Flute demonstration at Punahou School (photo courtesy of East-West Center)
Flute demonstration at Punahou School (photo courtesy of East-West Center)

I learned to play flute when I was small in the rural hills of Nepal, and because I didn’t have money to buy flutes then, I learned to make my own. In my village, my friends and I would get together in the evenings to make music. I would sing and play the madal drum, too, but what they really wanted me to do was play flute. My early music education was all from this folk environment.

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Playing flute at Nirmaya Rodhi Ghar, UK

 

After playing a lot in my hometown and informally when I traveled around Nepal, I started my music career as a studio musician in Kathmandu, recording flute parts for folk songs and sometimes pop songs. I also got to play most of the flute parts for folk songs recorded at Kusum Digital Studios in Attariya, Kailali, and in doing so I learned the folk music of Nepal’s far west. I love playing for deuda and thadi songs, so much that they used to call me “thadi dai” in that studio. I performed nightly for years in the folk music venue Nirmaya Rodhi Club in Kathmandu, and helped start its branch in the UK in 2009 and 2010.

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My 2008 album, Memories of Motherland, showcases folk songs from various regions and ethnic groups across Nepal, in my own arrangements, featuring my bansuri flute.

Now, I perform in many countries, and am happy to share my knowledge of the flute with anyone who wishes to learn. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested!