By Rajesh KC Nepal’s revered veteran singer Phatteman’s new musical album simply named after his age ‘Gayak Phatteman at 70‘ (गायक फत्तेमान ७० मा) was released amidst a ceremony at nepa-laya’s ‘R’ sala. Phatteman on the occasion performed more than 15 songs from his old and new archives. The new album produced by nepa-laya has a total of eight songs all of which are composed by Aavaas. Performing to an audience seated cross-legged (Paleti), Phatteman started the evening with a new song Batasle Talauma, written by Bikram Subba and taken from his newly released album. That was followed by Kurnu Kurisakepachhi, a song penned by poet and lyricist Manjul and composed in Dadra Taal. Taken from the Saainli Morilai collection, the song was sung even during the Ralfa movement.
Thereafter, Phatteman performed four more songs from his new album Rit Bina penned by Arjun Sapkota, Kina Aaunchha written by singer-musician Aavaas, Hijo Aaja written by Banira Giri and poet Tirtha Shrestha’s Raatko Sapana about the existing social discrimination before the interval. The musical session after the break comprised of such classics from Phatteman’s vast musical archive as Yasto Pani Hundo Raichha, the evergreen number recorded four decades ago in Phatteman’s voice to Yadav Kharel’s words and Nati Kaji’s composition, and Jeevan Huriko Geet and Phulna Jaanina, both written and composed by maestro Amber Gurung. “All musical moments after my solo concert in 2002 have rejuvenated me. I feel I am younger now Phatteman had commented before entering the hall. Other songs of the evening were Banai Khaayo Dadhelole featuring the combination of Phatteman, lyricist Kali Prasad Rijal and musician Narayan Gopal, as well as Marna Baru Gaahro Hunna and Saannaniko Galaima Kalo Kothi Rahechha, both composed by Nati Kaji.
The show ended with Ghintang Ma Ghintang Jor Madal Bajyo, one of the very few duets and folk songs. All pics by Rajesh KC[audio:promos/Phatteman_Sannani.mp3|autostart=yes|loop=no]