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Nepathya commemorates Great Earthquake; releases music video
Apr 26, 2016-
A video that features the footages from the Great Earthquakes along with folk-rock band Nepathya’s 2001 hit, Naramro Sapana Dekhein Thiyen, has been released on Youtube, on April 25, the first anniversary of the Earthquake.
When the Earthquake rattled Nepal on April last year, Nepathya was Down Under; they were to perform the final leg of their tour at the Melbourne Town Hall on the
April 26. The organisers and band were confused on how to handle the situation, but it was decided that the show must go on.
Upon return, Nepathya was in a dilemma of whether to continue with their prefixed Tokyo and Dubai shows. After consultation with the organisers, it was decided both the shows would be dedicated for earthquake awareness and relief.
“As the earth shook in Nepal, our heart and mind shook with double the magnitude. When I tried to sleep that night, a song we recorded in 2001 came to my mind,” said Amrit Gurung, front-man of Nepathya.
“We opened our Tokyo and Dubai shows with the song. Our producer had compiled footages from the earthquake and projected it on screen as we performed. Many eyes moistened, and it was not easy for me, but the show had to go on” added Amrit.
After the band returned to Nepal, a group of young music enthusiasts, Kathaharu, suggested to make a video with the pre and post earthquake footages of Kathmandu’s heritage sites. They use the live footage from the Dubai show and compiled stock footage.
“This process was like reinterpreting the song, Nepathya had recorded in 2001. We thought the song could be used as a memorial to the mega quake that struck Nepal.” Said Kiran Shrestha of Nepalaya.
“Nepathya would like to dedicate this song and the video to all those who were victims of the Earthquake,” says a statement released by Nepalaya, on the release of the video.
“Those who died left us with memories, but we who survived must rise and live” said Amrit.
“We are honored to be part of this video,” said Shashank Shrestha of Kathaharu. “Though the song dates from 2001, I felt this was written and sung after the earthquake.”
The video can be viewed at Nepathya’s Youtube channel, Nepathyaofficial.
Published: 26-04-2016 08:21