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The rhythm of life : Music has always been an escape and place of happiness for young tabla player Sudhir Acharya. He talks about his life path and how he ended up at a jazz conservatory, by Ayse Turcan (kp 13/11/2023)

Keeping the Deuda tradition alive : Niruta Khatri pursued her passion for Deuda music and is working to revitalise the fading art form. She had to overcome a challenging upbringing and family doubts to do so, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 29/10/2023)

Teej songs veer off traditional cultural norms : Various artists from Lumbini Province shed light on the evolution of Nepali folk music—particularly Teej songs—and the challenges they navigate to maintain the authenticity of the genre, by Sanju Paudel (kp 18/09/2023)

Songs from Chomolungma : Sherpa folk music predate climate change in sanctifying protection of the mountain environment, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 08/09/2023)

‘Folk music is the soul of Nepal’s agrarian history’ : Kamali Kanta Bhetuwal’s song ‘Jhamke Guleli’ struck a chord with many because of its purbeli tone, accompanied by earnest and imaginative lyrics, by Urza Acharya (kp 28/08/2023)

Preserving tunes and melodies for the posterity : Started in 2021, Nepal Music Archive aims to digitise the whole of Nepal’s music scene—songs, album covers, and articles—some dating as far as the 1950s, by Anweiti Upadhyay (kp 19/08/2023)

Harmonies of Nepal: Sur Sudha and power of Nepali classical music : Sur Sudha has played a crucial role in promoting cultural diplomacy through cross-cultural understanding and dialogue, by Basu Gautam (ae 18/08/2023)

A symphony of folk music : At ‘Echoes in the Valley’ music festival, the unnoticed, unrecognised, and underrepresented voices find a platform, by Sarah Shamim and Mimamsha Dhungel (kp 21/03/2023)

The economics of Teej songs : With dozens of new releases every year, Teej songs have solidified themselves as a lucrative genre, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 23/08/2022)

Keeping alive Newa musical art forms : Once barred from participating in traditional Newa musical art forms, women are now playing a key role in preserving the heritage, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 24/03/2022)

Going back to the roots : Singer and researcher Jhuma Limbu has made it her life’s mission to make Nepal’s indigenous music known to the world, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 03/02/2022)

Traditional bands aided to indigenous communities (kh 31/01/2022)

Keeping the dapha alive : By opening up traditional art forms to women and other castes, young musicians are making certain musical heritage like the dapha, believed to be the oldest form of bhajan in Nepal, will live on, by Aishwarya Baidar (rec 09/12/2021)

How a Newa tune became synonymous with Dashain : Believed to have originated in the 16th century, the Malshree dhun has become a part of Nepali cultural heritage symbolising the festivities and joys of Dashain. by Ankit Khadgi (kp 12/10/2021)

Traditional Musical Instruments Are Now Overshadowed: Kuber Rai (rn 02/10/2021)

The birth and life of Nepal’s most iconic revolutionary song : Once anathema to the regime, ‘Gaun Gaun Bata Utha’ has become go-to anthem for change, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 22/09/2021) [Time to sing this song again!] [see old video from Nepali film Balidan (1997) as well as a modern version by Nepathya]

Where has all the music gone? With the COVID-19 pandemic having silenced the bhajan mandals of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur denizens say their City exudes an air of mourning and silence, by Bijay Laxmi Duwal (ht 08/08/2021)

All set to make a year in music: Echoes in the Valley festival is back : After three years of bringing folk, traditional and fusion music to the fore, this year, Echoes in the Valley is expanding its horizon beyond the Valley, from a focused genre to an open world of music, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 10/04/2021)

Tracing Prem Dhoj Pradhan’s long and remarkable career in Nepali music : Pradhan’s songs are masterpieces that defined the start of the Nepali music industry and they are still cherished by many, making his legacy eternal, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 14/12/2020)

The slow fading of the nayakhin baja : The treble of the nayakhin, part of the nau baja ensemble, echoes the spirit of Newa celebration. But over the years, the instrument has lost much of its essence, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 22/08/2020)

A disconcerting time for Nepal's only music museum: After 25 years of bringing diverse folk musical instruments together, the Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum is looking towards an uncertain future, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 21/07/2020)

Secret to winning the Chinese singing contest: not speak a word of Mandarin: Two event management groups partnered with Chinese media to organise a singing competition, which the organisers say can help bring two countries closer, by Shashwat Pant (kp 24/12/2019)

How Nepali songs are blurring the lines between entertainment and sexism: Sexist euphemisms are ingrained in many contemporary Nepali songs, yet we love them, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 13/11/2019)

Gunla baja vibrates across time and space with the change of guards: It’s the holy month for Newar Buddhists, and young people are taking up traditional instruments—but does the music transcend caste and creed?, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 09/08/2019)

Folk Musical  Instrument Museum faces closure threat (ht 19/07/2019)

Widening Nepal’s musical Spektrum with new sounds: A handful of artists are trying to rid Nepal of musical misunderstanding by introducing new genres to Nepali ears, by Thomas Heaton (kp 13/07/2019)

This young man’s flute covers have millions of views. Here’s why he chose to cover Despacito: Swarnim Maharjan is fusing popular tracks with traditional sounds to get young people listening to Nepali music, by Sneha Dahal (kp 11/07/2019)

Music and mystery: Nasah Dyah is primarily regarded as the god of music, dance and the performing arts, by Bigyesh Nepal (kp 16/06/2019)

Bhajans with a twistInterpolation of classic Nepali folk melodies with bhajan lyrics has produced a new trend in Dhankuta—bhajan parody, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 16/05/2019)

A gift of music to Nepali children: Tune in and turn up support for education, say visiting classical musicians, by Marty Logan (nt 10/05/2019)

Sudden cancellation of music festival leaves many questioning organisers and local administrationAccording to organisers of the Shakti Peak Festival Nepal, musicians from 72 different countries were scheduled to perform in the festival which would be attended by tourists from 103 countries, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 10/04/2019)

Country’s only folk musical instrument museum hits a sour note: Building occupied by Music Museum of Nepal has been leased to Kathmandu University, by Abani Malla (kp 31/01/2019)

Tibetan music in Nepal’s sacred valley: Preserving the unique Tibetan musical traditions of Nepal’s Himalayan rimland, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 10/08/2018)

Music in their blood: The world around them might have changed since they first migrated to Kathmandu during the Malla period, but the Kul families of the Valley continue to preserve their family craft—music, by Shaleen Shah (kp 02/06/2018)

Onward with art and life: Barta Gandharba creates a new identity, and a new life, with her sarangi, by Nhooja Tuladhar (kp 07/04/2018)

Culture and art reverberate, by Nhooja Tuladhar (kp 24/03/201)

Uncovering traditional and rare music (kp 16/03/2018)

Saving the sound of music: Meet Hari Lal Kul, who is keeping Nepal's musical tradition alive by preserving its instruments, by Sebastian Wolligandt (nt 13/10/2017)

The trance of the Tungna: On Bir Bahadur Biswokarma, a visually impaired musician who has spent a life sailing by ear, by Sugam Deshar (kp 08/04/2017)

Ason to echo with fusion rhythms: The music festival—Echoes in the Valley—is set to bring dozens of local and international artists, workshops, poetry slams and a photo exhibition to Kathmandu’s historic market square (kp 24/03/2017)

Nepathya enthralls Hamburg crowd (kp 01/08/2016)

The left turn of music: One cannot help but admire how politics has chosen to express itself in Nepal: through music, by Shreya Paudel (kp 26/03/2016)

The sounds of yore, by Priyanka Gurung (rep 09/10/2015)

Western classical comes to town: Nepal has a vibrant music scene and Gharana hopes to bring Western classical into the mix, by Madeline Zutt (nt 02/10/2015)

Under one roof: The Gharana Music Festival, which starts from October 8, aims to promote classical music from around the world in Nepal and inspire young musicians to broaden their horizons, by Nhooja Tuladhar (kp 26/09/2015)

When the sounds of Nau Baja resound in Patan, by Jessica Rai (ht 23/08/2015)

Folk music museum still in rubble-like state, by Jessica Rai (ht 26/07/2015)

Monsoon melodies steeped in folk culture, by Jessica Rai (ht 19/07/2015)

The songs of yesterday, by Sachi Mulmi (ht 04/04/2015)

Archiving music: Bulu Mukarung, in a new volume, illustrates the spectrum of Nepali music’s history, styles, lyrics, and performativity, by Abhi Subedi (kp 25/01/2015)

Kind of blue, by Tiku Gauchan (kp 17/01/2015)

The New School Folk, by Jessica Rai (ht 10/01/2015)

Colours of the night: Night brings a refreshing vibe in the Nepali music scene, by Stéphane Huët (nt 02/01/2015)

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