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Nepali Music and its First Recording Artist


Jan 09, 2015
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The Music of Nepal has not been highly advanced to what it was back in its day as still today, there is a large group of people who still listens to traditional Nepali Music, plays and records and specialises in traditional Nepali Music. With such a culture still existing in Nepal, there are still so many genres of Music that exist in Nepal. The reason being as simple as Nepal have a vast enthnicity and that there are many different castes that exist in Nepal. Nepali Music genres are Dohori, Aadhunik geet and Nep-Hop. Dohori is a genre of Nepali Music that is usually a rhythmic debate between a male and female group and it is traditionally sung in front of a Live audience and it usually spontaneous singing on the spot by the singers. Aadhunik geet also known as sugam sangeet is a soft and melodious genre of Nepali Music. Nep-Hop is a revamped modern version of Nepali Hip-Hop Music.

Devotional Nepali Music using traditional Musical Instruments

Devotional Nepali Music using traditional Musical Instruments


Dohori, Aadhunik geet and Nep-Hop might be the basic genres of Nepali Music, there are the ethnic Nepali Music that exist in Nepal. Newari Music is usually of traditional Newari music of percussions and wind instruments. Gurung Music usually involves a rich culture where the Gurungs have a traditional culture of Rodhi which is a meet-and-greet tradition and they sing and dance with each other. Kirat Music has it vast forms as the Yakthumbas (Limbus) have the various forms of dance wit their Music and they are Dhaan Nach (paddy dance) and Chyam-brung (Dhol Nach “drum dance”). Also in Kirati tradition, the Rais have their Chandi Naach and Sakela which is a traditional form of dance and music and is performed during “Udauli” and “Ubhuali”. Traditional Dance and song are also performed during wedding and gatherings by the Kiratis. Traditional Tamang Music is called Tamang Selo and is usually music based on the usage of traditional musical instruments – Damphu and Tungna. Salai Jo, Kaura and Sorathi are the unique genres of traditional Magar Music. The traditional Sherpa Music will be based on Tibetian Buddhism and is identical to the Music of Tibet. Maithili Music is one of the most ancient form of Music that exist in Nepal and the whole of South Asia and has a very long and influential existence and is usually includes the use of different classical musical instruments. Maithili Music was famous among the Malla Kings and then was the time it truly flourished.

Then, came the imported Music that came and influence the style of Nepali Music. With all that in tow, Nepal’s first recorded artist was Seturam Shrestha who the first to record his song on a gramophone disc. He was a Nepali musician, singer and composer and was an important role and figure in history of Modern Nepali Music. He was the Nepali Artist who pioneered Ghazal Music in Nepal. Seturam Shrestha was born to father Krishna Dhar and mother Hari Devi Shrestha and was from Asan Kamalachhi, Kathmandu.

Seturam Shrestha

Seturam Shrestha