Musica Music Institute

Patan, Lalitpur District, Nepal

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The music program that began in Hari Kul's humble drum shop in Lalitpur has expanded into the newly-founded Musica Music Institute. The new, expanded program, established by brothers Dinesh and Mahesh Nakarmi (pictured left), 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 in Laliptur District, Nepal is lead by seven talented teachers, including former Hari Kul student, Lama Maya, 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.

A great example of the impact this program is already having on its students is the talented Anu. Anu (pictured right) has been participating in the program over the past year and is already developing a strong stage presence combined with a powerful voice. She took center stage during the 2014 PFC Day concert in Laliptur and made a significant impression on her local community.

Stay tuned! We'll be sharing more from Anu, her fellow students and teachers over the coming weeks and months.



  • 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. 



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May 28, 2015



There have been many long and fear-filled days and nights since the earthquake and aftershocks devastated Nepal in early April. We have been in constant communication with our music teachers and friends on the ground, and there is much love to be found.
To both encourage and support our PFCF Musica family in Nepal, we want to raise $7,500 in the next several weeks so that our Asia Programs Coordinator, William Aura, will have as many resources as possible for the people when he travels to Nepal in the coming days…


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.

  • Vocals

    Expression through the use of the human voice is very important in Nepalese culture. Our music students are learning western-style singing, Nepali folksongs and traditional music.

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  • Keyboard

    Former student, now instructor Lama Maya teaches keyboards and basic notation to the students. There's also harmonium as well as modern-day keyboards.

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  • Guitar

    The guitar, a common instrument in the west was somewhat foreign to the youth at our program in Nepal. After instruction and some practice, several Musica students were able to pick up on the string instrument almost instantly, a pleasant surprise...

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  • Drums

    The students at Musica are learning to play on a standard drum kit consisting of a snare drum, bass (or kick) drum, tom-tom drums, a hi-hat and cymbals.

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  • 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.