National poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire turns singer

September 4, 2017 08:18 AM Shreedhar Pandey


Kathmandu: A music video ‘Melancholy’ sung by as many as 365 Nepali artists was released amid a function at the Army Officer’s Club in Sundhara on Saturday. 

The song comprises various genres like rap, hip-hop and lok dohori, among others. From Five-year-old Nisfal Adhikari to 97-year-old National Poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire, hundreds of artists have given their voice to the song, which is 33 minutes and 49 seconds long. 

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was invited as the chief guest at the launch of the ‘environmental song’. In her speech, the president said, “Our natural resources are depleting each day due to misuse and overuse. Pollution from big factories in developed countries has been causing developing countries like ours to suffer. The song is an appreciative step as it creates awareness about the degrading environment. I would like to congratulate those involved in making such an inspiring music video.” 

Sustainable Environmental and Ecosystem Management (SEEM) Nepal and President Chure-tarai Madesh Conservation Development Board jointly organized the launching ceremony of the music video. 

At the event, music director and lyricist of the song, Nipesh Dhaka said, “I visited 65 districts in Nepal and studied their geography, social life and culture. My heart ached when I observed that our natural and cultural resources have been depleting day by day. So this inspired me to create a song in order to raise awareness among Nepali citizens about the environmental changes that are occurring not only in Nepal but throughout the world.” 

Nipesh, who is a graduate of Environmental Science from Technical University of Munich, Germany, said, “As Nepal is a diverse country enriched with water sources and beautiful snow-capped mountains, it is essential to conserve them for the future generations. This song urges protection of environment as well as preservation of Nepali art and culture.”
The song was recorded at Radio Nepal, Singha Durbar on May 19, 2016. 


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