KATHMANDU: A music video of the song of Nepal’s first animated feature film ShankhadharYaa Baakha (The Legend of Shankhadhar) — Dyo Hey was released simultaneously in Nepal, the UK and the USA.
As per a press release issued by the film’s director Sanyukta Shrestha, the music video was launched at Microsoft Innovation Centre, Kathmandu on August 7 by Sanyukta’s father Shambhu Shrestha in Nepal.
The animated film is a biopic on Shankhadhar Shakhwa — who started Nepal Samvat on October 20, 879 AD. And the music video is an animation work where a girl is dancing and singing the song Dyo Hey in Nepal Bhasa. She praises Shakhwa for his contributions in society in the song.
Bishwo Shashi and Ganga Thapa are the musicians of the song sung by Nisha Deshar. Sanyukta is the song’s lyricist, and the music video’s dance has been directed by Sunita Rajbhandari ‘Junu’.
At the event, culture expert Dr Satya Mohan Joshi highlighted the significance of the movie for Nepal and its cultural heritage, adds the release. He expressed that the film was a commendable attempt by a Nepali national currently living in the UK.
The Legend of Shankhadhar is written, produced and directed by Sanyukta. The animation team comprises of Sanyukta, Anjana Shrestha, Niyukta Shrestha, Bigyan Prajapati and Pranjal Kakshepati. Subhash Ram Prajapati and Sunita Junu are the linguistic consultants for Nepal Bhasha.
The movie is being made in Nepali and Nepal Bhasha with English subtitles, and is slated to be released on November.
A version of this article appears in print on August 09, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.