Kathmandu, a Valley Fertile for Music

Cultural erosion, the dying traditional arts and the adulteration of music by outside influences are often regarded as the inevitable maladies of a modern Nepal. But is change always negative or is music merely evolving?

The Kathmandu Valley seems to be no less fertile for music than for rice. From the musical performances witnessed by the 7th-Century envoys of the Chinese Tang empire to the ubiquitous radio and film songs of today, the Valley has vibrated with music. Indeed, it may be as the poet Chittadhar "Hriday" claimed, the raagas arrived in the Valley as soon as they had been created by Mahadev.

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