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St Xavier’s honors guitarist Shahi

St Xavier’s honors guitarist Shahi

St Xavier’s College, Maitighar, celebrated its annual ‘Survaahini: A Musical Bliss’ event by honoring renowned fusion guitarist Anil Shahi with ‘10th Fr EL The Watrin Memorial Cultural Award’. 

Shahi, known for his blend of classical and contemporary guitar styles over a career spanning 25 years, emphasized the importance of preserving classical music in Nepal. “It is concerning that there are few listeners of classical music in Nepal.  But with dedication and effort, we can promote  it both at home and abroad”. 

The event, on Wednesday, featured musical performances including a fusion of Indian classical music with Western elements by Dr Neepa Chaudhary and Sudesh Subedi from the Fusion Roof Band.

Program director Sudhakar Pant and assistant Saurabh Sharma were also recognized for their significant contributions to the success of the event.

St. Xavier’s College has been honoring musicians annually since 2005 for their efforts in popularizing Nepali classical music among the youth. Artists honored through this program include Bhajan Shiromani Bhaktaraj Acharya, Kunti Moktan and Sila Bahadur Moktan, Prem Dhoj Pradhan, and Shambhujit Baskota.