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Music is lifeblood of human existence

Music is lifeblood of human existence

A prominent folk singer, Roshni Rasaili is a familiar figure in the Nepali music scene.  recognized as a prominent folk singer. Beyond her vocal prowess, Roshni excels in lyric writing and rhythm creation. Her musical repertoire extends beyond folk, encompassing various genres, which highlights her versatility. Roshni has played a vital role in preserving and promoting Nepali folk songs and music. With over three dozen albums to her credit, she has made a substantial impact on the musical landscape. In a recent interview with Ashmita Chhetri, Roshni shared insights into her musical journey. Here are some excerpts:

What is your perspective on life?

The understanding of life becomes more intricate as one delves deeper. Life's definition varies based on individual experiences. For a poet, life may be poetry, for politicians, it can be politics, and for me, being a singer and artist, life encompasses the activities, reactions, rituals, and cultural aspects that people encounter from birth to death. Music, in my view, encapsulates life itself.

How do you define music?

Music and life traverse similar paths. The only difference is that music serves as a condensed representation of life, society, country, and situations through the lens of the mind and technology. Life, as often said, is a stage, and we are the actors on this earthly stage. Music is not just entertainment; it is the lifeblood of human existence.

From an artist's standpoint, how do you perceive music?

Music takes on countless forms that we can incorporate into our lives as needed. Touching songs emerge from the convergence of words, while melodious music flows from the fusion of seven tunes and sargams. The perspective varies based on individual principles.

How does music impact the human body?

Research indicates that music possesses healing properties and enhances the well-being of individuals. It stimulates deep sensations and emotions, maintaining hormonal balance and benefiting the mind. Music, when played at a low volume during meditation and yoga, enhances concentration and brings peace to the mind. Continuous immersion in music contributes to mental well-being.

What is the connection between music and people?

The bond between music and people is very strong and has existed since the inception of sound. Whether in times of pain or happiness, individuals seek solace in music. Music helps in balancing emotions, alleviating depression, and enhancing mood. Music has also been used as a therapy. In Nepali society, songs and music are deeply intertwined with rituals and festivals, evolving and being passed down through generations. Various music genres have established a significant presence in the Nepali music industry. What was once primarily dominated by radio, CDs, and VCDs has now shifted to a dominance of videos. There's a growing preference among people for visual experiences. This marks a notable transition in the industry.

How did you embark on your musical journey?

I was born in Indreni, Baglung Municipality-10, in Baglung district. Music has been both a hobby and a chosen field since my childhood. I found joy in humming and actively participated in various events such as weddings and festivals in my village. I consistently secured the top position in weekly extracurricular activities at school, particularly in cultural programs. My proficiency as a singer earned me numerous awards at the school, inter-school, regional, district, and zonal levels. In 2007, after successfully completing the SLC examination, I embarked on a journey to Kathmandu with a golden dream of forging a future in music while continuing my studies. I enrolled at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus where I delved into the study of music. This marked the formal initiation of my journey into the field.

How many albums have you released to date?

I have released over three dozen albums. 'Mutu Bijhaune,' 'Murchha Pari Chheumai Dhalda Ni,' 'Saai Ch Umer' (Teej song), 'Facebookma' (Teej song), 'Selfie Kichhinkeen' (Teej song), 'Tettis Kilo Sun,' 'Garchu Love,' and 'Maitighar’ are some of my popular albums.

How has your career been recognized in society?

I have earned considerable respect and recognition in various capacities. I am an honorary member in prominent organizations such as the Nepal Music Industry Association and the National Folk Cultural Association, and a lifetime member of the National Folk and Dohori Song Foundation. Additionally, I am an active member of the Presenters Society and the Dhaulagiri Cultural Committee. In acknowledgment of my contributions, I have been honored with several awards, including the '8th Chhayachhavi Teej Music Award-2021,' 'Star Music and Film Award-2021,' 'Jyoti Films Music Award-2021,' 'South Asian Business Excellence Award-2021 (Colombo, Sri Lanka),' 'National Creative Citizen Award-2072,' and 'Spiny Babbler Sangeetkarmi Samman-2023.' Furthermore, I have shouldered the responsibility of serving as a judge for the Genius Music Award in 2021.