KHUKRI AND MUSIC
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Himalayan nation of Nepal is home to over 126 ethnic groups, and this diversity is reflected in the country’s rich musical output. Some of Nepal’s most popular genres today include folk, classical music, Ratna, pop, rock and Nep-hop (Nepali hip-hop); indigenous musical genres span Newar, Gurung, Kirat, Tamang, Magar, Tharu, Sherpa music and many more. In recent years, Nepal’s musical heritage has enjoyed a revival as young musicians fuse the sounds of traditional instruments with contemporary styles, thus making it enjoyable for all audiences.
To rekindle this love for music, Nepal Distilleries Pvt. Ltd. organised one of the biggest programmes of the country - Khukri Music Tour in 2018-19. The event lasted over a month and was held all over the country, including Illam, Birtamod, Itahari and 22 other cities of Nepal. The artists include Indira Joshi, Sugam Pokharel, Shiva Pariyar, Sandhya Joshi and comedian Sandeep Chettri. There were a number of local singers as well. One of Nepal’s most renowned comedian Mr. Jitu Nepal also joined the program as a guest artist in Narayanghat.
After the completion of the tour, follow-up restaurant events named Khukri Music Night were held in major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu where artists and bands like Sabin Rai and The Pharaoh band, Sanjeev Singh and The Gone Elvis, Dharmendra Sewang, Nabin K Bhattarai.