Note on Folk Songs of Nepal

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Folk Songs are locally composed and supported by local musical instruments having melody tone and lyrics which has humorous expressions and sentimental message. There are different folk songs sang at different occasions ans places. The folk songs sang at fairs, markets, chautaris, etc. all have their own melody and importance. Our culture and country can be even richer if we can conserve, protect and advertise these heritages.

Deusi-Bhailo songs played in Tihar, Malashree tune played in Dashain, Asare Bhaka sang while planting rice, or Sakela sang in Udhauli-Ubhauli, etc folk songs have their own origins and importance. Palam from Limbus, Syabru from Sherpas, Selo from Tamangs, Kaura from Magars, Hakpare from Eastern states, etc. make us rich in folk songs. We respect Deuda from Far-Western, Holi songs from Terai, Sakiyapaiya from Tharus, Newari songs, Teej songs, etc. equally.

Here are some of the songs:

1. Tamang Selo: This is sung in mid hilly regions by Tamang community.

Ghorki Syauri Gyalmari

Gengla Tukra Supari

Geng Tukrata Syauri Se Dhuike Laji Chyago

 

2. Eastern Folk Song: This is sung in eastern regions while doing household chores.

Himchuliko Hiu Ko Paani

Goganpaat Le Piula Hajur

Yeti Ramro Dhalke Jowan

Timilai Nai Diula Hajur

 

3. Hori Song: This is sung in eastern Terai regions, specially in Mithila areas during Holi festival.

Mithilame Ram Khelat Hori Mithilame

Kinaka Ke Haath Kanak Pichkari

Kinaka Ke Haath Abir Jhori

Mithilame....

Ramji Ke Haath Kanaka Pichkari

Siyaji Ke Haath Abir Jhori

Mithilame.... Mithilame Ram....

 

4. Teej Song: This is sung mostly by Hindu females during Teej festival.

Teejko Bela Sabai Janchhan Maaita

Aafno Maaiti Muglaan Paari Chhaina Saaita

Yo Ramailo Belama Jaana Paryo Melama

Mai Chhori Aansu Khasyo Daila Thelama

 

5. Deuda Song: This is sung in far western Nepal during various festivals and occasions.

Rai Jhuma Jhuma Kya Maskya Chhan Ho, Rai Jhuma

Chaubandi Dhakako Cholo, Chhitko Fariyaki

Paatali Ghar Kahan Ho Tamro Baisa Bhariyaki

Ma Ta Rai Jhuma, Jhuma Kya Maskya Ki Chha Ho, Rai Jhuma

 

6. Palam Song: This is sung in eastern regions by Limbu community.

Singhao Thungwe Kakma Faag

Minchhangen Aani Yammi Saag

Iksagen Khambek Aadhokhelle

Thingnamdat Sarak Aabokhelle

  • Folk Songs are locally composed supported by local musical instruments having melody tone and lyrics which has humorous expressions and sentimental message.
  • There are different folk songs sang at different occasions ans places. The folk songs sang at fairs, markets, chautaris, etc. all have their own melody and importance.

  • Our culture and country can be even richer if we can conserve, protect and advertise these heritages.

    Deusi-Bhailo songs played in Tihar, Malashree tune played in Dashain, Asare Bhaka sang while planting rice, or Sakela sang in Udhauli-Ubhauli, etc folk songs have their own origins and importance.

  • Palam from Limbus, Syabru from Sherpas, Selo from Tamangs, Kaura from Magars, Hakpare from Eastern states, etc. make us rich in folk songs.

  • We respect Deuda from Far-Western, Holi songs from Terai, Sakiyapaiya from Tharus, Newari songs, Teej songs, etc. equally.

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Very Short Questions

Attitude of new generation is declining towards folk songs and folk music because of the following reasons:

  • Attraction towards the western culture:
    The western culture is mostly based on modern technology. The songs and music in the western culture are very fast and easy to learn in comparison to Nepali folk instruments and songs. So, the new generation is attracted towards the western songs and music.
  • Lack of enough publicity:
    The musical instrument and folk songs of Nepal are not identified or developed properly. They are beyond of young generation. They are region based or caste based i.e. they are not easily accessible to the new generation; they are not well publicized in the medias.
  • Influence of multi cultures:
    Because of the advancement is highly developed and spreader in the world, there is very easy access to the means of communication. The young generation has enough option to choose, so they choose the hifi culture of music and song, because of which they keep less or no interest in Nepali songs and music.
  • Roles of media:
    Modern means of communication are profit motives. They use modern songs, music and dances to promote their business in which folk song, music dances cannot complete because of their limitations. In this way, the attitude of new generation is declining towards folk songs and folk music in Nepal.

A cultural fair to promote folk song is going to be organized in my community. To make the fair effective, I suggest the following points:

  • I would first suggest to the chairman or the co-coordinator of the fair to make a plan about the budget, programme venue, time competitors, guest singers, artists, technicians etc.
  • With the concern of the chairman, I would take some responsibilities to make the fair a success; I would do some works myself because it becomes my duty to do something.
  • I would help to the organizer by assisting their works; suggest them to manage the programme properly.
  • I would suggest to the organizer to award the prizes to the winners and continue such kind of programmes in the days to come etc.

A brief life sketch of Jhalak Man Gandharba and Tara Devi with special reference to their contribution in the field of folk songs is given below:
Jhalak Man Gandharba: Jhalak Man Gandharba was born on 12 Baishak 1992 at Batulechaur, Pokhara. Jhalak Man didn't get school education. He spent nearly eight years without doing anything special. He started ancestral occupation of playing Sarangi and singing songs from the age of nine. He collected several songs and managed them in order. He composed some songs himself. He composed music to those songs and sang them. He took part in numerous musical competition. He stood first in folk song competition in 2022 BS held by Radio Nepal. Jhalakman joined his career in Radio Nepal as musical instrument player in 2024 BS. He has recorded over 250 songs. These songs are melodious. His music is fabulous. He got retired from Radio Nepal in 2052 BS. His songs speaks the truth, torment and aches of our society. He is decorated with several titles and awards. Still he sings songs composing music himself. He is a great personality of Nepal.

Tara Devi was born on Bhadra 2, 2002 at Indra chok, Kathmandu. She started singing from her childhood days. Her first music teacher was Ustad Bhairab Thapa. She got her formal education up to SLC level. Then she went to Allahabad. There she followed a regular course in classical music and passed "Sangeet Bisharead" (Diploma in Music). She started working in Radio Nepal as a singer from 2015 BS. She has recorded more than four thousands songs. She won several titles and awards, like Gorkha Dakshinbahu, Tri-shaktipatta, Indra Rajyalaxmi award and several prizes from Radio Nepal and other organizations for her beautiful songs. She has sung devotional, modern, folk and semi classical songs. She has shown excellence in all types of songs. Her name is popular not only within Nepal but also among the Nepali Speaking Communities all over the world.

I will ask the following questions, if I meet with a famous folk singer:

  • Would you please tell us when you started singing?
  • How many songs have you recorded so far?
  • What should we do to sing the song?
  • What should we do record the song?
  • Which song are you going to record and release in the near future?
  • Will you sing one song for us?

I can play the following roles for the preservation of the folk songs:

  • Sing and request others to sing the song from time to time
  • Organize folk song competition during fairs
  • Reward and honour the folk singers
  • Record the song and visualized it
  • Publicize the song all over the country

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  • Who is known as 'Nightingale of Nepal'?

    Tara Devi
    Pasang Lamhu Sherpa
    Aruna Lama
    Kunti Moktan
  • Tara Devi died at the age of

    50
    60
    70
    65
  • Jhalakman gandarbha was

    a social worker
    a doctor
    a superstar
    a pioneer
  • Malshree tune is played in which ocassion?

    Teej
    Dashain
    Maghe Sakranti
    Buddha Purnima
  • What is folk song?

    Song that represent country.
    Song that represent living style.
    Song that represent place, culture, race, etc.
    Song that represent personal feelings.
  • When was Jhalakman Gandarbha born?

    12th Baishakh 1992 BS
    15th Baishakh 1993 BS
    11th Baishakh 1991 BS
    20th Baishakh 1990
  • When was Tara Devi born?

    10th Bhadra, 2003
    5th Bhadra, 2005 BS
    2nd Bhadra, 2002 BS
    3rd Bhadra 2002 BS
  • Tara devi started to work as a singer in Radio Nepal from:

    2012 BS
    2017 BS
    2015 BS
    2013 BS
  • When did Tara devi die?

    2061 BS
    2062 BS
    2063 BS
    2060 BS
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