Friday, March 14, 2008

Nepali FM Stations Murdered Nepali Music Artists !

In last few years, with budding of various FM Stations in the country, music piracy is reaching to its highest level in double speed. Killing of Nepali Music Artists has just begun, and yet it seems to go for more in the coming days. Music piracy is what everyone's talking about and it’s what the reason behind. Music Piracy includes copying audio songs from an audio CD or a cassette to any format is piracy, which includes copying to MP3/MP4 Players, Computers, and Blank CD/DVDs, unless you bought the original CD/Cassette. On the other hand, sharing those songs to anyone is simply PIRACY even if you have bought the original.

Though FM Stations are the one to promote music, it’s a bitter truth that FM Stations are up ahead in Music Piracy. Most of the FM Stations, store music in MP3 format which is simply illegal; in a sense that, no Nepali albums have been released till date in this format and songs in MP3 formats aren’t yet legally sold in Nepal. In most of the cases, MP3s are shared by the staffs and owners of the FM Stations to their relatives and friends; that’s how piracy begins.

Secondly, FM Stations do not buy English and Indian Audio CDs to play but download from the internet, which clearly shows FM Stations, are fully supporting Music Piracy. If they are not willing to pay for Indian and English audio CDs, why would they be willing to pay for the Nepali ones? It’s crystal clear that for most of the FM station in the country, what matters is MONEY, and music piracy is what really helps.

Thirdly, broadcasting materials owned by others is illegal. It’s what THIEF does. Alike, FM Stations are playing songs without paying a paisa to the artists. Even single play of any artist’s song owes him/her royalty for making listeners tune to any FM station. Will there be any FM listeners without music? If no, then why are the FM stations killing music artists.

Lastly, an effort against music piracy should begin from the FM stations, treating music from round the globe equally. If we stand against music piracy for Indian and English also in Nepal, we can and will stop Music Piracy in years to come.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Shanti Mela Turned Out To Be Ashanti Ko Vela

Though few days later a peace musical gathering was held in Narayangarh at Campachour yesterday. Proving itself less college and more an event management company, Balkumari College organised the two days event with folk, pop and rock musical bands.

But as its name, the event went just the opposite. On the second/final day of the event, with the start of Cobweb band's performance, fights went on between boys gathered there in various place, and the organisers were hardly able to stop them. Though whole college family were there including various students leaders, the fight went long in the peace fest.

An hour before the end of the event, I could see few buddhist monks coming inside the venue in the "Shanti Mela"; and few minutes later they were gone. And I was no surprised.

Officially closing the ceremony, the Princial of the Balkumari College announced that the college will be organising such events in the future also. Surprised ?

We do need to know, though Loktantra is now in the country, but College aren't established to organising events or so on. And Mr. Shrestha you do need to realize, various fights in the venue shows whether it was a successful event or not. Collecting money in the name of peace is a shame, and yet fights added is ...

Lets banned such events.