Women in Concert, is a validation that there is enough musical talent amongst women in Nepal. The concert has been providing a platform for aspiring female musicians and singers for the past 13 years. Most of the music industry in Nepal is dominated by males because of a patriarchal society that does not provide an environment for women performers to flourish. With your help and patronage we hope to ultimately build a society that understands the need for equal representation of all genders not only in music but in every possible field, through the power of music.
Since 2014 our team has been organizing concerts to the masses in Kathmandu but this year we want to take this concert all over Nepal. This year it will be even more special as our team has managed to discover 3 all girl bands. All girl bands are very rare especially in our country where women are just limited to the periphery of their households, no matter how educated they maybe or how much they contribute to the fortunes of their homes. It was only a matter of time for women musicians to step up their game and we now have the opportunity to support these rising all girls’ band with your participation. The three bands are House of Hope, Shree Tara, and JOTs.
We at Nirbhaya Foundation realize the potential of this year’s content of performers. By introducing, these all-girl bands along with other popular female led acts that will actively mentor these young musicians as they tour through the lesser known regions of Nepal, there is a huge potential for them to inspire women and men all around our country. Witnessing these talented girls and women on stage may draw out a lot of possible hidden talents, dreams and even discussions about how women in Nepal are taking their lives in their own hands.
In 2017 we have three all girls band playing along with their mentor bands. The lineup for this year is Shree Tara, House of Hope and JOTs. Mental Radio, Abhaya and the Steam Injuns.are performing along with these bands as also the three winners of the Talent Hunt WIC 2016.
SHREE TARA: This is an all female traditional Nepali band. They had first been discovered by Ani Choying. They participated in the Talent Hunt of Women in Concert 2016 and though they did not win, their talent and passion shone right through and they are participating this year as the stars that they are eventually destined to be.
JOTs: Women in Concert discovered this all female alternative rock band through Facebook. This band had only been in existence for a few months. With a bad assed bass guitarist, drummer and guitarist and an enthusiastic vocalist, this band is waiting to explode into the Nepali rock scenario.
HOUSE OF HOPE: This band put together by a passionate House Master Gopal Yonjan who runs a home for orphan girls and underprivileged girl children had already raised a curiosity among the social media enthusiasts when they had released a live performance video on Facebook. This band has a member who is as young as thirteen. Comprising of orphans and underprivileged girls this band has already wowed the audience of Women in Concert last year. They come back this year, tighter and with more hope to conquer the music scene of Nepal.
MENTAL RADIO This band has the very talented singer/songwriter Garima Gurung who heads the band along with her renowned guitarist husband Iman Shah. Mental Radio says that genre is the last thing on their minds while creating a song. Brought together by music, Mental Radio hopes to raise awareness regarding mental health issues in Nepal.
This year we are also hoping to do a series of concerts in some selected parts of Nepal so that we can grow with our vision to impact a wider audience throughout Nepal. These concerts advance the concept of women empowerment as well as spreading positive messages of gender equity and all issues related to women.
We aim to validate this year’s message for International Women’s day – Be bold for change.
If funds and support allows us, we expect to tour the cities of Damauli, Pokhara, Urlabari, Dharan and Butwal with three all girls bands Shree Tara, House of Hope, and Jots along with their mentor band Abhaya and the Steam Injuns and spread the message of “ Be bold for change” a phrase that signifies the need for many Nepali women to overcome their ingrained fears. There are stories of many a woman or a girl whose ambitions can be cut short through various societal pressures such as early marriage, patriarchy and sometimes just being dismissed for being a girl/woman.
We also have the prospect of the winners of Women in Concert 2016 Talent Hunt joining us on tour, with these all girls band.
As of now, we are all set to rock Kathmandu at Lainchaur ground, starting from 3 pm onwards on the 8th of March with the support of our main sponsor, The Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal. Our event hosts will be Malvika Subba and Sanjay