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. Mitrata Nepal's mission is to serve and uplift the less privileged. It had always been Nanda'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 place 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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  • Mitrata Nepal Music Program

  • "Music Gives Us Peace"

  • Meet the students: Ishowri

  • Meet the students: Chitra

  • Mitrata Nepal Performance Part 1:: The Mitrata students perform together for the first time, and are joined by a very special guest-- Japanese dancer, Minako Abe!

  • Mitrata Nepal Performance Part 2



Nepali Flute

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Madal drum

Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman

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Jul 03, 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.


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.

  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Kiran Nepali

    Kiran not only teaches but also performs the sarangi for the renowned Nepali super-group Kutumba. He is the one that introduced PFCF to Mitrata Nepal in the first place. Kiran studied at Tribhuvan University and lives outside Kathmandu in Kritipur, Nepal.

  • Rameshowr Maharjan

    Master percussionist Rameshowr comes from a deep-rooted musical family. Well loved by his students, his personal teaching style is infectiously fun. Rameshowr is also a very popular tour guide in the area and speaks Spanish as well as English.

  • Raman Maharjan

    Raman simply loves to play his beloved Bansuri flute. He soft and gentle teaching style is very effective for the children. Raman recently recorded a performance for PFC3 in the picturesque location of his hometown Kritipur.