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Musica Music Institute

Patan, Lalitpur District, Nepal

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The music program that began in Hari Kul's humble drum shop in Lalitpur has expanded into the newly-founded Musica Music Institute. The new, expanded program, established by brothers Dinesh and Mahesh Nakarmi, has access to computers, the ability to introduce recording classes and is hosting public performances so the students can showcase what they’ve learned.

The program, located in Laliptur District, Nepal, is led by seven talented teachers, including former Hari Kul student, Lama Maya. Over forty students attend music classes in vocals, keyboard, guitar and drums.

The Musica Music Institute is already establishing itself as a source of inspiration and creative expression for Nepali youth. We’re excited about the new possibilities this program will bring.

A great example of the impact this program is already having on its students is the talented Anu. Anu (pictured right) has been participating in the program over the past year and is already developing a strong stage presence combined with a powerful voice. She took center stage during the 2014 PFC Day concert in Laliptur and made a significant impression on her local community.

Stay tuned! We'll be sharing more from Anu, her fellow students and teachers.

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Meet our Students


Meet Utsav Nepal. He has been blind since birth. We met at the Early Rehabilitation... more


Meet Rachana. An amazing talent that brings the house down with every performance at... more


Feb 25, 2014


The guitar, a common instrument in the west was somewhat foreign to the youth at our program in Nepal. After instruction and some practice, several Musica students were able to pick up on the string instrument almost instantly, a pleasant surprise to their teachers. more

Life in the Community

Lalitpur sub-metropolitan city, popularly known as Patan, is one of the most vibrant cities of Nepal. It is located 5 kilometers south-east of Kathmandu and its urban history dating back to as far as 2300 years. Lalitpur is simple, but full of tourists during the high season. The daily life in the city can be busy and bustling most days, with customers visiting the many local shops and families either taking their children to school or joining for prayer at a temple in the famous and beautiful, Patan Dubar Square. The city is also renowned the world over for its traditional Nepali art and craftsmanship, and has been home to a number of famous artists and master craftsmen that produce beautiful thangka paintings, jewelry, and metalworks, to name a few.

What We're Learning

  • Drums

    The students at Musica are learning to play on a standard drum kit consisting of a snare drum, bass (or kick) drum, tom-tom drums, a hi-hat and cymbals.

  • Keyboard

    Former student, now instructor Lama Maya teaches keyboards and basic notation to the students. There's also harmonium as well as modern-day keyboards.

  • Vocals

    Expression through the use of the human voice is very important in Nepalese culture. Our music students are learning western-style singing, Nepali folksongs and traditional music.

Ishor Bajracharya

Ishor Bajracharya has been involved with the Playing for Change family since Mark Johnson... more

Nitesh Shrestha
Music Teacher

Nitesh has been teaching guitar and vocals at the Musica Music Institute since 2013. He is... more

Dinesh Nakarmi
Music Teacher

Dinesh has been a music teacher at the Musica Music Institute since 2005. Dinesh has... more

Shilu Joshi
Music Teacher

Shilu has been teaching music at the Musica Music Institute since 2012. She has a masters... more

Dibin Shakya
Music Teacher

Dibin has been teaching music at the Musica Music Institute since 2013. He has been a... more

Manesh Nakarmi
Music Teacher

Manesh is one of the founders of the Musica Music Institute in 2004. He is proficient in... more

Ashim Maharjan
Drum Teacher

Ashim has been teaching drums at the Musica Music Institute since 2012. He has performed... more