Nepal has a lot to offer the world in terms of its diverse culture and traditions. This holds true in music as well. When we talk about Eastern music, people understand Hindustani Classical music. This is correct for the most part because of the huge population and influence of India in the global stage but Nepal has its own musical lineage which is quite different from this stereotype.
We plan to share this heritage with the world by connecting the masters of folk music here in Nepal to people that want to learn from them anywhere in the world. We will do so through the internet where the students and masters will be able to interact via high speed connections and good quality audio equipment. They will also be able to buy the instruments online from us from our online store so that we can ship them to their home country.
Nepal is rich in geographical diversity – culture, ethnicity and traditions. Even though it is a small country, it has more than a 100 languages within its people. With this wealth of distinctive cultural styles and special heritage, this cultural diversity has translated itself into a diverse array of unique musical styles and sounds. This is the folk music of Nepal, folk being used as a broad term.
We believe in preservation through sharing our culture with the world. Rather than a passive protection where organizations try to keep traditions alive as they were centuries ago, we believe in an active form of preservation where we combine our ancient cultural inheritance with the modern and state of the art so that it can truly thrive in this age.
Apart from the international platform, we also want to make our services available to people in Nepal who want to learn music but are not able to access us geographically. We teach a range of instruments like the saxophone, trumpet, trombone etc which are still considered ‘exotic’ in Nepal even though they are quite common around the world. We bring many international faculty every year to our school to teach these instruments because there are rare in Nepal. In this age where Wi-Fi is available even in Annapurna Base Camp, students in any part of rural and urban Nepal will have access to high quality music education at an affordable rate.
We are getting also together with musicians specialized in the folk music of Nepal and putting them together with our faculty to form our new Folk music department. We approach the preservation of musical heritage in the sense of making them relevant to our modern era. We don’t want to just preserve it, we want to breathe life into it. We want to bring a piece of Nepal into the modern world.