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Nepal Celebrates International Music Day

By Mannu Shahi, KATHMANDU: Fête de la Musique aims to promote music by encouraging both amateur and professional musicians to come out and expose their art on streets. Officially held for the first time in Paris, June 21st 1982 many free shows are organized in order to make various genres accessible for common people.
The festival now has become a global fête, taking place in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. India, Germany, Nepal, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, USA and Japan are among the few countries actively organizing this event.
This grand celebration was initiated by a man named Maurice Fleuret who was assigned the Director of Music and Dance within the French Government’s Ministry of Culture in October 1981. A pertinent enthusiast for arts with his moto, “the music everywhere and the concert nowhere” he enabled the vision of combining various musical styles, nationalities, audiences, scenes and other hindrances categorizing music.
Thus, he brought this imagination to reality by initiating the cultural practice and permitting his fellow countrymen to step out on the streets and enjoy music for an entire day.
The primary host of this event in Kathmandu is Alliance Française de Katmandou who celebrated the 2019 edition as like the previous year with an amazing line-up consisting of veteran bands and upcoming artists. Held at Chhaya Center’s courtyard in Thamel, Red Velvet 69, Taranga Nepal, Pranav Pachai, Niksherpa and the Band, Bijaya Thapa, Alpha Omega, Pema Lama, Joint Family Internationale and Cultivation Muzik were amidst the performers taking over the stage yesterday.
While, school groups from Victor Hugo School, Saathi Children Home, Life Vision Academy and Rupy’s School also presented their respective sets for the event. The celebration was enhanced further with an after party session organized at House of Music, Thamel with DJ Ranzen along with his groovy beats.

Published Date: Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 08:16 PM

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