Udayapur Music ProgramUdayapur, Nepal
In the summer of 2007, William Aura traveled to the remote village of Tintale in Nepal's eastern valley. He was the first western man to see how the villagers there lived from day to day. 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, and initiated a music program in nearby Katari Bazar, Udayapur, Nepal.
Local schoolteacher and music notation instructor Dhruba Kumar Ghimire patiently teaches disadvantaged village children how to play the harmonium. Our efforts provide classroom space and brand-new music instruments for the students as well as humanitarian aid in Tintale village including medicine, school supplies, and gifts for the children. A number of dedicated students trek two hours each way to Katari to receive music education. Local PFCF supporters Ishor Bajracharya, Shyam Basnet and Sujan Karki administer this vital music program.
Photos from the Udayapur Music Program
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
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman
Fund full programs
Funds three Nepali music programs for one month
This is one young man that seems to excel at everything he attempts. Born in the Dalit caste, Sarju would normally not have any opportunity for a formal education. Thankfully he has been sponsored to attend classes at the Tintale Village teaching center. He is the best drummer in Jeevan’s madal drumming class, and we are all proud of his accomplishments.
Making a Difference One Song at a Timeby William Aura
As he embarks on a return trip to Nepal, William Aura shares an essay on the origin of the first music program in Tintale Village:
Bordered by India and the Tibet region of China, Nepal is known for its untouched massive mountains, green terraced foothills, and thick Jungle terrain. In a few remaining rural areas the people have lived virtually isolated from the outside world for centuries…
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
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.