An interview with Hari Poudel.
Hailed from Bhale Gaun, Goshi Block, Dagana and resettled from Pathri Morang to Michigan, Hari Poudel is a renowned Dohori Singer in Nepal. His first album, Pani Amala released in 2062 BS gave him a good fame. His recently released album Malai Timi Man Paryo is presently streaming in the Nepali Market. Here is the excerpts from his interview with Bhutaneseartists.com:
Q. How did you enter into the musical field?
A. It is difficult to say it exactly when and how I started. However, it was during the time when I was in 4th Grade, Laxmi Prasad Adhikari, and my Teacher, told me to sing a song and sang for the first time. Since then I was encouraged by my friends and teachers. I moved to Pathri from Beldangi Camp and was involved in musical field. On 17th December, 2000 we observed the National Day of Bhutan in Pathri where a musical program was a part of it. I was given a chance by one my teachers Rup Narayan Pokhrel to sing seven songs at a time. This was one of my great times and encouragement to enter into the field.
Q. Did you take any formal musical education?
A. You know what…I was interested in comedian dance too and started to learn in a musical school, Shrijana Kala Kendra in Pathri Bazar. I had to pay 350 NC every month for Music and Dance which was really heavy at the time of my financial difficulty. So, I learnt dance just for three months and music for a year.
Q. Can you tell me in brief, how you have carried on musical activities while in the camp?
A Well, I was associated with Bihani club of Bhutan and in the mean time I was a student of Shrijana Kala Kendra near the camp, I was much active in organizing and participating in cultural programs.
Q. Did you participate in any musical competition?
A. Yes, I did. It was in Morang District, Sanichare VDC there was a completion held for Eastern Zones of Nepal where 1st Position was taken by Sagarmatha zone and I stood 2nd position from Mechi Zone. I had sung Malai sanju Relimai.
Q. You mentioned that you had a very hard time financially managing to go to musical school. How did you manage to produce albums?
A. Well, I have an interesting story. I would not be able to sing like this. However my mother is great. Of course mothers are always great but my mom is more than that. She had her gold ornaments which was deposited by herself and took out 25000 NC, Gyanu Rai who produced Jhupadeeko Jindagi gave me 5000 NC and Goma Dhungel one of my neighbors gave 15000 NC. Many others like Kiran Sharma Gautam, D R Gautam helped me personally. All these people deserve a lot of respect.
Q. Do you have any moment in the musical field that you remember the most?
A. Of course. During the inauguration of one of my albums Pani Amala, Mahes Budathoki (singer of Kafal Gedi Kutukai) honored me so much which made me roll down my tears. I felt I achieved my success, and realized hard work really counts.
Q. You mentioned “one of my albums”, how many albums do you have?
A. I have only two albums.
Q. What are those?
1. Pani Amala and
2.Malai Timi Man Paryo.
Q. How many songs do they each have?
A. There are two songs in Pani Amala each of 22 and 23 minutes.
Q. Are the songs solo or duet?
A. They are both dual songs I sang with Sindhu Malla.
Q. Didn’t you feel it was a risk? What made you produce this album?
A. As I said, my mother encouraged me. Secondly, while observing refugee day there was a singing competition. All the ranks 1st, 2nd and 3rd were written by me. I was fairly confident, that the songs would not go flopped. This confidence of mine led to produce the second album.
Q. How about malai Timi man paryo?
A. This is my second album that I talked just before. It has seven songs. Five of them have visuals. My friend Audi Gurung and I went to Myagdi District Babya Chaur 8, 17 Dhara. There was a club called Mallika Youth Club which had also operated a boarding school. Within three months, we made the school like a music school; meanwhile it was progressing academically very well. This club finally became a very good help in making my 2nd album.
Q. Which is your first recorded song?
A. It is the same, Pani Amala with Sindhu Malla.
Q. You being an Eastern Nepali-Bhutanese how come to get influenced in singing Western Nepali Songs?
A. Good questions, I am frequently asked the same questions. I was working in the western part of Nepal like Shyanja and also associated with Adharsha Club in Shyanja, I usually used to sing songs of Jhalak Man Gandharba, Badri Pangini, Narayan Rayamajhi, Bhagawan Bhandari who became my favorite fingers. Perhaps this is the reason, I was directed to.
Q. Who are your Favorite singers?
A. Well, I mentioned some just before and some more like sindhu Malla, Abha Mukarung, Mandapi Tripathi, Jhalak Man Gandharba, Badri Pangini, Narayan Rayamajhi, Bhagawan Bhandari.
Q. Do you also sing Hindi Songs?
A. I like to listen but singing Hindi songs are really difficult.
Q. What gives you satisfaction in musical field?
A. Music has some magic which I can’t express in words, the bliss that comes from. Meeting with people and known by many is another good part.
Q. Do you feel that your works got valued?
A. Of course yes.
Q. What are you doing at present?
A. Just arrived some months before and could not decide what to do. Just wondering about.
Q. Your desire and future plan?
A. If time favors I would compose and sing more songs and shall try to preserve the value of Nepali folk songs.
Q. Any special Message?
A. We Bhutanese are resettled to different parts of the world. Wherever we are, we should not forget our culture of being Bhutanese Nepali and our traditional heritage. We should try to preserve what our forefathers have given the good things. And finally thanks to bhutaneseartists.com.Save to del.icio.us
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