Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, March 10:
Gandharva and Prastar are the two other Nepali bands playing at the Jazzmandu Festival starting on March 11. The other one was Cadenza â€” the band who introduced Jazz festival in Nepal.Gandharva (Samundra): This band consists of five gandharvas â€” bandleader Sanu Kancha Gandharva, Buddha Gandharva, Ram Krishna Gandharva, Samsher Gandharva and Arjun Gandharva. They will be adding a traditional touch to the event with their sarangis and classical ragas.
Recently they released their album â€˜Samundra Bandâ€™ which is available in two parts. Sanu Kancha runs the Gandharva Culture and Art Organisation in Thamel. He hopes to keep the gandharva traditions alive and popular. They are self-supported organisation carving sarangis and selling them to tourists to raise funds and teaching the sarangi.
Prastar: Hom Nath Upadhyaya and his six-member group Prastar throw together classical ragas and folk tunes, producing a very precise rhythmic variety that they simply term â€œfusionâ€. Their instruments are madal, sarangi, bamboo flute, tabala and santoor.
The music is the result of Hom Nathâ€™s labour of love: the music he composes comes from the rare collection of ragas and folk tunes he has accumulated over 15 years of exploring and research. During his many years as a teacher at Tribhuvan University Fine Arts Campus, he wanted to offer something new and refreshing to the students. They developed a technique where the band begins with a classical song then things pick up with a Nepali song or rhythm and finish with something fast.