International Folk Muisic Film Festival-2013

Music For Life, Music For Survival

In 1997, Music Museum of Nepal was founded as the Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum (NFMIM), a government registered charity, by Ram Prasad Kadel. It was established with a view to collecting, conserving and promoting Nepal’s declining folk musical culture. By 2002 the museum’s instrument collection had become the largest and most comprehensive in Nepal so a decision was taken to open to the public. Finally, in 2007 NFMIM, by then holding more than 260 types of instrument, was re-housed in larger and more suitable premises at Tripureswor Mahadev Temple and renamed Music Museum of Nepal. Over the years the museum has continued to expand and has broadened its scope to include the rediscovery, conservation and promotion of the entire spectrum of the traditional folk musical heritage of Nepal.

Nepal has more than 100 different ethnic groups and casts, each with their own musical cultural traditions to mark every occasion and rite of passage from birth to death and beyond. Nepali people arrange multifarious musical ceremonies according to their own caste’s customs and rituals; Gaine, Damai & Badi people are ancestrally professional musicians. Our research has identified more than 605 distinct folk musical instruments in this small, but culturally rich, nation. We believe that Nepal’s folk music culture belongs to all our peoples from the high Himalaya to the plains of the Teraai Region; we wish all to appreciate the richness and vulnerability of their heritage and to share it with the rest of the world.  We maintain that authentic Nepali music runs through the veins of all proud Nepalese citizens.                         

Because modern western music often overshadows indigenous music, we believe there is an urgent need to inform and involve younger people in all aspects of Nepali folk music; hence the theme of this Folk Music Film Festival ‘Music for life, music for survival’.

Our Regular and Ongoing Activities
  • Identification of endangered folk musical instruments and their musicians.
  • Collection of over 400 different folk musical instruments from all over Nepal.
  • Research into the names and origins of folk musical instruments and their relationship to specific ethnic groups or castes.                                      
  • Music classes for adults and children including instrument playing techniques, singing, and musical notation.
  • Regular concerts e.g. featuring rare instruments or music of a particular caste are broadcast live each Saturday on FM radio.
  • Publication of books, training manuals, audio CDs and DVDs
  • The audiovisual recording of instrument making craftsmen, traditional folk musicians, singers, dancers and choreographers.
  • Collection of lyrics and melodies.
  • Transcription of melodies in both Nepali and western musical notation.
  • Development of the museum as a facilitated and sophisticated musical resource centre with comprehensive, archive, database and library of video and audio recordings, books, manuscripts, photographs, documents, Guthi records, music scores etc. for the use of students and researcher workers.

· Support of poor Nepali Folk Musicians and their families.

· Providing study bursaries for talented young musicians.

  • Forming international links with individual musicians, musicologists and music institutions etc. in other countries.

· Promoting music festivals and competitions in many districts of Nepal.

  • The public display of rare instruments and their musicians at festivals.
  • Raising the status of folk musicians, dancers, singers and associated craft workers.

Music Museum of Nepal, Kathmandu hosted the first, second, third & fourth International Folk Music Film Festival in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and join us this year and share our enjoyment. 26th -29th November 2015.