Nepathya has been invited by India Social Forum to perform at the closing of this year’s meet in New Delhi on the 13th of November.
The Indian chapter of World Social Forum – India Social Forum is happening in New Delhi. It started on 9th and will go on till 13th of November 2006. The main theme for this year’s meet is-Asia Africa Solidarity.
The Forum is taking place at the Jawalahar Lal Neharu Stadium in New Delhi and Nepathya is scheduled to perform at the closing plenary of the forum on the 13th of November.
The theme for the India Social Forum is proposed to be: BUILDING ANOTHER WORLD: VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE. It focuses on engendering dialogue, optimism and hope, by creating a space that will enable a greater mobilization of resources for an alternative future – within Asia and Africa. An estimated 60,000 people are expected to participate from various parts of the world, representing diverse movements and organizations.
The spirit of ISF cultural performance is to learn, to enjoy and to be uplifted. It is part of the experience of both learning and participating in the traditions of World Social Forum.
“We are honoured to receive such invitation to be part of the Forum.” says Amrit Gurung the front man of Nepathya.
The ISF is the third event to be organised by World Social Forum-India after the Asia Social Forum in Hyderabad (January, 2003) and World Social Forum in Mumbai (January, 2004).
Nepathya performs in the name of peace with its music that combines traditional Nepalese folk music with rock. The group that still in the 90’s played romantic love songs has become a civic activist giving a face and a voice to the innocent victims of violence.
In its home country Nepal, Nepathya has spread the word of peace in the midst of war and conflict. In the spring of 2004, 15 000 people paid attention to Nepathya’s message during the Education for Peace tour that visited 15 villages and raked in 140 000 dollars for the schools in the villages it had toured. A document of the tour, Leave our Schools Alone, portrays the group’s demands for a school system free of politics and violence for Nepal.
Their latest album, Ghatana (2005), is named after an incident, in which six innocent Nepalese lost their lives, as their bus was caught in crossfire between Maoist rebels and the army in Dolakha. The album is a protest against ideological violence.
Nepathya, which was founded 15 years ago, has gone through great changes; in addition to its key message, the group itself has changed over the years. The only original member of the group is Amrit Gurung, the leader of the group and its lead vocalist, whose voice is the trademark of Nepathya.