Music to me is like water to a fish,” says Bishwa Nepali, a young singer who is in his serious efforts to win love from millions of Nepali music lovers. It is not that he hasn’t been successful even with his previous albums ‘Samishran’ and ‘Utkrista’ but the fact is, thousands of Nepali music lovers already had their hearts surrendered for him years before.
Born in a family of Gaines (a community of occupational caste musicians), Nepali drew his inspiration from his grandfather Kancha Magar Nepali and Father Ram Saran Nepali. From the age as early as six, he not only started listening songs but also started singing in children programmes broadcasted from Radio Nepal, eventually making him able to work in a record for his cousin Shyam Nepali.
While enrolled in 4th grade, Nepali won a nationwide singing competition that not only offered him academic scholarship for his remaining high education but dragged kisses of love from thousands of music lovers towards him.
Bishwa, who used to be the headliner in almost all music competitions in his school days, later secured many consecutive wins in ‘Brighter Timro Sur Mero Geet’, a reality television show broadcasted from Nepal television – whence the mass of his fan followers multiplied.
Remembering the good old days, Nepali, a quick learner, smiles and says, “Respected ma’am Kunti Moktan and Sir Ananda Rai tutored me the skills to become a good singer while I was studying at Pushpa Sadan Boarding school, and I still remember how often she used to make me sing in front of the students of grade 7, when I was just in grade 3.”
Nepali hurries to share his most valued achievement, and recalls, “During a musical event organized to pay tribute to Bhajan Siromani Bhakta Raj Acharya, I, along with other child artists, had participated and sang alongside singers like Ram Krishna Dhakal and others,” continuing, “Sir Bhakta Raj Acharya became impressed watching me singing his song, while Satya Swaroop Acharya took me to their room, blessed me with their hands on my head, and awarded me with a hundred rupee note.”
Nepali, who has lent his voice in songs for movies like ‘Pirati Aafai Hudo Raicha’, ‘Anmol’ and ‘Mayako Saino’ as a child artist, completed his academic school, and started studying music from Sangita Pradhan; eventually enabling him to debut with the album ‘Samishran’.
It was his passion for music that Nepali continued penetrating the music market with another album ‘Utkrista’, and it is the same passion that is encouraging him to come up with another album ‘Utkrista 2’.
Born in a family of occupational caste musicians, Nepali is also one of the finest sarangi players, and loves playing it most of the time. He says, “Although the times have changed, our love for our history and culture hasn’t died.”
When most music artists do not enjoy playing Sarangi or using it in their music, Nepali suggests, “Sarangi is a Nepali instrument and Nepalese should proudly play and use it. I’ve always loved the tune of a Sarangi than that of a guitar.”
As an ending note, Nepali, says, “With western music, we will always secure second position but with eastern music, we have bigger hand at winning.”