30th March, 2017, Kathmandu
Nepathya, a boy band from the early 90s is turning 25. Initiated by three Pokhara boys with an aim to share Pokhareli tunes in a pop format, is now known as a premier folk-rock band of the nation. Nepathya has decided to dedicate this year to the theme – ‘Celebrating 25 years of Nepathya’. All Nepathya activities during the coming year will be a part of this celebration.
Though the band was ‘loosely’ formed by Deepak Rana, Bhim Pun and Amrit Gurung during early 1990s, it has been decided that the official birth date of the band will be the day when they released their first album, as it was their first official publication. The first album by Nepathya was called Nepathya itself and was released on 1st April 1993. Along with this, the band has decided to recognize the initial track of their first album, Aganai Bhari as their first song.
As per the date, the bands completion of 25 years will fall on 1st April 2018. But since the band enters its 25th year starting 1st of April this year, the band has decided to celebrate it as ‘Nepathya’s Silver Jubilee Year’.
Several activities, including periodic releases of new songs and videos have been planned as part of the celebration. In addition, several videos of old songs will also be released.
Nepathya has also decided to dedicate this year to all the Musical icons of Nepal, without whose contribution, Nepali music would not have reached its current pinnacle. As a mark of honor to the Adhunik Genre of Nepali music, Nepathya will support Nepalaya to restart their Paleti concert series.
“We have been involved with several fields as part of our philanthropic activity.” Said Nepathya front man Amrit Gurung. “On this important juncture, we want to be involved in supporting Nepali music and hence we will be involved with Paleti series through the year. Our band members had contributed their skills for Paleti during its initial period, now we want to support it for its continuity” He added.
As Nepathya is heading for their silver jubilee year, a pleasant coincident has come along. Nepathya will be performing at their hometown Pokhara on 8th of April.
“I am delighted, for our upcoming 8th April show at the Pokhara Stadium.” Said Amrit. “It is a pleasant coincident that our Silver Jubilee calendar will kick off from a show in our home town.” He added.
‘A group that was initiated by three boys from Pokhara has reached this stage with contribution from more than 20 musicians, who have been a part of Nepathya journey. I am indebted to all for their contribution’, adds Nepathya frontman Amrit Gurung.
As part of the silver jubilee activity, nepalaya is also planning a Biography of Nepathya. “Nepathya’s biography is being written by Amrit Gurung.” Disclosed Kiran Krishna Shrestha of nepalaya. “Amrit has been working on this for some time and we plan to release it during the coming year” he added.
With an intention to take Nepathya to new places, the band plans to prioritize shows in places where it has not yet performed.
“We will also release the 10th Album of the Band this year. Said Kiran Shrestha of nepalaya. “Few songs from the new album have already been released and more songs are in the pipeline.” He added.