Newar merchants of Kathmandu, Nepal parading in Lhasa, Tibet playing drums in 1903. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Newar merchants of Kathmandu, Nepal parading in Lhasa, Tibet playing drums in 1903. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

What is Nepali Music?

Does music lose its identity when traditional instruments are replaced by modern ones? Or are musical ideas more important?

While music lovers and musicians may find no difficulty in recognising Nepali music when they hear it, asking them to define it more often than not results in a confused reply. This is not surprising, since a satisfactory definition of Nepali music would have to consider the many sources of musical ideas that are, and have been, available to Nepali composers.

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