Organization - Music Museum of Nepal

Music Museum of Nepal
Basic Information
English Music Museum of Nepal
Local language Nepali Lokbaja Sangrahalaya
Country Nepal
Category Museum
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1995
  • To identify and collect endangered folk musical instruments
  • To conduct research and document folk songs, melodies, dances along with the performers and musicians
  • To digitize analog ICH materials of museum’s audio/visual archive
  • To promote music education amongst students, researchers and music lovers by developing the museum as resource centre with comprehensive, archive, database of audio/video, manuscripts, books, music stores etc.
  • To raise the status of folk musicians, dancers, singers and associated craft workers
  • To form international links with individual musicians, musicologists and music institutions.

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 1300 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 Terai 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.

Major Activities
  • Identification of endangered folk musical instruments and their musicians.
  • Collection of over 650 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.
  • Digitization of audio cassettes and Mini DVs of over 3000 hours, which represents only 10% of museum’s total analog archive.
Contact Information (Organization)
Website nepalmusicmuseum.orgg/
Address Mahadevbahal, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel +977 014242741, +977 9841373222

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