Mukti rocks against violence

Kathmandu:

On the afternoon of January 3 a huge crowd of music loving youth had gathered outside the Fun Park, Bhrikuti Mandap for the concert by the Mukti and Revival. Rock music fan could ask for no better celebration of the brand New Year other than the concert by their favourite band. Scattered all over the ground, the crowd patiently waited for the blues man

to come on stage. Basking

in the winter sun, thankfully brighter today and relishing on the steamy hot momos and stick foods, the wait

was enjoyable.

The event dedicated to ‘Youth Against Violence’ also collected hundreds of signatures from those gathered against tyre burnings and unnecessary traffic jams for every other reason.

The concert started with the well known band Vhumi performing some of their original numbers like Dharani, Stoned hunter, Bhariya and Prelude in ‘E’, which were well received. By the time Hari Maharjan Project came on stage with Hari Maharjan on guitar, Rizu Tuladhar on bass and students of Nepal Music Centre Daniel on drums, the crowd was already on its feet. Their musical pieces kept the crowd under trance and Chyante ghoda received the loudest cheer.

While the crowd kept screaming for Mukti Shakya, the star performer of the day was kept for the final performance. Next on the stage was the band Shadows, which without doubt made the crowd head bang and sing along to their hits like Hinde manche lad cha and Ma hun prakriti. Though the setting sun made the environment a bit colder, all the jumping and head banging kept everyone warm. It was Robin and The New Revolution who successfully pulled the crowd closer to the stage. Frontman Robin Tamang with his quick wit and interactive stage presence made the performance entertaining as always. Sipping his ever popular “apple juice”, Tamang belted out his all time hits Nepal, Keta keti and Dum maro among others, while the enthusiastic crowd sang along.

Then Mukti coaxed the crowd to sing along and the audience reciprocated with equal zeal. Urging all to make Nepal a peaceful nation and saying that it’s up to “the youth to make the changes”, the band performed their greatest hits. Wishing everyone a happy New Year the band started with Shiva anthem. Along with Dekh dai chu ma from their latest album, the band performed some of the popular numbers from their old and new albums.

The event was organised by Muse, Youth Initiative and national Youth Service.