Join us for a concert of music for the sarangi performed by Nepalese musician Shyam Nepali. Currently living and working in the United States, Shyam has performed in many concerts and special events related to the Nepali earthquake and its aftermath. His premiere performance with Dance Theater of Nepal was at the Children’s Museum of Art in SoHo where he also conducted a music workshop for children. Shyam, started his education (singing, dancing and playing sarangi) at the age of eight with his grandfather Magar Gaine Gandharba and father Ram Sharan Nepali, both renowned sarangi maestros of Nepal. Shyam made his first public appearance at a musical competition held at the Royal Nepal Academy at the age of 15. Later on, he formed the music ensemble Surva and released his first CD. His discography currently includes more than 45 publications. He is now one of the most noteworthy instrumentalists of Nepal. His Sarangi playing reflects both the typical Nepalese and fusion style, which is remarkably very soft and melodious. He has rendered more than 5000 performances both in Nepal and abroad.
Shyam is popular as a talented and innovative musician who can play classical, folk and contemporary music in Nepal today. Shyam’s philosophy is two-fold. Firstly, he, as a musician who seeks to devotes himself to the art of his ethnic Gandarba music and his instrument Sarangi, celebrating it as the symbol of loving and respecting one’s own traditional music and conserving it. Secondly, he seeks to inspire young musicians by playing raga, modern and indigenous folk music with world music in a way that is faithful to the spirit of the music. Various popular Nepalese instrumental bands such as ‘Kutumba’, ‘Sakchyam’, ‘Nayan’ take Mr. Shyam as their patron and inspiration.