“Well, I am not any special human being. I am just a simple guy who wants to have a good life, which means to be satisfied with whatever is reality. I may have some special inborn quality to carve sound but every one of us has some kind of special quality. I believe we are born to live and live to die, in between it, we are just passing time and I want to pass my time in my own way, happily. ”
- Bobin Bajracharya.
“It’s been 6 years since I’ve known him, we’re not that close friends but we do jam together when he comes here. His music, the way he writes his songs is totally different. I’d say he’s more popular outside Nepal rather than in Nepal. He’s played in a lot of shows in Japan. As a person he’s very simple and down to earth.”
“We met for the first time that’s like 15-16 years ago here in Nepal itself. One fine day he said he was going to Japan for his further studies, after that we didn’t meet for like 10 years. Then he came back, a musician and that’s not an ordinary musician. Yes, I like him.”
-Eriko, Masala Beads
"There is no such thing as a professional artist - - -You are either a Pro or an Artist” – Dai told me this once and I agree with him every time I sit down with him. I have seen a lot of good performers; singers; show stoppers etc, but very less people leave a mark on you. He happens to be one – the one with a heart and a soul. - Nischal Bajracharya – Kgarira.com
“He is a musician who believes in energy and vibes, if he feels it he sings it. For me he’s a good story teller. When he’s singing it feels like he’s saying a story or giving out a positive message. I am a big admirer of the stories behind his songs, I get a positive vive, feel energized, it takes me away to a different place.”
-Subin Shakya – Earthy Natural Wears
“Bobin dai is a super cool guy, who didn’t know how to speak in Nepali until he went to Japan…but I’m not sure about it though…hehe..Well he’s got an inspiring philosophy towards life ….all in all a great singer”
-Prabesh Manandhar – North Bridge Integrated Solution
“Bobin dai was fun. I loved his stories and he definitely knows his roots. I was totally inspired by him…spread the seed that’s what he said.”
-Dipesh Hirachan , Former Albatross drummer
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” Well that’s the magic of music and the musicians who can do just that are gifted and well Bobin Bajracharya is one gifted musician. Listen to his songs and you’ll nod your head to it.
Bobin Bajracharya lives a very simple life. Growing up in Patan, he was accustomed to the sounds of traditional instruments played during festivals. Bajracharya left to study international cooperation at Shumei University, where he discovered his true calling. That’s when he dedicated himself to making music. He soon began using traditional Newari instruments like the taa along with his guitar. In 2000, Bobin released the instrumental solo project Samsar through East Meets West studio in Kathmandu. Back in Japan he set out to establish his identity as a Nepali and to quench his musical thirst. His new vehicle was the group Bobin and the Mantra— himself, Nepali sitar and tabla player Sawan Joshi and Japanese Tomoco Tamako and Tetsutaro Tamaki, saxophone and bass players. The band was well received by Japanese audiences when they performed at the Fuji Rock Festival.
One of the organizers of the Shanti Utsav, a free music festival; he’s also associated with The Himalayan Connection (Jamming for freedom, his new band). He also owns a natural wear shop called the Melting Pot which is situated at heart of Mangal Bazzar.
Melting Pot takes you to another dimension once you enter. Small but interesting, Melting Pot is synonymous to never ending soothing music, warm dim lights, and all natural products ranging from the t-shirts to fashion accessories and the Bajracharya’s moms special Ama Candles. That’s where I met him, and I tell you I got inspired, and I’ve been listening to his songs a little more lately, specially the song ‘slow burning’. I can relate. Relate yourself too :
Cheery B: First I must ask who your biggest musical influences are.
Bobin Bajracharya: First my uncles. I always loved to hold their guitar and pretend to play. Then, the list follows. I really can’t pick up just one or few names.
Cherry B: What are your current projects?
Bobin Bajracharya: Musically, Shanti Utsav, The Himalayan Connection (Jamming for freedom, our new band) and in personal life, Melting Pot (my new shop which is at heart of Mangal Bazzar)
Cherry B: How would you describe your music? As in what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Bobin Bajracharya: I really can’t describe music because it’s about how you feel and feelings don’t have any kind of category or genre. Hear it ---Feel it.
Cherry B: What has been your biggest challenge as a musician?
Bobin Bajracharya: Staying fresh everyday in many senses.
Cherry B: What advice do you have for upcoming artists?
Bobin Bajracharya: Enjoy what you do and play your music to free yourself. And don’t act like a Rock Star.
Cherry B: Ten years from now you will be….
Bobin Bajracharya: My body 10 years older and mentally, more mature.
Cherry B: So what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t making music?
Bobin Bajracharya: Skateboarding, Himal Watching, Grass Cutting.
Cherry B: So far which artists have you collaborated with?
Bobin Bajracharya: I have jammed with many musical and other creative souls. Some famous, some not famous but don’t want to pick up names as it really doesn’t matter because it is a Past now.
Cherry B: Tell us about the Shanti Utsav that takes place every year.
Bobin Bajracharya: Shanti Ustav is a Free Festival which we have been organizing in Aksheswor Mahavihar at Pulchwok, next to Kantipur FM for few years. It is 100% volunteer base event that started in 2007 autumn. We’ve already done four and the 5th is scheduled on January 28th, 2011, Friday at same venue at Pulchwok. Every year, Candle JUNE, candle artist form Japan, who is also a member of the Shanti Utsav Committee teaches the street children from SATH SATH (NGO, helping and providing vocational training to generate jobs to street children) how to make candles. These candles are the backbone of the Shanti Utsav ambience.
This year in Shanti Utsav, we will have Japanese band Tengusa playing with me and few other musicians, stalls selling Shanti Utsav Official Goods, handmade candles by street children, Art exhibition, Café, Visual Jockey (OHP show) from Japan, DJ, venue decoration by Masala Beads and most importantly, we are planning on Solar Panel for electricity so that, we won’t have any problem with political load shedding.
This festival is not about our country or world peace. It’s about one’s own self peace. We will have good music with candle lights and many good vibes. So come and enjoy your ?Peace of Mind. It’s a free Festival!!!
Cherry B: Where can people get access to your music?
Bobin Bajracharya: You can find me once on YouTube as “HimalayanBob aka bobbin”, beside that if you can buy music from iTunes, you can find me there as well. But best way is to show up for some live music.
Cherry B: What is your motto or the advice you live by?
Bobin Bajracharya: I think the above answer also replies this question. But to speak more deeply, life is a flow and it flows on, so let it flow. As no one has seen future, I really believe tomorrow is always good. Tune your mind positively and be Happy.