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Mitrata Nepal Music Program

Kathmandu, Nepal

Mitrata means friendship in Nepali. It’s a word that epitomizes the meaning of love, care and support, so it's no surprise that when Nanda Kulu founded the Mitrata Nepal Foundation, she gave it this name.

In 2000 Nanda established very special home that currently provides shelter, medical care and educational opportunities for approximately 50 children. Most children residing at Mitrata were either abandoned or rescued from troubled homes. In Nepal, many children are without food, on the streets and unable to attend school because they are too poor. 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. 

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 and 1 visual art class taught every Saturday morning. The children are very fortunate as the teaching staff is first rate. Sarangi, flute, madal drums, traditional Nepali dance and art classes are taught to engaged students grateful for the opportunity. It’s deeply inspiring to watch these dedicated musicians work with these precious children.

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Meet our Students


Ishowri has been living at the Mitrata Orphanage for over 8 years . She has dreams of... more


Chitra has 3 brothers, one sister and his father is a farmer. He loves to play flute and... more


Jul 04, 2014

The Moment We Live For | A Letter From Dinesh

By Shauna Murray

Dinesh is twelve years old and a student at the Mitrata Nepal Music Program in Kathmandu, Nepal. Each Saturday morning, the students all gather to practice drumming and dancing. Dinesh told us he feels proud because “I get some important knowledge by learning music in the classes.” He is currently working on his skills playing the Madal drum. more

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.

What We're Learning

  • Sarangi

    The Sarangi is a folk Nepalese string instrument. Unlike Classical Indian Sarangi, it has four strings and all of them are played. Although originally used for voice accompaniments, the Sarangi gained a reputation as a wonderful solo instrument....

  • Bansuri

    The Bansuri is an ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition. The word Bansuri is actually the conjunction of two words – ‘Baans’ means bamboo and ‘Sur’ means musical note. It is one of the oldest musical...

  • Madal drum

    The Madal double-headed drum of Nepalese origin is used for rhythm keeping in Nepalese folk music. A wooden log is carved to form a hollow cavity, and the two opposite openings are covered with cow leather. The heads are not the same size; the...


Kiran Nepali

Sarangi teacher Mitrata Music Program, Kathmandu, Nepal. Kiran plays sarangi for... more

Rameshowr Maharjan

Percussion teacher Mitrata Nepal Music Program, Kathmandu, Nepal. Master... more