The rhythm, beats, bounce of Nepali
traditional folk and classical music is spiritual enough to sooth you and
entertaining enough to cheer you. Music is associated with every event in
Nepal, then be it birth, marriage, festivals or National events.
Various songs, musical instruments and dances are connected with various
religious, social and cultural life of the Nepalese. Music is the heartbeat
of Nepal. Music is associated to every event of life, then be it festivals,
feasts, marriage, birth ceremonies or funeral processions. The main genres
of Nepali music are pop, rock, folk, and classical. There are a number of
other genres that are yet to be cataloged.
Popular Indigenous Nepalese Music
|Traditional Nepali Music
- Rock & Roll
The following music genres have their roots in Nepal and are therefore
considered to be indigenous. This includes:-
The Newars are well-known for their Newari music. It mainly consists of
percussion instruments, some wind instruments and no string instruments. All
the castes have their musical tunes and bands. Music is cherished by people
of all walks of life. There are tunes of certain festivals and seasons and
even of certain times of day. The God of artists called Nâsadya is
found in all the Newar localities. The presence of a Newari musical band in
a guthi is considered as a sign of opulence.
Khas music belongs to the Khas society where castes like Damai used to play
a number of instruments on occasions such as marriages, birth and other
feasts. This tradition is now on decline owing to the growing popularity of
television, radio and other means of mass communication. The minstrels used
to play instruments like Sarangi but even the Gaine are declining in number.