KATHMANDU: Musician and singer Chetan Sapkota spills out his political discontentment and frustration through his new song ‘Buddha Pathai Deu‘. Even though Nepal is ruled by a government with a two-thirds majority, it has failed to bring about any substantial changes in the economic and political fronts.
There has been widespread frustration among the people. After analyzing the current situation, singer Sapkota has through his song appealed to send the ‘Buddha’ (Gautham Buddha), the apostle of peace, to ensure peace, stability, and development in the country.
Through his newly composed song, this musician-cum-singer has made it a point to pray the God to send a ‘hero’, who can selflessly contribute towards leading Nepal to the path of prosperity.
His well-composed song means a lot. Sapkota has meticulously played with the lyrics encompassing all elements that are prevalent in the Nepalis society. The ‘protagonist’, as he mentions, need not be of any certain caste or creed. “The hero must represent the true identity of being a Nepali, a hero with a pure heart and soul, who has nothing but a nation that is deeprooted within his heart.
Another message that he has tried to impart is that the country is looking for a hero whose primary focus would be towards development, inclusion, integration, and unity.
He idealizes a person like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Mahathir Bin Mohamad of Malaysia, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Margaret Hilda Thatcher of Great Britain, Ronald Wilson Reagan of USA, and Pierre Trudeau of Canada, who can take the country to a new height.
So far, Sapkota has given music to more than 500 songs after he started to work as a musician in the year 2000. He has worked in 70 films and has recorded around 70 songs in his own voice.
He has given creation to films like Chhatan, Ajambari Nata, Dada Giri, Lajja, Bhag Sani Bhagi, and dozens of other movies.
Talking to Khabarhub, he expressed concern over the trend of recent music scenario, especially with the younger generation, who have been involved in this sector to gain popularity within a certain time-frame.
But earlier, singers, writers, and musician used to work really hard while creating a song. Hard work makes a song popular and melodious giving it an ‘evergreen’ flavor.
“For instance, listening to the songs of Narayan Gopal, Gopal Yongan, Tara Devi, Amar Gurung, Ram Thapa, Dip Shreshta, and dozens of other popular singers gives you a soothing ambiance,” he said.
Asked about placing the Nepali music into the international arena, Sapkota suggested that the song should have Nepali fervor and gaiety, not copied or influenced.
“We should have cultural exchanges and cultural events in a foreign land along with regular music and cultural events to be organized to make Nepali music and culture more familiar in foreign lands,” he said.
“Songs should have a national feeling representing the country originality,” he concludes.