Mitrata Nepal Music ProgramKathmandu, Nepal
Mitrata means friendship in Nepali. It’s a word that epitomizes the meaning of love, care and support. Their mission is to serve and uplift the less privileged. It has always been Nanda Kulu's dream to establish a home for underprivileged children, and through support from compassionate contributors this dream became a reality.
Started in 2000 by Nanda this very special orphanage currently provides shelter, medical care and educational opportunities for approximately 50 children. This is accomplished by fundraising activities, linking children in Nepal with sponsors overseas, and operationally supporting a group home. Nanda and her fine crew are dedicated to supporting these children into adulthood, assisting them in becoming healthy, economically independent, educated Nepali citizens who have the opportunity to pursue happiness in life.
Most children residing at Mitrata were either abandoned or rescued from troubled homes. The plight of children in Nepal is often desperate. Many are without food, on the streets and unable to attend school because they are too poor. Due to the devastating effects of the recent political conflict and civil war, there are more children without parents to care for them.
Sarangi master Kiran Nepali, of the popular Nepali music group Kutumba, teaches a music program at Mitrata. Kiran shared with us that the need was great for new instruments for the aspiring students. So with the help of PFCF, flutes, harmoniums, drums and Sarangis were purchased and happily received.
There are four dynamic music classes taught every Saturday morning. The children are very fortunate as the teaching staff is first rate. Sarangi, flute, madal drums and traditional Nepali dance classes are taught to engaged students grateful for the opportunity. It’s deeply inspiring to watch these dedicated musicians work with these precious kids.
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OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Provides a flute for a child in Nepal
Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman
MEET WITH A STUDENT
Sarangi student Sushmita is progressing quite well according to teacher Kiran Nepali. The country’s most beloved instrument is quite difficult to master. It takes an extraordinary effort on the part of the student to maintain their discipline. Sushmita is deeply dedicated to keeping the exotic sound of the Sarangi alive.
Mitrata Students at Durbar squareby William Aura
The Mitrata kids performed for the public in Patan Durbar Square. The audience was enthusiastic. The kids played music instruments, sang devotional songs and beautifully performed traditional ethnic dances. Nepali dance is a unique art form with a long history of tradition and meaning.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
The recently observed Dashain festival is the most important festival of the Nepalese. All the kids at Mitrata are in an enthusiastic holiday mood at the time of the festival. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. The market is filled with shoppers seeking new clothing, gifts, and enormous supplies of temple offering for the gods, as well as foodstuffs for the family feasting.
Fifteen festive days of celebration ended on the day of the full moon. Thorough out the kingdom of Nepal the goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable Pujas and abundant offerings. After receiving her blessing, people are ready to work and acquire virtue, power and wealth. Dashain is not only Nepal’s longest festival but also the most anticipated one among all festivals.