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Manose Treats New Yorkers to Sounds of Nepalese Mountain Music

Nepalese flutist Manose playing Rajamati at Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Photos: eEyeCam

New York, October 10, 2008- Finally, for the first time in this world capital city of New York, Manose, the popular young Nepalese flutist (Basuri badak), performed the most magical and mystical Nepalese mountain music and North Indian classical ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

He played Raga ‘Bhupali’, the classical evening music, ‘Malshri’, traditional music played during Dashain, ‘Rajamati’, the popular music of Kathmandu Valley’s Newari folklore, and the evergreen Nepalese folk music and song ‘Resham phiriri’.

Manose (in center) with Naren Budhakar (in Tabla) and Marina Stanton (in Tambora).
Audience members were mostly American, and a few Indian and Nepalese. They were put into trance by the melodious Raga Bhupali, the classical Hindustani evening raga which describes the melancholy of the twilight moment of day. For Manose, it was mission accomplished!

Manose once again demonstrated why Nepalese mountain music is so popular and so easy to sing when the entire audience joined him in singing “Resham phiriri resham phiriri udera jauki dadamaa bhanjyang resham phiriri” (Meaning: The silk is flowing with the wind and I am feeling so light that I want to fly to the mountains and the valleys).

That’s true, for whoever goes to Nepal for trekking for one week or one month returns from the mountains singing this same song. However, here at the Rubin Museum auditorium, Americans were able to sing it as Manose repeated the lyrics just a couple of times.

Manose (in center) with Naren Budhakar (in Tabla) and Marina Stanton (in Tambora). Photos: eEyeCam

Manose was accompanied by two talented musicians- Naren Budhakar (on Tabla) and Marina Stanton (on Tambora). Naren hails from Pune, Maharashtra, India but has been performing Tabla around the world and now lives in New York. Interesting to mention is, Manose and Naren met just half an hour before the program but they were perfectly in sync. On the other hand, Marina was there with her soft but perfected fingers to release the strings of the Tambora to the tune of Manose’s flute. There couldn't have been a better ensemble!

Manose with Tim McHenry, Producer, Rubin Museum of Art.

John Paul Densmore, a popular American musician and songwriter once said, “The sound of Manose’s flutes, are the sound of Gods…there is a direct link. If you’re open to it, they will speak through him.”

Manose is the composer of 4 solo Nepalese music albums: Notes from Home: Himalayan folk tunes, Suskera: solo bamboo flute, Dhyana Aman: meditation of no mind and Bansuri (flute).

Manose shared this story of how he started playing flute at the age of 8: “I grew up in Bauddha, Kathmandu where I used to play on the abode of the Baudhha Stupa. One evening, I heard soothing music and saw my neighbour playing it. I asked him what it was. The flutist said that this was a Basuri (flute). When I knew the music I heard was from this flute I said to myself, ‘This is what I am going to play’, and, tonight, here I am with my flute to play for you.”

Manose with Dr. William Westerman of Princeton University and Margaret Carne-Thapa, Vice Chair, US Nepal Media Center. Photos: eEyeCam

Many admirers refer to Manose as Nepal’s musical ambassador to the world as he continues to re-popularize the traditional flute by performing in global venues. In contrast to his deep knowledge and perfection in performing the melodies of traditional ragas, Manose was the first to introduce flute as a rock instrument. He is a member of the popular Nepalese rock music group ‘1974 AD’ with whom he played flute blending rock music.

As Manose continues his musical journey with his flute, we can rest assured that he will also make Nepal as well known for its beautiful music, as for the splendid mountains of the Himalayas.

-Pradeep Thapa Magar in New York. Comments? 551-358-7726

Learn more about:
Rubin Museum of Art (www.rmanyc.org)
» Manose (ManoseMusic.com)
» Naren Budhakar (Naren.org)
» Marina Stanton (Marina-MySpace)
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