KATHMANDU – Nepali adhunik geet has always had a devoted audience across the country, albeit a smaller one than popular music. While one can hear and see the songs and videos on radio or TV, there is an entirely different feel to it when you sit amidst other adhunik geet enthusiasts and listen to these tunes of the past, and that too when musicians trained in classical music are lending their voices to it. Paleti, a program dedicated to keep the magic of Nepali adhunik music alive, one month at a time, is an event that you shouldn’t miss if you love music.

Paleti was started in the year 2005 and its main agenda was getting music enthusiasts close to music as well as the artists. The session was held on the last Friday of every month from January through December. The event also focuses on bringing singers who have chosen to stay away from the mainstream music industry and give them a platform that though small is exclusive. Previous artists featured in Paleti sessions include Shanti Thatal, Phatteman, and Kumar Subba to name a few.

This year, from February 22 to 24, Nepalaya hosted the Paleti session after a hiatus of two years and, this time, they chose to celebrate the contribution of women in Nepali adhunik music. Meena Niraula lent her melodious voice to remember songs sung by legends like Tara Devi and Shanti Thatal who not only made singing and music more accessible for women but further refined the genre of Nepali adhunik music as well.

From now on, the Paleti sessions will be based on themes and the month of February focused particularly on women’s contribution to Nepali music. Recalling the history of Nepali music, not only have women been only a small part of it, their stay in the field of Nepali music has been shorter than their male counterparts. However, that is not to say that their contributions have not been as significant as other artists of their time, as their songs are played and talked about even today.