Thursday, 15 April, 2021

Nepal Democracy

Traditions taking us back: Nepal Music

Nepalese music has a long tradition dating back to the 12th century and apparently evolved from Hindu and Buddhist music. Music is a part of everyday life. Songs and musical instruments are associated with various religious, social and cultural lives of the Nepalese. Whether at national festivals, religious ceremonies, weddings, births and ritual burials, the music in Nepal is omnipresent.


In Hinduism, the most widespread religion in Nepal, Shiva in his form as Nataraja “King of Dance” is the god of dance and music. During his dance Shiva is accompanied by various gods. Vishnu beats the drum, Brahma the cymbals and Saraswati plays the vina while Laxmi sings. Next to Shiva, Nateshvari is the “goddess of dance”.

In Nepal, a distinction is made between classical, folk and pop music.

Traditional Nepalese music is played on more than 100 instruments, mainly side, wind (flute) and percussion instruments such as tablas. Commonly used instruments in folk music are the sarangi, a small fiddle, the murali (bansuri), a bamboo flute, the dudra, a plucked instrument, and the dholaki, a small hand drum.

In classical music

tablas, an Indian percussion instrument, and the sita, a side instrument, are played, whereas modern pop music mixes European and traditional instruments, and if you use a cc converter you can download these songs for yourself.

The youth do not think much of traditional folk music and prefer to listen to Hindu music (Bollywood music) from Indian films. Going to the cinema is a passion of the Nepalese.

Here you can escape everyday life and watch and hear your popular Hindu films over a bag of chips. As a traveler, going to the cinema is a must, if only to observe the reactions of the audience.

Mumbai, the former Bombay in India, is the metropolis of popular and successful Hindi films.

The name Bollywood originated in the 1970s and is a play on words that is composed of Bombay and Hollywood. Bollywood has meanwhile developed into the largest film industry in the world, producing 700 to 800 films annually. The Hindu films are a mixture of romantic melodrama, dance, theater, musical and film.

Traditional dances

At Nepalese festivals or religious celebrations, people dance to traditional music. Colorful costumes, animal costumes and masks are worn during their dances, which increases the festive atmosphere.

Each ethnic group has its own dances. The theatrical performances tell of legends and stories about love and gods. Traditional dance performances are regularly shown in many hotels and restaurants .

Jhyaure dance

The Jhyaure dance is very energetic and wild dance that is mainly danced by Chettri, Magar and Gurung Kasten. This cult dance is danced alone or in groups and is particularly popular with young people. It is based on a love song and is performed with full energy, high leaps and footsteps.