Nepal: Deepak Kahar and Sunil Chhetry Bring the Cultural Change with ‘Dhaka-Dhoti’

Nepal: Deepak Kahar and Sunil Chhetry Bring the Cultural Change with ‘Dhaka-Dhoti’

There are times when we need to remind ourselves that talent has no type, no language, no judgement. It becomes even more noticeable with one of the stories from Nepal about raping, a musical language, invoving artsis Deepak Kahar and Suraj Chhetry.

Kahar is a beautiful example of how words can absorb everything that has soaked yourself in and bring out the best of you. Coming from Rudrapur, a village in Rupandehi, the 23-year-old rapper says that he has gone through a lot of challenges and hardships to make music and say what he wanted to say.

In a story by The Kathmandu Post, he says that he faced decrimantion growing up because of the community he belonged to and had kept his feelings bottled up till 2015 when he finally resorted to penning himself down. He found solace in words and those words transformed into lyrics. He has since then been working on music but it was only recently that he achieved success.

On July 23, he alongside Suraj Chhetry, who is also known as Vyoma, released first-ever mainstream Nepali rap song in Awadhi language, titled, ‘Dhaka-Dhoti’, a song reflecting the cultural richness of Madhesi community as well as the need for unity within the diversity of Nepal says the report of the post.

He said, “Dhaka-Dhoti was an attempt to depict the cultural diversity of the Madhesi community. Through this song, we wanted to show the talent Madhesh can offer and the unique and diverse identities of the Madhesi community and it’s art—beyond the stereotypical representation and the thinking of the masses,” says Kahar, who goes by the stage name D1.

He has been addressing various issues in the country from corruption to descrimantion in all the four songs that he released but as he says that in the case of ‘Dhaka-Dhoti’ he was sure that this song was going to hit chord with the audience. “Suraj dai and I made a conscious decision of writing simple lyrics so that more and more people could understand our song,” he says.

There are various factors the song is getting popularity in the country and also outside it. But one of the major reasons is striking the perfect balance between being attractive enough for your ears and yet question yourself. Chhetry says, “We still weren’t sure about what title would justify our song. Before uploading the lyrical video on YouTube, the idea of having Dhaka-Dhoti as the title, randomly came to my mind as both Dhaka and Dhoti represent the Pahadi and the Madhesi communities, which I and Deepak are part of,” he says. “Likewise, the title also reflected the message we wanted our song to give—to respect the diversity and live with unity.” With this song, they wanted to change how the Madhesi community was looked at. They wanted the song to reflect the reality to which people might not be close too but know that it exists.

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