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Dreams of the World: Sarangi Player from Pokhara (Nepal)

Bukun Ghandavra belongs to the Gaine, a musician cast in Nepal. Photograph © KIKE CALVO
Bukun Ghandavra belongs to the Gaine, a musician cast in Nepal. Photograph © KIKE CALVO

This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels.

“My dream is to continue playing the Sarangi. I belong to the Gandharwa , a musician cast. Both my mother and father played the same instrument, a four-stringed violin-like instrument.  About 300 years ago my cast, the Gandharwa , delivered news through music. Today we still sing ballads from village to village,”  explains Bukun Ghandavra, who was born in Thanau Tanaw, a village near Pokhara. He started playing the Sarangi at the age of 21 and since then he has played continuously for the last 16 years ago.  “There is no appreciation for this instrument in Nepal,” he says.” In other countries they love my music. Music has not made me a rich man, but thanks to music, I have been able to perform in Japan, Korea, Ireland and Australia. “

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  1. bibek bdr balami
    kathmandu, nepal
    December 27, 2013, 11:54 am

    i would really like to contact Mr. Bukun Ghandavra to approach him for a performance how can i contact him.

  2. Ryan Dhakal
    August 14, 2013, 11:56 am

    I am a Nepalese, naturalized American. This picture is nostalgic to me!

  3. fugare
    August 14, 2013, 11:38 am

    @Julie Weinhouse .. think of caste in the east as race in the west. Caste by itself has nothing to do with “untouchability”, again in same way as discrimination with race.

  4. Julie Weinhouse
    Los Angeles, CA
    August 13, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I had no idea there’s an untouchable caste of musicians. I would think a musician caste would be much more elevated.