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Nepathya performs in Adelaide
The second show of the ongoing Nepathya Australia Tour was staged at the Norwood Concert Hall in Adelaide on Sunday. Adelaide is the South Australian coastal capital city which lies in proximity to the Barossa Valley, known world over for their wine and vineyards.
Despite a smaller Nepali population in Adelaide, almost 3,000 Nepali residents turned up for the show, as per the press statement released by Nepa-laya. “It is fascinating to witness how Nepathya always successfully brings together Nepalis wherever the band performs,” said Khum Gurung, of the organizing team.
“During Nepathya’s 2012 concert at the Sydney Town hall, I was amongst many who could not attend the concert because the tickets were sold out. I am glad no one had to return from Norwood Hall today, as we had arranged for a decent size venue and I am glad people came in such numbers to witness the 25 years celebration of Nepathya,” he added.
Nepathya’s recent video ‘Gharko Kura’ was also screened as a prelude to the show. The theme of the song touched many hearts. “Such a powerful lyric, it made me feel lonely and I missed home,” said Pradip Khatri, who has been residing in Adelaide for the last three years. From folk tune filled ‘Sirfula’ to sentimental hit ‘Yo Zindagani’, the audience swayed and sang with the band’s front man Amrit Gurung.
“It is such a lovely feeling to come to these distant lands and feel the same energy that we get when we perform back home,” said Amrit. “When we perform, the audience section is not much visible from the stage; it becomes practically impossible to realize that we are performing in a foreign land. So much of love we receive that I remain indebted to all,” he added.
The band then proceeded to sing more folk-rock numbers as Amrit shared his travel memories of collecting the folk melodies. The show that started at sharp 8 pm local time lasted for two hours, where Amrit was accompanied by Dhruba Lama on drums, Suraj Thapa on keyboards, Subin Shakya on bass, Niraj Gurung on guitars and Shanti Rayamajhi on percussion.
The band now moves on to Sydney for their show at the Big Top Auditorium in Luna Park scheduled for Saturday.