Organization - Nepal Academy of Music and Drama

Nepal Academy of Music and Drama
Basic Information
English Nepal Academy of Music and Drama
Local language नेपालसंगीततथानाट्यप्रज्ञाप्रतिष्ठान
Country Nepal
Category Government Agency
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Function Identification
Documentation
Education and Training
Promotion
Revitalization
Established year 2010
Objectives

(1) To formulate and implement policies and programs of Nepal Academy of Music and Drama.

(2) To compile, preserve, promote the works of maestros to help researchers in the field and publish literature on relevant subjects.

(3) To present accolades and give recognition to individual artistes, both national and international, for their outstanding contribution and achievements.

(4) To establish library, museum, theatre for the promotion of music and drama.

(5) To collect and preserve musical instruments belonging to various caste, creed and culture of Nepal.

(6) To study, research, revive, and preserve unique folk tunes, folk music, folk dances from different regions of the country.

(7) To promote Nepali music and drama in the international arena.

(8) To make provision to confer fellowships and scholarships to study and research.

(9) To provide training programs.

(10) To encourage the related institutions and personalities working for the development of music and drama.

(11) To organize seminars, conferences, festivals, competitions within and across the country.

(12) To establish relationship with various institutions and similar academies and encourage the exchange of mutual ideas and support.

(13) The Academy will not only document the research works but it will also monitor the dissemination for the authenticity of what have been researched.

Introduction

Nepal Academy of Music and Drama (NAMUDA) was established and registered under Nepal Academy of Music and Drama Act, Sept 17, 2007 (Government of Nepal) on April 23, 2010 with the objective to preserve, promote and develop the vast intangible cultural heritage of Nepal in the form of music and drama. The chief Patron of NAMUDA is Honorable Prime Minister and patron is Honorable Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Nepal Academy of Music and Drama works to compile, preserve, promote works of maestros in the field of music and drama to help researchers in the field and publish literature on relevant subjects. It also awards and gives recognition to the individual artists of both national & international for their outstanding contribution and achievement in the field of music & drama. Nepal Academy of Music and Drama also produces the biography of music and drama related to legendary personalities for the purpose of research and documentation. Our major objective is to study, research, revive and preserve unique folk tunes, folk music, folk dances, classical music from across the country. It has been promoting Nepali music and drama in the international arena as well. Nepal Academy of Music and Drama also allows provisions to confer fellowships and scholarships to study and research in the field of music & drama.

Major Activities

Nepal Academy of Music and Drama started “DabaliYatra” a program which aims to revive the moribund practice of using a dabali (an open public stage) to perform plays, dances and music. The Dabali tradition reached its pinnacle in the Valley during the Malla period and was still popular until a few decades ago. The “DabaliYatra” is an ongoing series organized by NAMUDA in various places of Nepal.  NAMUDA started “DabaliYatra” series from “dabali” of Nepal Academy, Kamaladi, where NAMUDA presents different ancient, traditional and folk cultural music and dances. NAMUDA staged the “DabaliYatra” in Basantapur Darbar Square, PatanDarbar Square, BhaktapurDarbar Square, Sauraha (Chitwan), Bandipur (Tanahu), Thimi (Bhaktapur), Lahan, Hetauda, Dolakha and Pokhara. These programs highlighted various types of ancient, traditional and folk musical and theatrical performances. The main objectives of organizing the  DabaliYatra is to preserve, promote and develop intangible cultural heritage, to transmit the culture to new generation and to encourage youth to conserve invaluable cultural heritages of the country.

NAMUDA organized the National cultural festival in different places of Nepal to preserve and to promote the diverse culture spanning in the mountainous, hilly and terai regions. The festival was held at Janakpur in the premises of Janaki Temple, Janakpurdham, Lord Gautam Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, Kanchanpur and Panchthar at the time when the country had been aspiring for peace and prosperity. The festival was inaugurated by Academy’s Chancellor Bhakta Shrestha. The ‘National Cultural Festival to Preserve Culture and Spread the Message of Peace’ (Sarubhakta) was held in Janakpur and Lumbini. During the festival, national and local artists performed various traditional, ancient, folk and modern music, dance and drama. Traditional and folk dances as Maruni Nritya, Hudkelli Nritya, Thal Naach, Kauda Nritya, Lakhe Naach, Bhojpuri Nritya, Thakali Nritya, Tamang Nritya, Chyabrung and Sherpa Nritya and various ethnic music, dance and drama were performed during the festival.

Nepal Academy of Music and Drama organizes National Drama Festival every year in different places of Nepal. The first National Drama Festival (National Drama Festival 2072) of NAMUDA was held at the Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi, Kathmandu. The festival featured plays by various theatre groups from across the country. The festival was inaugurated by Deputy Prime minister with Hon’ble Home Minister, Bamdev Gautam. The primary intention of hosting the festival is to conserve, promote and develop theatrical activities in Nepal. Different cultures and their languages were being performed through play during the festival. PathibharaDevikoUtpatii, DhupenkoDhuiya, Sakash, PathibharaDevikoUtpatti, ManchheBanneRahar, Sumnima, Aab Kona Chalaba and Chhutaha Ghail were presented in National Drama Festival-2072. The second National Drama Festival was held in Charikot, Dolakha on 26th Jestha 2073. The objectives of hosting the festival were to preserve and promote Nepali cultural theatrical activities. The festival was inaugurated by patron of NAMUDA, Hon’ble Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, Aananda Prasad Pokharel. In this festival PengDorge, BihekoChataro, Devansi Raja, Aaharya, UdharJutta, Sakhi, JiudoAakash, MahadevkoBaji, KermetSapana were played. These plays saw participation from various places of Nepal. Maithali Drama Festival was held in Janakpurdham, which was inaugurated by Patron of NAMUDA, Honorable Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Aananda Prasad Pokharel. The festival was represented by Maithali drama UdharJutta, BajjarKhasauYahanJatipar, MathakMol, DashiJiban, KhathakLok, Sakhi etc.

NAMUDA is adjudicator of the Nepal Music and Drama National Academic Prize (Nepal Sangeettatha Natya Rastriya Pragya Puraskar) held yearly aims to promote and conserve art and its performers. NAMUDA honors the performers who have contributed to create and promote Nepali art and culture. Art and music has always been an integral part of Nepali lifestyle while the artistes are treasures of the country who are preserving the art and culture of Nepal. On the auspicious occasion, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav conferred ‘Nepal Sangeettatha Natya Rastriya Pragya Puraskar’ of year 2071 BS to senior drama director Hari Prasad Rimal, senior music director Chandra Raj Sharma, senior dance director Bhairav Bhahadur Thapa and senior player of folk musical instrument Nhuchhe Bahadur Dangol. The award carried a purse of Rs 100,001 each and a copper plaque. Veteran artistes of music and drama — instrumentalist GopalNath Yogi, folk music composer Prachanda Bahadur Budhathoki, playwright Mahendra Malangiya and actress Shakuntala Gurung Sharma were honored with the ‘Nepal SangeetTatha Natya Rastriya Pragya Puraskar — 2072’. They were awarded with tamrapatra ( copper plaque) and a cash prize of Rs 1,00,001 each for their contributions in their respective fields at an event held at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi on June 27. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari who bestowed the awards to the artists expressed pride at the event. On the auspicious occasion President Bidhya Devi Bhandari Conferred Nepal Sangeettatha Natya Rastriya Pragya Puraskar’ of year 2073 to senior musician and singer Narayan Bhakta Shrestha (Rayan), senior playwright/drama artist Ashesh Malla, senior dance director Radheshyam Pradhan, senior folk singer Chandrakala Shah. The award carried a purse of Rs 100,001 each and a copper plaque.

Contact Information (Organization)
Website www.namuda.org.np
Address Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel 977-01-4428404, +977-1-4428405
Fax 977-01-4428407
E-mail info@namuda.org, namuda2067@gmail.com

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