KATHMANDU, April 21: A fresh singer turned model in his own music video, 24 –year-old Azad Dhungana from Pokhara excitedly shares his joy with Republica’s Bandana Shah before the launch of his first album titled ‘71 Grams.’
When did the passion of music spark in you?
It’sbeen around seven years that I’ve been singing with friends for fun, taking it as a passionate hobby. At a professional level, I began to make contacts with musicians through links of my seniors. Thus my first song titled ‘Saathi’ was recorded in 2010.
How much attention do you give to music as your hobby?
I don’t have a band to jam up with or solitary time to rehearse. So music stays with me on the go. I’ve reached this stage of releasing my own album due to the support from my friends and an understanding family.
Your favorite musicians and inspiration?
I’m very much inspired by Deep Shrestha’s contributions to Nepali music. I don’t have a particular favorite but I like musicians from Slow Rock, R& B and Punk genres.
Where does education stand in your career?
Till now I’ve been an average student. I’m interested in fashion designing and music. I’ll take up either one subject. It’s important for an individual to know the basics of his interests and chosen career. Having educational knowledge is definitely a bonus.
Fiannly what is ’71 Grams’ about?
The name is a symbolic protest against piracy. A CD along with its cover weighs somewhere around 71 grams. A Nepali music CD costs around Rs. 200, which is cheaper compared to imported CDs. So to promote national music and musicians, my album is titled ’71 Grams.’
Azad Dhungana’s album was launched by Om Bikram Bista at UWTC, Tripureshwor on Friday, April 20.