Dreams of the World: Sarangi Player from Pokhara (Nepal)

Bukun Ghandavra belongs to the Gaine, a musician cast in Nepal. Photograph © KIKE CALVO

This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels.

“My dream is to continue playing the Sarangi. I belong to the Gandharwa , a musician cast. Both my mother and father played the same instrument, a four-stringed violin-like instrument.  About 300 years ago my cast, the Gandharwa , delivered news through music. Today we still sing ballads from village to village,”  explains Bukun Ghandavra, who was born in Thanau Tanaw, a village near Pokhara. He started playing the Sarangi at the age of 21 and since then he has played continuously for the last 16 years ago.  “There is no appreciation for this instrument in Nepal,” he says.” In other countries they love my music. Music has not made me a rich man, but thanks to music, I have been able to perform in Japan, Korea, Ireland and Australia. “

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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com