Nepali Music History


Music of Nepal

General subjects

Dhimay Bhusyah Madal Sarangi Damphu Dholak Chyabrung Bansuri


Dapa Dohori Selo Bhajan Rodhi Adhunik Geet Nepali Rock Nepali Hip bounce

Particular structures

Newa music Gurung music Tamang Music Khas Maithili music Sunuwar music Magar music Bhojpuri music Sherpa music Thakali music Chepang music Rai music Tibetan music Lepcha music Limbu music Kusunda music

Media and execution

Music festivals Goon lā

Music media

Radio Nepal Hits FM Image FM

Nationalistic and energetic melodies

National anthem “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka”

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Music of Nepal alludes to the different melodic classes played and tuned in to in Nepal. With in excess of fifty ethnic gatherings, the music of Nepal is exceptionally assorted. Sorts like Tamang Selo, Dohori, Adhunik Geet, Bhajan, Filmi music, Ghazal, Classical music, and Ratna music are generally played and well known, however numerous different less normal kinds are yet to be inventoried. Western melodic kinds like Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B additionally consistently include on the Nepalese music outlines. The greater part of the nation’s melodic groups are situated in the Kathmandu valley. Melodic sorts from Tibet and India have extraordinarily affected Nepalese music.

Tamang music

The Tamang people group is outstanding for the Damphu, a conventional instrument. Tamang Selo music is joined by the Damphu and Tungna. It is said that British individuals inferred making drum sets from Damphu amid their stay in India. Western and Indian instruments impacts are additionally found in some advanced Tamang Selo music.

Hira Devi Waiba is hailed as the pioneer of Nepali people tunes. She has sung around 300 melodies all through her melodic profession of 40 years.[13] After Hira Devi Waiba kicked the bucket in 2011, her child Satya Waiba and little girl Nanveet Aditya Waiba took upon the undertaking of resuscitating her tunes, re-recorded them with another sound and discharged them in Navneet’s voice.[14][15] They named the collection ‘Ama Lai Shraddhanjali – Tribute to Mother’.[16]

Newa music

Newa music, additionally called Newar Music, is a type of conventional music created in Nepal by the Newars. The music has its underlying foundations in established Hindu and Buddhist music and developed with the joining of society music of the Kathmandu valley and its peripheries. Instruments utilized are for the most part percussion and wind instruments. Outstanding Newar artist Narayan Gopal. Respected one of the social symbols in Nepal, he is alluded as “Swar Samrat” (Nepali: स्वर सम्राट, which means: Emperor of Voice) in Nepali music. He is otherwise called “Disaster King” inferable from his various catastrophe tunes.

Gramophone record of the tune “Danchhi ya alu” by Madhan Krishna Shrestha

Gurung music

Gurungs have an old convention of Rodhi [17] where youngsters meet, sing and move to people melodies, and offer their perspectives. Young fellows and ladies at Rodhi regularly sing the Dohori. Some melodic moves like Ghantu and Chudka are still in presence, and is performed in numerous Gurung towns. These move shapes are hundreds of years old and are performed either solo or in a gathering. Music likewise assumes a major part in the Gurung custom of Argum, which is performed when somebody in the group dies.[18] Notable Gurung artist – Khem Raj Gurung.

Kirat music

The Yakthungs (Limbu) have different types of melodies, moves and melodic instruments. Of them, Dhan Naach (paddy dance)[19] and Chyabrung (Dhol Nach “drum dance”)[20] are generally prevalent. Khambu observe Sakela, a move performed amid the event of “Udauli” and “Ubhuali” which is the most essential celebration of Khumbu (Rai, Kirat). Sakela which is infrequently wrongly alluded as Chandi Naach. Chandi is a Hindu goddess and isn’t connected with the Kirat culture. Numerous move shapes include ceremonies and religious contributions towards Mundhum.

Magar music

Salaijo, Kauda and Sorathi are the three restrictive melodic kinds of Magar music.[21]. Eminent Mangar artist – Master Mitrasen Thapa Magar

Sherpa music

Sherpa music depends on Tibetan Buddhism. It is like music of Tibet around the trans-Himalayan district. Tibetan music is generally religious music, mirroring the impact of Tibetan Buddhism.

“With impact from Tibet, this Nepalese music is portrayed by harmony singing and infrequent backup on the damian, a stringed instrument in the lute family that gives a solid cadenced base. The performers by and large sing in Helambu (a Sherpa-Tibetan tongue) and once in a while in Tibetan on topics of religion, a want for material riches, the normal scene, and a “feeling of a requested world as opposed to the roaming example of numerous people groups’ lives” (Bishop). Liner notes incorporate a portrayal of the town and its music, track notes, and verses in Helambu/Tibetan and English”.[22]

Tharu music

Tharu music is likewise one of the antiquated sorts of music still played in Nepal. The Tharu individuals sing tunes like Sajana, Maghiya, and Dashainya for the most part in the western parts of Nepal.

Music Influenced by different areas of the World

Performers singing reverential tunes

These are melodic kinds which were acquainted with Nepal from outside and flourished.


A bhajan is a reverential melody applauding and now and then calling upon the Gods. It has no settled shape; it might be as straightforward as a mantra or kirtan. It is generally melodious, communicating affection and supplication for the Divine. Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu and Sai Baba bhajans are well known in Nepal.[23] Notable Bhajan vocalists Bhakta Raj Acharya, Koili Devi Mathema.

Filmi music

Filmi music is well known in Nepal and created for standard movies. Silver screen in Nepal has a short history thus filmi music is as yet advancing. Since Bollywood (Indian Filmi Music) motion pictures are well known all through Nepal, Nepali film music is intensely motivated by Bollywood.


The Ghazal is a graceful type of music comprising of rhyming couplets and a hold back, with each line having a similar meter. A ghazal might be comprehended as a graceful articulation of agony, misfortune and partition, excellence of adoration and nature. It is a sensitive type of verse and music. The shape is old, starting in sixth century Arabic verse. Ghazals spread into South Asia in the twelfth century inferable from the impact of Sufi spiritualists and the courts of the new Islamic Sultanate in India and South Asia. In spite of the fact that the ghazal is a type of Dari and Urdu verse, its impact can be found in the verse of numerous dialects of the Indian sub-landmass. Motiram Bhatta presented the composed type of ghazal in Nepali dialect around 1890. Seturam Shrestha (1891-1941) has been credited with spearheading ghazals in Nepal.[24]

Western music


Robin and The New Revolution

1974 AD

Spider web

Gooney bird


The Ax

The Edge Band

Mukti N Revival


Antim Grahan

Divine Influence

Vanishing Flame


Anger Hybrid

Serpent Gaze




Pop, Hip Hop




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