Kandara Band – Legendary Musical Group From Pokhara, Nepal

February 26, 2022

Kandara Band is a musical group from Pokhara, Nepal. The band formed in 1994 AD and takes its name after the Nepalese word for “a gorge or a cave in the middle of remote hills or mountains”.

In the past 26 years, Kandara has performed both nationally and internationally. Kandara’s first album, Chanchale Kanchhi, was released in 1994. The title song of the album, Chanchale Kanchhi was a critical success, and can now be seen as a milestone for the band. Songs released in 1996 such as “Lekaki hey maya”, “Timi pari”, and “Bideshiyera gaeen uni”, from the album, Danda Pari, further established the band among fans as one known for its compositions with themes of love and tragedy. “Hong Kong-Pokhara”, the title song of the Hong Kong-Pokhara album, found its fame beyond Pokhara and Nepal and became popular among migrant Nepalese around the globe.

After an 8-years break, Kandara was rejuvenated in 2006 by another hit, “Tagaroma Rumal Raakhi”. The album Barshaun Pachhi, has earned numerous awards and still has an influential impact on the band’s fan base.

Kandara is best known for helping to establish the folk-pop genre within the Nepalese music industry. With its distinctive melodies, simple, folk-based lyrics, and soulful vocal performance, the band has produced several songs such as: “Leka ki hey Maya,” “Hongkong Pokhara,” “Tagaroma rumal Rakhi,” “Timi pari tyo Gauma,” “Bideshiyera gaien Uni,” and “Chanchale kanchhiko joban.” The band is known for creating new lyrics for existing popular songs, emphasizing themes of nationalism, human misery, love, and nature.

Kandara was among the first in the industry to collaborate with famous Nepalese poets and lyricists such as Sarubhakta Shrestha, Binod Gauchan, and Ramesh Shrestha to write lyrics – a practice that has now become popular within the Nepalese music industry. Through time, Kandara has established themselves as one of the most popular folk-pop acts in Nepal. “Lekaki Hey Maya”, “Hong Kong Pokhara”, “Danda Pari”, “Tagaroma Rumal Rakhi” and “Chanchale Kanchi” are some of the band’s most popular songs.

– 1994: Chanchale Kanchi
– 1996: Danda Pari
– 1998: Hong qKong Pokhara
– 2006: Barshaun Pachhi
– 2016: Bhedi Gothaima

– Bivek Shrestha
– Sunil Thapa
– Buddharaj Bajracharya
– Amit Gurung
– Ashim Sherchan
– Anil Gurung
– Avinash Gayak

– Ashish Parajuli