Women learning panche baja in Beni
To take a step ahead towards preserving Nepali culture, the women from Brahman and Chhetri communities have shown keen interest in learning panche baja, Panje-baja is a set of five traditional Nepali musical instruments. Such interest of the women in Beni, Municipality-4 has broken the stereotype.
Hira Poudel, the team leader, blew sahanai and her friend played the dhol during the learning period. Sahanai is the most important among the five instruments. After finishing family chores, they gather in a ground to learn the musical instruments such as damaha, narsingha and karnial. Poudel informed that those travelling along the Beni-Darbang roadway are surprised to see the women playing musical instruments. They stopped their vehicles and watched the women’s performance, she added. According leader Poudel, it was uncomfortable for them to do the male folks’ work in the beginning. “I took leadership to launch the campaign to transfer the traditional musical skills,” she shared.
Shanti Poudel, a jhyali player, said she took part in the training to make herself and friends able to play musical instruments. Prakash Pariyar has been providing training to them.
The traditional musical instruments are played on various occasions including welcome and marriage ceremonies.