October 1st, 2016 – “Ghatasthapana”,the first day of Vijaya Dashami was started with a big bang in SFO with the concert of legendary band Nepathya, a 25-year-old rock band of Nepal. More than 500 viewers entered the classic venue of The Warfield to witness Nepathya rock the stage. A band led by inimitable singer Amrit Gurung from Pokhara, Nepal, took away all of the crowd back to home Nepal, reminiscing the past with his old collections. This show was even more remarkable considering that the greatest band of Nepal Nepathya played for the first time in SFO on the first day of the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami. This is the second time the top band of Nepal, Nepathya made an appearance in the USA and the first time in San Fransisco. I was one among the lucky crowd to witness the band performing twice, once last year in NYC and now in SFO. Nepathya band has been singing blended folk melodies with modern western-influenced rock music. Nepathya also became the first Nepalese band to play at Wembley Arena, the UK on August 3, 2013. The band consisted of 5 musicians singer Amrit Gurung, drummer Nikhil Tuladhar, bassist Subin Shakya, guitarist Niraj Gurung, keyboard Suraj Thapa and percussionist Shanti Bahadur Rayamajhi aka “Madal” – a traditional Nepali folk percussion.
Nepathya took us to their 25 years of the journey by singing their greatest hits. Maestro, Amrit Gurung, with his great performance was able to engage the crowd on every song. With every song, Amrit was giving a message back to the crowd. The message was to love the home country, return back and give something back to the country.
Nepal needs young skilled entrepreneurs and skilled experts to the country, Amrit mentioned in his melodious voice.
Nepathya’s highlight songs of the night, Yo Jindagani, Resham, Lampate Surati, Salaijiu, and others, mesmerized the crowd. The crowd was enchanting along with Amrit, dancing alongside their seating areas. Amrit also sang the song written by Rabindra Mishra, a patriotic one and I was impressed by the music composition into that song. Good job by the writer Rabindra Mishra and the performing team. One of the highlights of the show was the incredible play by the percussionist Hari. His “Madal” skills were mad and even the worse of the dancers were on the floor with their worse moves. haha! The beats he was generating from the percussion (“Madal”), was undoubtedly the best in Nepal. I could see the crowd going with the beats and the dance moves coming out were incredible and hilarious at times.
Nepathya has been doing an incredible job for last 25 years, composing beautiful rock-folk blended songs. They have been performing all over Nepal and outside the country as well in UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea and United States. 4000 Nepalese turned over to see Nepathya in Korea just before the band came to the USA. Nepathya has been able to capture and attract love from Nepalese all over the world. They not only do concert in cities of Nepal but also in the villages and unite them made them dance. They have also performed the concert in front of blind and deaf Nepalese. He said in an interview that it’s amazing to see how blind and deaf also go with the beats and dance. It’s magical.
These were the songs I grew listening and when I heard it again, it touched my heart. I could see myself being emotional with moist eyes. I am sure my fellow friends felt the same way. I wish Nepathya had played more. It’s never enough listening and seeing Nepathya performing. I wish them good luck for future endeavors and kudos to them for what they have done for the Nepal music industry for last 25 years. It takes sheer dedication, focus, and hard work.