by Rajesh KC
Date: April 12, 2007, Thursday
Audience: Approximately 300
Program: An evening with Deep Shrestha
Venue: Rimal Theater of Gurukul
I have attended almost all of Deep Shrestha’s concerts in the last few years. Being his songs’ fan, I used to take his photos in his every performance. Actually camera disturbs me during the concert as it diverts my concentration towards lighting, singer’s expression and mesmerizing audience. I usually get busy than a singer and musicians. But this time I decided to leave my camera in the car to listen to Deep attentively. I sat on the rug in front. As soon as he starts with his first song ‘Ma Pattharko Devata Hoina’, the audience clapped in time to the music. But I couldn’t hold myself from rushing to get my camera… I actually wanted to share this moment with you in PHALANO.
Statue of Gopal Prasad Rimal outside the theatre
Gurukul in Purano Baneswor
Deep (a lamplight)
Adding some humor with amusing old stories behind his songs, Deep followed his songs with Basanta Thapa’s ‘Kahanbaata Lyaaun Ma’ and ‘Har Raat Sapanima’ by Viplob Pratik.
‘Ma ta Pahiro Bhitra Chhu’… Deep and his song writer Rajendra Thapa
Deep also performed Bishwombhar Pyakuryal’s ‘Bishwas Gara‘, Raman Ghimire’s ‘Eutai Baato’, Bhairav Nath Rimal’s ‘Jhaskiechha Mana Mero’, ‘Saainlibari Chiyabarima’ by Bijay Shrestha, and ‘Jheerma Uninu’ and ‘Ma Ta Pahirobhitra Chhu’ in Rajendra Thapa’s words during the latter part of the program.
‘Sailibari Chiya Barima…’
One of his own favorites ‘Pahadko Ukalilai…’ written by poet Ishwor Ballabh
Audience was mesmerized with Deep’s intact voice.
Answering to the audience’s shouting-once more, he was saying “there are lots of ‘once more’ ahead”
Poet Piplob Prateek
‘Kati Kamjor Rahechha Bhagya…’ written by Yuvan Tuladhar, ‘Bhanthi Meri Uni…’ and ‘Timi Aakashko Joon…’ in Shiva Shankar Thapa’s words and ‘Samjhi Basen Timilai…’ written by Yogendra Malla.
‘Eutai Baato Sandhain Bhetghat…’ by Raman Ghimire
Deep’s one of the intimates and lyricist/columnist Basanta Thapa welcoming the audience after a short interval
Deep also danced while singing ‘Mero Ankhama Bhardin…’
‘Sunideu Saano Chhandako Katha’… by the singer himself
At the end, he also premiered a new song ‘Kahile Aakash Pani…’ written by Basanta Thapa.
Deep was accompanied by a group of musicians comprising Manik Man Singh on bass guitar, Bikram on rhythm guitar, Jyoti Ghimire on lead guitar, Balram Samal on flute, Manaraja Nakarmi on tabala, Rupesh Singh on octopad and Dinesh Regmi on keyboard.
This beautiful fan of Deep was dancing in many songs
The 2-hours program (organized to raise fund for Gallery 9) was perfectly ended with his evergreen number ‘Biteka Kurale…’ written and composed by Deep himself, amid back vocals from the entire audience enthusiastically.
All pictures by Rajesh KC