I was pretty tired after the full day at Friday’s silent auction fundraiser, but was keen to go to the Kutumba concert at the Chandeswari Temple in Banepa on Sat night. Kutumba are an instrumental traditional Nepali band, that are just HUGE here in Nepal. Check out their sound here. They were playing in Banepa as part of an event to raise funds to build a new senior citizens home close to the temple. I knew about it because Ram’s sarangi teacher Rashil, used to be a member of the band and told me if I liked the sound of the sarangi, I would like this band. To me, the sarangi sounds very similar to Oliver Schroer’s fiddle playing in his Camino CD and also very like Mary Lamond’s fiddle playing in the Seinn CD. Rashil is now off on a quest to check out their music. The concert was fabulous, I went with Lok & Krishna’s daughter Nicole who left her kids & husband behind, we danced for 4 hours straight – such fun! A few photos …..
And another small world story. This kind of thing happens me a lot! Karen and I bump into Rashil on Sunday in Banepa with his wife and a friend. We chatted about the concert, I told him I met a guy earlier that day that knew him, he runs a cafe across the road from the British Embassy in Kathmandu. Karen needed to visit the medical clinic (she’s doing OK now) and I took the opportunity to grab a decent coffee (some things never change). The three of them howled with laughter because the co-owner of that little cafe that I happened to be in earlier, was in fact Rashil’s friend standing right in front of me. He was visiting Rashil and his wife from KTM for the day. It really is a small world. What are the chances eh?