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.

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.


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!