Musica Music InstitutePatan, Lalitpur District, Nepal
The Hari Kul Music Program has been a source of music and inspiration for young people in the Lalitpur district of Nepal for the past three years. We have been honored and humbled by Hari’s dedication to serve and his skill as an artisan. The music program that began in his humble drum shop has expanded into the newly-founded Musica Music Institute.
The PFCF team consistently works to make sure the schools and programs are supported, and that the teachers, students, and surrounding communities are being heard and able to access all that the programs have to offer. We listened to the community, students and teachers at the Hari Kul program and we worked with them to identify the best ways to grow and strengthen what Hari has created.
We decided together that it’s time to take the program in a new direction. The legacy Hari began will continue by expanding the music program in Lalitpur to include more teachers, more students and to become our first public music program in Nepal. Through Hari’s work we have seen the students grow as people and musicians, some have now become teachers who will take what they’ve been taught and share that knowledge with other children.
The new, expanded program has access to computers, the ability to introduce recording classes and will hold more public performances so the students can showcase what they’ve learned. The program, now titled the Musica Music Institute in Laliptur District, Nepal is lead by seven talented teachers and over forty students attending music classes in vocals, keyboard, guitar and drums. Hari will continue to be involved in the program as a mentor and lead workshops with the students.
The Musica Music Institute is already establishing itself as a source of inspiration and creative expression for Nepali youth. We’re excited about the new possibilities this program will bring.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman
Buys materials to repair and expand the school building and outdoor classroom
MEET WITH A STUDENT
Sharley loves to play the keyboard and sing. She has one brother and greatly influenced by her family, especially her cousin.
Student performance at Hari Kul’sby William Aura
During a recent PFCF visit, over 15 music students participated in a rousing musical and dance performance delighting everyone in attendance. The kids had been rehearsing quite a while for this presentation. Original songs were written in our honor and the children gave their all. We could see definitive improvement over last year’s visit. Hari is doing a very good job. Despite experiencing a chilling Himalayan evening, this very special performance warmed our hearts.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
Nearby Hari Kul’s shop, a number of musicians, family and friends gather at Patan Durbar Square to celebrate one of the most dazzling of all Hindu festivals – Tihar, the festival of lights. During the festival the devoted worship Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. All the houses are cleaned and decorated with the belief that Goddess Laxmi will enter the house that is the cleanest. People light candles, oil lamps and other lights and the whole place sparkles like a diamond.
The fifth and last day of Tihar is a day where sisters put a "Tika" on the forehead of brothers, to ensure long life, and thank them for the protection they give. The brothers in return give a gift. A special garland is made for the brothers out of a flower that wilts after a couple of months, symbolizing the sister's prayer for her brother's long life.