“New Year’s Song” by Over the Rhine

Folks back home are 10h 45m ahead of our time here in Michigan. As they wake up, it’s New Year 2015 for them. Some must already be wasting in liquor and making resolutions for new year. Anyway, I want to dedicate this song to my family and friends on the eve of year 2014 and new year 2015. Enjoy one of my wife’ favorite bands … Continue reading “New Year’s Song” by Over the Rhine

काठमाडौंको अन्धकारमा ब्रायन आडम्सलाई मोबाइलको बत्तिको साथ

गत फेब्रुअरी १९ मा विश्व विख्यात रक गायक ब्रायन आडम्स नेपालमा आएर ठुलै सांगीतिक प्रस्तुती दिएर नेपालमा कन्सर्ट दिने पहिलो पश्चिमी गायक बनेर इतिहासमा आफ्नो नाम लेखे | उक्त दिन देशको सम्पूर्ण गन्जागोलको माहोलबाट केहि घण्टा भए पनि नेपालीले सबै दुख बिर्सेर भरपूर  मनोरन्जन गर्ने मौका पाए | देशमा १४ घण्टा बत्ति नहुँदा पनि यस्तो भब्य कार्यक्रम भने हुन सक्यो | यो खुसीको कुरा हो | आडम्सले गाउने क्रममा नेपाल कस्तो छ भनेर संसारलाई देखाउने इच्छा राखी दर्शकदिर्घालाई बताउँदै गर्दा सम्पूर्ण उपस्थित दर्शकहरूले आ-आफ्नो मोबाइल फोन निकालेर हल्लाएको दृश्य उनि आडम्स स्वयमले नै खिचेको रहेछ | उनले आफ्नो आधिकारिक वेब साइट मार्फत् सार्वजनिक गरेको मनमोहक भिडियो हेर्न तल जानुहोस् |

February 19 remains the big day for Nepalese. Much more fun, thrilling music and performance from the world’s most popular Rock-star Bryan Adams was pumping adrenaline in the veins of his fans. Yes, the day was very memorable for Nepalese, as the highly anticipated concert of Adams in the Dasharath Rangashala, the national stadium came to be true in reality. He entertained the audience for 2 and 1/2 hours singing his all time hits like “Everything I do,” “Summer of ’69,” “Lets make a night to remember,” and “Baby, When you’re gone” etc.

The featuring video is from Bryan Adams’s official YouTube site which was taped by himself. He asked his audience to light their cell phones and wave them. Maybe he was trying to send the message to the world that people in Nepal do not have electricity for 12-16 hours a day, and those cellphones were charged when they had wee hours of light. Whatever his intention was, one thing was for sure that people had, at least, couple of hours to forget the political chaos, price hike and everything and enjoy at the fullest. Jump down for video!

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Music as an Active Evangelism: Reaching Out Heathens with Melody

        “Without music life would be a mistake. The Germans imagines even God as a songster.”[1] These words came out from the mouth of Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who claimed boldly “God is dead.” His words are his sheer acknowledgement and his high view of music in the human life. Despite his disbelief in any supernatural being, a mere admission of “God … Continue reading Music as an Active Evangelism: Reaching Out Heathens with Melody

योमरी फ्वोंनेगु म्यें

Yomari chāku, Uke duni hāku

योमरी चाकु, उके दुने हाकु

Byu mha: lyāsechā, Mabyu mha: budhichā

ब्यू म्ह: ल्यासेचा, मब्यू म्ह: बुधिचा

Tyosin tyo, Bakasin tyo

त्योसिं त्यो, बकसिं त्यो

Lātā pātā kunchā, Kulinchān tyo

लाता पाता कुंचा, कुलिंचा त्यो

ल्येंगु म्यें च्वो स्वयेत थन क्लिक यानादिसं

थौं वइ ला, कन्हे वइ ला

म्यें या बोल स्वयेत थन दुहां झासं

Dāpā Khî (दापा खीं)

Khin [/’xhî’/], a classical musical percussive instrument that is of a wooden hollow cylinder with membrane stretched across each end.  It is one of the classical music instruments used by Newāh in different occasions. So does it take different names as it is played in different musical settings, such as Yāka: [/jɑ’kɜ:/] Khin when single Khin is played; Joh [/dʒó/] Khin – a coupled Khin, Lāla: [/lɑ’l3:/] Khin, Desi [/dɛ́zi/] Khin. However, it is understood, in general, as Dāpā [/dɑ́pɑ́/] Khin which is the dominant instrument in traditional Newāh music. Continue reading “Dāpā Khî (दापा खीं)”

Newāh Instruments, Championed by a Foreigner

A man playing Dhime [/ðɪ́mɛ́/], Ka:khin [/k∂:kɪ́ŋ/], Nāya khin [/nájə́ kɪ́ŋ/], and Nagarā [/nə́gə́rá/] in this video is a German Professor, Dr. Gert-Matthias Wegner who is the founder and director of the Department of Music in Kathmandu University. He is a silver-tongued man of German, English, Hindi, Nepali and Nepal Bhāshā (Newāri) languages. He also possesses reading knowledge of French, Italian, Swedish, and Sanskrit. This man just amazes me with his language skills and music creativity. He has been, it seems, everywhere doing research on music in Indian sub-continent. Continue reading “Newāh Instruments, Championed by a Foreigner”