KATHMANDU, June 23: Kutumba, the Nepali folk band, is on a school-to-school tour to perform for students in Kathmandu. The band members plan to perform at 14 schools in order to promote Nepali instruments and to collect stationery for children living in rural Nepal.
The students of Rupy’s International School got a taste of authentic Nepali tunes on June 22.
“We wanted to go to different schools to perform,” said Pavit Maharjan, percussionist and spokesperson of the band, and added, “By collecting stationery and distributing it to the rural areas, we’ll be benefiting people.”
So far, the band has visited six schools in the Valley, including British School, Rato Bangla School besides Rupy’s International School.
Kutumba is well known for playing folk music which has also been described as the true sound of Kathmandu Valley, and for their philanthropic endeavors.
Sponsored by Ncell, their musical performances at Rupy’s, for instance, saw students dancing and clapping to their tunes, aided by the participation Astha Tamang Maskey’songs and the Everest B. Boys’ dances. The show lasted for two hours.
“Our main mission is to attract Nepali students to Nepali music in the way they are attracted to western music. But until and unless we perform, no one will truly understand the music,” said Arun Gurung, manager and tech coordinator for Kutumba.
“I like traditional music. We don’t usually have these sorts of performances in our school. So it’s interesting to experience our culture in this way,” said Aryaa Rajouria of Rupy’s International School.
After performing at Rupy’s, Kutumba has eight more schools to visit, and they hope to promote Nepali music and collect stationery through their “fusion of Nepali instruments” school programs.