Kathmandu: A pure classical flute recital titled Joge was performed by Durga Prasad Khatiwada at the starting of the programmes, and the audience were swayed by the sounds within a minute the tune was played. It was soft to listen to and perfect while viewing, with Khatiwada’s gracious style of reciting. Sastriya Sudha, an event organised by Nepal Music Centre on 15the of every Nepali month started with a huge round of applause from audience. Eastern classical artistes classy style of playing their unique instrumental pieces managed to keep audience enthralled almost for one and a half-hours. Along with Khatiwada, Jivan Rai supported the musical aroma with his tabala and Nepal Sangeet Vidyalaya’s (NSV) student Bishnu BK also accompanied them playing the flute. Among other artistes Satya Upadhyaya performed at the event playing tanpura.
“When it comes to classical music, people tend to have an idea that it is being played only in India within South-Asia. In order to make people aware that we can also play eastern classical music with a gracious touch we Nepal Music Centre (NMC) organise Sastriya Sudha, 15th of every Nepali month”, said event manager Jason Kunwar adding, “In our music school we promote eastern classical music amongst younger generation who come here to learn music.” Khatiwada, who has shown his talent in Norway, Germany, Delhi, Aghara, Denmark and many other countries said, “We played eastern classical with a fusion of our own Nepali folk tunes, with a view to encourage people and students of NMC to create unique pieces with a blend of our own typical touch.” The programme wrapped up with instrumental Thumri, a blend of Nepali folk music and eastern classical touch created on stage after audience could not get enough of this musical treat and requested the talented artistes to play for another five minutes.