Nepali Folk & Classical Music
Sukarma is one of the most gifted and innovative groups in the field of classical and folkloric Nepalese music. Sukarma’s philosophy tends to instill in young people a love of traditional music by performing both raga and folk music, thus allowing their mutual enrichment. Even the unusual combination of classical and folkloristic instruments such as the sitar, the sarangi, the flute and the tabla offer the opportunity to expand the possibilities of expression and dynamics in music. The Sukarma group is also engaged in the promotion or conservation of the classical and folkloric Nepalese musical tradition. Sukarma members have traveled and performed in various parts of the world such as USA, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Kyrgystan. The group has recorded several CDs.
Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi
Master Dhrubesh descends from one of the great families of Nepalese musicians. His great-grandfather Dev Chandra Regmi was the first to popularize sitar in Nepal, and his grandfather Krishna Chandra Regmi won the prestigious Indra Rajya Laxmi National Award for his contribution to the Nepalese musical tradition. His father Satish Chandra Regmi has been the head of the music faculty at Tribhuvan University for many years. Dhurbesh himself began playing the sitar as a pupil of his father, and later under the guidance of the renowned master Urna Shanker Mishra of Delhi. He graduated from the University of Delhi in music, distinguishing himself for his research on Nepalese music during the Rana period, and is recognized as Sangeet Alankar (master of music) at the Indian music institution Gandarva Mahavidhyalaya. He also has a law degree from Tribhuvan University.
He has participated in numerous musical events both in Nepal and in India and in other parts of the world. Among the numerous awards for his musical activity are: the first prize of Radio Nepal in 1989, the Kiratcswar Sangeer Award 2002, the Swar Sangarn Youth Sangeet Award 2004 etc. At present he is lecturer at the Padma Kanya M. Campus in Nepal.
Shyam began his musical education (singing, dancing and sarangi) at the age of eight with his grandfather, a great player himself, and with his father Ramsharan Nepali, a recognized sarangi master. Shyam first performed in public at the age of 15 in a music competition held at the Royal Nepal Academy. Later he recorded his first CD with the Surva ensemble. His discography now includes over 10 titles. He is currently one of the most gifted and appreciated young virtuosos in Nepal; his playing strikes and excites. He has participated in numerous shows in Nepal and abroad.
Pramod is a very gifted Tabla and percussion player. He started playing with his father Hom Nath Upadhaya, a notable musician, and had the opportunity to have Ustad Zakir Hussain as a teacher during a stay in Bombay. His first public performance as a soloist took place when Pramod was 5 years old, and King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was also present among the spectators. His first tour abroad was in Germany on the occasion of the German Unification Day. In 1995 he played for the Nepal Festival in Lausanne. His concert activity has led him to visit numerous countries including France, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, UzbeKistan, Korea, Pakistan and India. Pramod has been in relationship with Sukarma for 5 years and lately is a permanent member of the group.