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Old songs depict human reality, emotions: Shrestha



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By Renuka Dhakal

Kathmandu, Jan. 25: Music is an art that touches the hearts and minds of everyone. Music has its own rhythm, tune, sound and creation that brings joy to the listeners. Every year many new songs come to the music market.
But only a few of them manage to last long, others disappear within a few months from the minds of the listeners as well as from the market.
There are some good songs in the Nepali music fraternity that have been still the choice of people of all ages for many years to till now.
One of the most popular film songs ‘Mohani Lagla Hai’ by Narayan Gopal and Asha Bosle was first sung in 1991. They had sung this song for the commercially most successful Nepali cinema ‘Chino’. This song is still alive in the music world.
‘Mohani Lagla Hai’ is famous not only in Nepal but also in India.
Its rhythm is quite melodious so this song has succeeded to live in the heart of everyone, said Sumit Amatya, 31, a fan of the song.
Shambhu Prasad Gautam, 59, currently working in the TU Teaching Hospital, always tends to sing old Nepali songs. He always plays the old Nepali songs in his mobile.
“The old Nepali songs are different, nothing can beat their quality,” Gautam said.
His one of the all-time favourite songs is ‘Ghumtima Na Aau Hai’ sung by Prem Dhoj Pradhan. He said he liked the song because of its lyric and melody.
“I am an ardent fan of ‘Resam Firiri” said Kanchan Bhattarai, 27, currently an MA student of Gender Study at TU. She said she loved the lyric of the old music.
The song sung by Sunder Shrestha and Dwarika Lal Joshi and aired by Radio Nepal in 1970 became super hit. Even 50 years after it was aired first, the song is equally popular today among the people of all age groups.
According to famous singer Deep Shrestha, the old music could produce extraordinary emotions among listeners.
“The old songs are natural and depict human reality and emotions. Likewise, the earlier songs used to be okayed in one take so the music could be listened sweet, but nowadays the music is recorded in the multi-track,” Shrestha said.
He remembers that he had trouble getting to record multi – track music in the beginning. Shrestha had started his singing career in 1968 and he has recorded more than 400 songs till now, including his popular number ‘Ma Ta Dur Dhekhi Aaye'.
Many talented singers had left many timeless songs for Nepali music fans in the last four decades. Narayan Gopal, Tara Devi, Prem Dhoj Pradhan, Arun Thapa, Deep Shrestha, Aruna Lama and others made a huge a contribution to enrich Nepali music industry by offering several melodious songs. 

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