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Performing in Kurseong is a beautiful experience: Bipul Chettri

Performing in Kurseong is a beautiful experience: Bipul Chettri
Wed, Nov 7, 2018

ISABELLA GURUNG

GANGTOK: Bipul Chettri, one of the most celebrated singer-songwriter from Kalimpong was the headliner for the first day of Kurseong’s popular musical extravaganza ‘The Pine Tree Festival’ held at Victoria, Kurseong on October 26-27.
The songster performed 14 songs that also included his hit numbers- Wildfire (Dadhelo), Junkeri, Basant, Syndicate, Ram Sailee etc. where the audience sang along with him and danced to the beat.
In an exclusive interview with SIKKIM EXPRESS, the musician expressed his love for Kurseong and shared his experience performing in the hill town for the second time. He was also the headliner for the first edition of The Pine Tree Festival held in 2016.
“I always feel a different kind of contentment when I come to Kurseong, because the town is very close to my heart. My father, Nirendra Mohan Chettri was from Kurseong. Although, I was brought up in Kalimpong, my roots are from Kurseong. I have performed in different venues, globally. But performing here in Kurseong is a beautiful experience. It feels like playing in my own backyard. The crowd was awesome and I feel I was able to connect with the youth and inspire them,” shared Bipul.
The Pine Tree Festival is the first of its kind event in the hills. A grand fiesta dedicated to music has not even happened in places like Sikkim and Darjeeling. The Pine Tree Production (organiser of the festival), that consists of six young boys from Kurseong have put in a lot of effort to make the festival a major success.
We should all support them and make the event happen for the hills (in future too), so that young musicians get a platform to showcase their talents, added Chettri.
The 37-year-old was accompanied by The Travelling Band which consists of a line-up of highly experienced musicians. The members include Pranay Gurung (guitars), Rahul Rai (bass), Prince Nepali (Sarangi), Aman Singh Rathore (drums), Shivam Kharel (keys), Binaya Man Amatya (sound engineer) and Sonam Tashi (band manager). The band has been accompanying him in all his live gigs.
“The band members are professional musicians-in-demand. All are working in projects, schools and bands. We are also working on a new music that will be out soon. We don’t want to disclose much right now,” informed Bipul.
Before The Pine Tree Festival, Bipul was travelling for a month long US tour, where he performed in venues aross seven cities- Denver, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Minnesota, Oakland and Seattle.
The tour was good. It was a good feeling to perform Nepali songs in the US. There was a huge Nepali diaspora, that share the same love for music and joy, recalls Chettri.
The singer will also be performing in Kathmandu in November and Arunachal Pradesh in December.
To the youth, Bipul urged them to be proud of themselves and always be themselves. Don’t look too far but look for things that are immediate and close. Be original and be proud of who you are, he concluded.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi