Singer Komal Niraula performing Solo On Saturday

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, March 16:

Komal Niraula, a popular singer of Ilam, is to perform his second solo in Lalitpur on Saturday (March 18) afternterval of almost 28 years.

Niraula, who retired from his teaching profession a few years ago, had performed his first solo in Ilam in 1988.

The 64-year-old singer has number of songs, including folk, modern and national- to his credit.

Although he lives am permanently, Niraula, a former teacher of Ilam High School, got national recognition as a singer in the 1980s.

“Komal Niraula will perform his solo in Lalitpur,” Bishnu Ghimire, vice chairman of Namsaling Cooperation Forum, which is hosting the show, said.

According to Ghimre, Niraula has been singing for about half a century, mostly in Ilam. But he had to wait several years to perform a solo in Kathmandu due to his involvement in the teaching profession in Ilam for 40 years.

“We had to wait long to organise this event in Kathmandu as Komal sir was busy in his job,” Ghimire said.

Most people in Ilam know him as ‘Komal Sir’.

Niraula started singing in 1968.He recorded his first two songs in Radio Nepal in 1970. Then Radio Nepal was the only institution in Nepal, which took vocal tests and recorded a song.  He received national recognition as a singer after he recorded a modern song—“Ke sani…” in 1971and a national song—“Anjalika Gurans…”in 1973. 

He won the second prize in the ‘National Youth Singing Conference’ held in 1984. Then he had sung ‘Akhanda Shakti Hau Yuba…’whose music composer was no other than music maestro Bhakta Raj Acharya.

His two sons and a daughter are also in the music field. His eldest son, Danney Niraula, is now a professional singer and a musician. His youngest son Bhishan has obtained higher education in music while his daughter Jhuma Niraula had won the first prize in the singing competition ‘Brighter Timro Sur Mero’ organised by Nepal Television.

His son Danney will be supporting Niraula in his solo.

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