Shyam Nepali (Nepali Sarangi Player)
Shyam Nepali (Nepali Sarangi Player) is an acclaimed Sarangi player and one of the most notable instrumentalists. He has filled a very unique and important role in the Sarangi tradition of Nepal, expanding on the work of his Grandfather Magar Gaine, and his Father Ram Sharan Nepali, legendary Sarangi players. His creative and virtuoso musicianship has allowed the traditional sound of the Sarangi to travel in new directions musically. His virtuosity and musicianship allows him to fearlessly expand the Sarangi’s expressive capabilities with every note. ‘Mero Sarangi’, his newest and first entirely self-produced album, is a tribute to the ancient roots of the Nepali Gandharva Sarangi Tradition in Nepal. He has done several music albums “Journey to Nepal” (SAC Music International 2000), “Trikaal 1: Cross Cultural Musical Bliss” (Sac Music International 2003), “Gandharva The Magic Sound of the Nepali Sarangi” (Stenopeica, Italy, 2012), “Himalayan Sounds of Sarangi” (Silverwolf Records, 2012), “Rhythmic Fusion” (KTM Music Center, Kathmandu Nepal 2014), “Mero Sarangi” (Amber Records, Boston, USA 2019), and many more. He can be heard on over 49 recordings. He has received several awards; Mah Kwah Cha award from the Government of Nepal, the Governor’s Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the honorary consulate from Italian Embassy in Kathmandu, Civil Voice for Peace and Development Award from Government of Nepal (2007), Special Adjudication Award, Outstanding Musical Score during Liverpool International Theatre Festival in Nova Scotia in 2018, Rotary Club of Patan West Vocational Award in Kathmandu, Nepal President’s Art and Poetry Award from Government of Nepal, and Teaching Artist Grant for 2018-2019 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He was the Cultural Ambassador: Government of Nepal in 2011.