Unsung melodies come to life
Jun 20, 2011-
We can only imagine the numbers of creative talents in Nepal—or elsewhere in the world for that matter—who go without ever being noticed. Lacking a platform on which they might prove their worth, many get lost in oblivion. This means that only a select few are really able to create a niche for themselves in the competitive market. Oftentimes, these successful few are under the easy influence of industry clouts who have built their ladders to success for them. In such a commercial setting,
any individual or organisation that tracks genuine talent and brings it in the limelight is always commendable. Thus, Gurukul, the theatre school which offered its immensely popular platform to singer Bednidhi Paudel, is applauded by all audiences. Paudel performed more than 20 songs during the concert which was held at the Rimal Natak Ghar of Gurukul on Monday.
Paudel, 37, a singer based in Itahari, has been pursuing music pursuits for the past 18 years. But his relentless devotion to music, thus far, has been rewarded with apparently nothing. Apart from a few breaks in music albums produced by other singers, Paudel’s name has remained anonymous in the Nepali music scene. Sunil Pokharel, the event organiser and chief of Gurukul, explains why he organised Monday’s show for a non-celebrity singer, “Although, Paudel never saw great prospects in music, he did not quit practicing and was always devoted to it. This is what I
liked about him.” In addition, Pokharel also says that he has been deeply moved by Paudel’s singing caliber.
Paudel sang songs of different genres, including ghazals and Nepali aadhunik songs during the show. “This is my first solo performance in the capital and I am happy to be presented by Gurukul,” says Paudel. The singer sang to the tunes of the guitar and the Tabala accompanied by the notes of the harmonium which he played by himself. Though this lack of an orchestra affected the quality of the performance, the singer managed to wow most audiences with the beautifully composed melody of his songs. Paudel has been trained by music maestros Gopal Nath Yogi and other acclaimed Gurus of the country. “In addition to the formal education that I got from my Gurus, my self-practice and study have helped shape my skills in composing music and singing songs,” he adds. Although Paudel has plans on working on a solo music album, the bleak scenario of album-sales—which is really low—in Nepal discourages him. Despite this, he is working on the arrangement and recording of four of his original compositions.
The platform provided by Gurukul was an opportunity not only for Paudel to showcase his talent but also for music enthusiasts in Kathmandu to listen to a gifted musician. His solo performance at Rimal Natak Ghar
worked as an impetus as it gave public recognition to a singer who actually deserves it.
Published: 21-06-2011 08:37