For many people it is the music that matters the most in songs. For others it is the singers who steal their hearts still for some it is the lyrics that pulls them to the songs. There are others for whom all three aspects of a song make an impact. A song lives long if all three aspects of it are strong; most of the evergreens that we know belong to this category of songs.
For my part, I also enjoy a combination of these three elements. This is one of the reasons why I love listening to old songs. If it was only the music or the singers that were important then I would be listening only current music. Because of the fact that current music and singers are trendy and are most played in the media, they get stuck in people’s mind. However if people pay attention to the lyrics, they will find older songs stronger. It may be a song of any language but the lyrics is what the singers give their voice to and what the composers make music for.
Many accuse Nepali movies to have been copied from the neighboring Bollywood but this isn’t true in all aspects. Although we have imitated the style of direction and storylines we can’t call it a one to one copy. Nepali movies have its originality in many aspects of film making. One of such aspects is the music or the song. Nepali film music is unique in its own way. They use traditional and folk music that represents Nepali culture and nationality. These of the music and lyrics have created history in the entire music industry of Nepal.
We have had the honor to have a team of talented musicians, singers and lyricists who have given us with so many evergreen songs. The talented musical personals have had the glory to represent us in the international arena. Singers like Udit Narayan Jha are the living examples of Nepali born talents who have gracefully offered their work to the international film fraternity as well. Singers, writers and composers have been a huge part of the Nepali movie industry. Among them we can’t over look the significant contribution that the song writers/lyricists have made.
With out lyrics there would be no songs, no singers and no composers. And without good words no music is worthwhile. Words are profound. They bring meaning to the soul. A few words when swirled within music can create magic. Thus as the soulful music the deep lyrics are of as much importance too.
Most of the times the lyrics are related to love. But the magic behind words is that there can be many meanings to it. A song that is sung for love for a woman can have different meaning to some one else. You can never have a single perception or a single meaning to any word or line or a text. Every person interprets it in his/her own way. They can take it in the way they want to and that is the beauty of words. The meanings change from one person to another, the perception changes from time to time and they can make you feel different according to the way you feel.
In Nepal, there are many lyricists and song writers. Some are veteran in their work, some have just begun. The genre of song writing differs from one song writer to another as well. Some write for country, some for love and many have other genre but all in all they are all writers. They write for their love of writing. They are talented in their own unique way and the film industry as well as the audience is grateful to have them among us. They don’t just entertain us but bring a lot more than that to our lives. They bring in happiness and sorrow, smiles and tears all in ones.
Some of the famous songwriters that the Nepali film industry is gifted with are Dr. Krishna Hari Baral. Words are always good. Sometimes they turn out to be liked by all, sometimes they are not so great but all in all they are the outcomes of hard work. To have such fantastic writers is an honor for us. They are a treasure for Nepal as well as the Nepali film industry. The words they make are magic they make the body of the musical spirit of the songs soar into heights of fantasy and imagination.
The movie song lyrics of Nepali films in the 1970s and 1980s were a mixture of folk, sentimental and romantic songs. The folk has its own beat and for the most part there are no original lyricists of folk songs. However lyricists like Kali Prasad Rijal, Gopal Yonjan have written songs for Nepali movies. Lyrics of Nepali movies such as Maitighar, Kusume Rumal, Samjhana, Basudev, Prem Pinda, Jeevan Rekha, Tilhari, Basuri, Anyaya, Lahure are absolutely beautiful and remembered by people to date.
Mayako barima piratiko phoola, Namana Laaj yasari, Kala kurtaile, Nilo nilo tyo aakash, Ukalima aghi aghi, Gairikhetko sirai hanyo, Fulko thunga bagera gayo, Isharale bolaunu pardaina, Nachu nacho laagyo malai are few of the many lyrics which have been sung beautifully by singers and composed well by musicians.
In the later years lyricists like Bhola Rijal and Yadav Kharel have written the lyrics for many film songs. Some of the famous lyrics of the 1990s and the early 2000s include Rato Tika Nidharma tallakka talkiyo, Bhare aunchu sapanima, Barsa timi cham cham gari barsideuna, Kaso kaso maya basyo, Kata kata uddaicha jindagi and more especially from the movies, Allare, Maili, Crorepati, Nata Ragatko, Darpan Chaya, Balidan, among others. Most of the Neplai film lyrics are catchy because of the repetitive chorus lines; the music composition on them by using traditional Nepali musical instruments, like the madal makes the songs unique and easy to remember.