Nearly a century after it made a lyric-less national tune, Nepal bring out a brand new national anthem that sings the song of Nepali people and the country, not the rulers. Listen to the anthem and realize how beautiful and great this country and its people are
सयौं थुङ्गा फूलका हामी एउटै माला नेपाली
र्सार्वभौम भई फैलिएका मेची महाकाली…
Almost 15 months after suspending the old national anthem that eulogized the country’s monarch, the government made the official new National Anthem of Nepal public yesterday. Organizing a special function at the Parliament Secretariat, Speaker Subas Nembang formally made public the new National Anthem penned by poet Byakul Mahila and set to music by veteran musician and lyricist Amber Gurung -public. Speaking at the program, Nembang said the newly released national anthem reflects the innermost feelings of Nepalese from all castes, creeds, religions and regions of Nepal. “This is a historic achievement that has ended the old national anthem, which eulogized an individual and autocracy,” he said. Musician Ambar Gurung said he was proud of having fulfill the challenging responsibility of composing music to the national anthem, entrusted to him by the government. “I feel I have become successful in my long musical journey by composing music for the national anthem,” he said. Similarly, poet Mahila expressed great pleasure at being able to serve the nation by penning the new national anthem.
The National Anthem Selection Task Team (NASTT) had selected poet Byakul Mahila’s song — Sayaun Thunga Phoolka Hami Eutai Mala Nepali — as the new National Anthem of Nepal on November 30 last year. A meeting of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday had selected the tune composed by veteran musician and lyricist Gurung out of the six compositions presented – three by Gurung, one by Nhyu Bajracharya and one each by the Nepal Police and Nepal Army. The restored House of Representatives in its May 18 House Proclamation had suspended the earlier National Anthem, which eulogized monarchy. The suspended anthem had been in use since 1899 AD (BS 18 Jestha 1982) when Chakrapani Chalise penned it and Bakhatbir Budhapirthi set it to music under the command of Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher. Back then, it was known as “Shree Paanch ko Salami”. Along with it, the two had put together another anthem called “Shree Teen ko Salami”. Both were in use until the Rana regime fell in 1950, after which the second disappeared into oblivion. “Shree Paanch ko Salami” became the national anthem of the country in 1962.
Now it’s time for Janata ko Salami (Salute to the people of Nepal):
Of hundreds of flowers made are we one garland Nepali
Sovereign are we spread from the Mechi to Mahakali
Teeming with tens of millions in heritage natural
Free and unshakable in blood spilled by the brave
Land of knowledge, land of peace, terai, hill and mountain
Indivisible this our motherland this our dear Nepal
Multi-ethnic and vast in religions, cultures, tongues galore
Progressive nation our Nepal, long long live Nepal