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
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
Lalitpur sub-metropolitan city, popularly known as Patan, is one of the most vibrant cities of Nepal. It is located 5 kilometers south-east of Kathmandu and its urban history dating back to as far as 2300 years. Lalitpur is simple, but full of tourists during the high season. The daily life in the city can be busy and bustling most days, with customers visiting the many local shops and families either taking their children to school or joining for prayer at a temple in the famous and beautiful, Patan Dubar Square.
The city is also renowned the world over for its traditional Nepali art and craftsmanship, and has been home to a number of famous artists and master craftsmen that produce beautiful thangka paintings, jewelry, and metalworks, to name a few.