre in Khotang

KHOTANG, JULY 3 A 10-bed holding centre has been established in Diktel, the district headquarters of Khotang, for returnees. According to Chief District Officer and District COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre coordinator Shaligram Sharma Poudel, Nepali Army personnel and Red Cross staff jointly Read More...

Visit Nepal 2020 mascot, yeti

Former Visit Nepal secretariat seeks more budget from Tourism Ministry

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Even after the government has scrapped the secretariat of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, the secretariat has submitted more unpaid bills to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Addressing a press meet today to unveil the ministry’s work progress dur Read More...

ADB country chief Kenichi Yokohama inspects Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini

Tourism infrastructure development continues

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Although the country is in a lockdown, infrastructure development activities under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) have continued. Organising a press meet today, Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai unveiled the progress report of infrastructure deve Read More...