Bhaktapur, July 24, 2016:Â Youths in Bhaktapur are busy making preparations for the Gai Jatrafestival these days. Most of them are busy rehearsing for cultural performances for the festival.
â€œEvery year youths between the ages of 12 and 35 years play traditional instruments during Gai Jatra,â€ said culture expert Om Daubadel.
â€œA month before the festival, youths start learning how to play traditional musical instruments such as dhime and dha baja,â€ he added.
Gai Jatra is a festival celebrated by especially by the Newar community.
It is celebrated to commemorate dead relatives. This year the festival will be celebrated on August 19.
â€œTraditional music and dance performances make the festival livelier,â€ said Rabindra Jyakhwo, a teacher at Khwopa College.
With Gai Jatra approaching, youths in Bhaktapur are increasingly being attracted to traditional musical instruments these days.
â€œYouth are mostly interested in playing dhime and basuri,â€ said Bala Ram Prajapati, director of Bhaktapur Saving and Credit Co-operative Ltd.
â€œBecause of growing interest among youths, we have been providing basuri, dhime, and dha training twice in a year,â€ said Prajapati.