Even though the political upheaval in the country has taken a strong stance, entertainment in the form of music is not off the minds of many Nepali people. Music is an escape, a break, and a pause in the complications of our busy lives. It would be wrong to say that Western music does not hold a spot in the hearts of many; it is not uncommon to be greeted by a blast of air-conditioned breeze and the familiar voice of Rihanna when one enters a shop these days. However, the rise of Western music does not dictate the fall of Nepalese culture or music. As Nepalese artists experiment with different genres of music, like rock, pop, and jazz, they manage to gain popularity and win the hearts of many listeners.
One such band that has gained immense popularity and support is 1974 AD. The band was formed in 1994, covering a wide range of genres, including Nepali folk, rock and roll, rock, blues, and some jazz as well. The talented bunch who make up the band are Adrian Pradhan on vocal and drums, Nirakar Yakthumba on bass and as a backing vocal, Manoj Kumar KC on guitar, keyboards, and as a backing vocal, Sanjay Shrestha on precussion and as a backing vocal, and Manose Singh on flute. With the leave of vocalist and guitarist Phiroj Shyangden in 2009, the band and its fans suffered a great loss. However, the thirst to make music did not die there, and the band managed to blow away its audience with the August, 2010 album, “Aath Athara (8/18).” One listen to their songs will tell you that the band speaks for love, patriotism, unity, and nationalism. Some of their more famous songs include “Parelima,” “Nepali,” “Pahilo Junima,” “Sambodhan,” “Timi Bina,” and “Mayalule.” Naturally, the band has claimed quite a few awards with its captivating songs, including Kantipur FM Annual Award from 2001 to 2004, Image Award 2004 and 2005, and Hits FM Music Award 2000, 2002, and 2004.
1974 AD has weaved its way into the musical history of our country. Its songs and tunes will always reside in the hearts of all its fans. Other bands, such as Albatross, Nepathya, and Kutumba, have also made such an impact in the musical industry of Nepal.