Udayapur Music Program

Udayapur, Nepal

In the summer of 2007, PFCF peace soldier William Aura traveled to the remote village of Tintale in Nepal's eastern valley Udayapur district. At that time the place had no electricity, no telephones, and no modern sanitation. The people of Tintale had lived and worked in almost complete isolation from the outside world for centuries.

PFCF was honored to be able to make a contribution to the community by initiating a new music program with two teaching locations - one directly in Tintale village and one in nearby Katari Bazar, Udayapur, Nepal.

Local Tintale village schoolteachers teach harmonium, madal and dance classes to about 15 students, with a particular focus on girl enrollment. And in nearby Katari, music notation instructor Dhruba Kumar Ghimire patiently instructs the children on how to play the harmonium. He is also supported by other teachers that provide drum and guitar lessons.

Our efforts provide classroom space and brand-new music instruments for the students as well as humanitarian aid in Tintale village. Local PFCF supporters Ishor Bajracharya, Shyam Basnet and Sujan Karki administer this vital music program.

Photos from the Udayapur Music Program

  • "Five Years Later" After five years, it is clear that sustained music education is changing lives. 

  • "Building the Dream" More classrooms, solar power, internet, and medical aid arrive in Tintale Village

  • PFCF Volunteers Rashmi Adhikari and Shyam Basnet interview harmonium player and music teacher Dhruba Kumar Ghimire in Tintale Village, Nepal. Village flute teacher Jeevan Magar joins in as the conversation runs deep from how a body responds to playing music to the importance of the teacher’s attitude.

  • See how the Udayapur Music Program got its start in Tintale Village

  • Meet the students and teachers of Tintale Village, Nepal



Madal drum

Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman

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Funds three Nepali music programs for one month

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Dec 05, 2014


by Jen-Osh Buysse and Thea Karki

In the fall of 2013, students from the Multicultural Music Program at Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) in West Virginia, led by their teacher Jen-Osha Buysse, reached halfway around the world to our students in the Udayapur Music Program in Tintale Village, Nepal. The Nepali children were thrilled to receive a hearty “Namaste” from their new American friends through the letters, pictures and songs that they sent. The Tintale kids responded through art, proudly presenting their school by drawing pictures of it to send back to the kids in West Virginia.


For countless generations this remote part of the Terai region has never had power and now all that has changed forever. The power lines placed nearly three years ago were finally switched on. They are now providing intermittent power to a portion of the village. There is only about six hours of electricity a day and you are never quite sure when it will be available. The folks here just go with the flow.

PFCF Music Administrator Shyam Basnet sets the record straight that all too many villagers simply cannot yet afford this modern miracle. For the chronic poor this extra monthly expenditure still remains out of their grasp financially. Yet nearly every village home that has powered up, immediately purchased a rice cooker. This saves the women many laborious hours in preparing the daily sustenance for their large families. One would think that a television, fan or refrigerator would come home first but without a doubt the rice cooker is on the top of every villager’s wish list.

  • Madal Drum

    His students learn basic rhythms and traditional technique. He illustrates that by holding the Madal drum horizontally, both of its heads can be played. This typical Nepalese instrument is considered to be the backbone of Nepalese folk music.

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  • Nepali Flute

    His students learn basic notation and traditional Nepali flute, also know as the Bansuri. It is generally believed that the Bansuri not only has a spell binding and enthralling effect on the people who hear it, but also on the animals native to...

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  • Harmonium

    Dhruba Kumar Ghimire teaches the harmonium at the Udayapur Music Program in Katari, Nepal. He also holds classes in voice, and employs his vocal skills as a teaching tool for his harmonium students. They are learning basic fingerings and how to...

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  • Shyam Basnet

    Shyam is the acting PFCF administrator for the Tintale Village Mother’s Society. He has been facilitating their activities since their inception in 2009. Shyam helps coordinate productions, rehearsals, travel arrangements as well as providing additional security.

  • Ganesh

    Ganesh is not only a valued instructor for PFCF’s Udayapur Music program, but he personally teaches nearly 60 students a basic education consisting of English, science, social studies and math. Trained in India, he previously served as a school principle there. Thankfully Ganesh has settled into village life for now.

  • Dhruba Kumar Ghimire

    Dhruba is a beloved middle school teacher in Katari Nepal. He plays harmonium at local Hindu ceremonies and has become an excellent music teacher.