Jazzmandu begins today

KATHMANDU: The time musical festival that music aficionados of the Capital look forward to all the year long is here. On October 11 the Surya Classic Jazzmandu 2006 presented by Upstairs Ideas will kick off with the Upstairs Jam. Surya Classic is a premium cigarette brand from Surya Nepal. Musicians from all over the world bringing in their own flavour of music have flocked to the City. You’ll find our own music makers sharing centre stage with those from Canada, Europe, Australia, Venezuela among others. And among the Nepali groups showcasing their talent is none other than Sukarma. The band’s mission is to popularise Nepali folk and classical music.

The group originally consisted of three permanent members — Dr Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi, Shyam Sharan Nepali and Atul Prasad Gautam. Together the trio created magic and travelled extensively in US, Switzerland, England, France, Kyrgyzstan, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Japan. However, Gautam’s sudden left the group searching for a new talent, which they found in Pramod Upadhyaya. Dr Regmi (sitar) is a passionate musician who is also the first PhD in Music in Nepal. He started learning with his father Pt Satish Chandra Regmi, and later with renowned sitar maestro Pt Uma Shanker Mishra of Delhi. He was won many awards and is a lecturer at the Padma Kanya Multiple Campus, Nepal.

Shyam Nepali (sarangi) started playing sarangi at the age of eight with his grandfather Magar Gaine, and father Ramsharan Nepali. He made his first public appearance at a musical competition held at the Royal Nepal Academy at the age of 15. His sarangi playing reflects the typical Nepali style, which is remarkably very soft, melodious and touching. Pramod Upadhyaya (percussionist) is a well known versatile musician, and his talent accentuated by his mastery on tabla and singing.