Musica Music Institute

Patan, 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.

  • Meet the students and teachers of the Hari Kul school in Lalitpur, Nepal

  • For years, Hari Kul has taken in children who have no means of support, and freely teaches them music. 



Madal drum

Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman

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Building Materials

Buys materials to repair and expand the school building and outdoor classroom

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Jun 13, 2013

Student performance at Hari Kul’s

by 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.


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.

  • Piano

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  • Acoustic guitar

    The acoustic guitar is a chordophone constructed of a resonating body, a neck (or fretboard), and strings (anywhere from four to eighteen, though commonly seen with six). It is played by plucking, strumming, slapping, and picking with a plectrum...

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  • Bass Guitar

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  • Hari Lal Kul

    Hari is a master drum maker taught by his renowned father. He selflessly provides music lessons to local disadvantaged students in picturesque Lalitpur, Nepal. Hari has created some of the most unique percussion instruments we’ve ever seen.

  • Dinesh and Mahesh Nakarmi

    Dinesh & Mahesh are deeply grateful to be a part of the Playing for Change family. We are inspired by their gentleness and grace. You will be hearing a lot more about them and the extraordinary students that come together to form a most dynamic program in Lalitpur, Nepal.

  • Lama Maya

    Lama Maya began as a young music student with the Hari Kul music program and now she has evolved to become a keyboard teacher herself with the Musica Music Institute. Congratulations Lama Maya for working so hard to make your dream come true.