Jhalak Man Gandarbha
  Based on an interview
 
 
 
Jhalak Man Gandarbha started singing for a livelihood in villages of Nepal from the age of nine. Born to in 1935 to a family belonging to the Gandharbha clan, he learned to sing, dance, and play music early on from his father.

The Gandharbhas play different kind of folk tunes like Jhyaure, khyali geet, and karkha (songs written to praise someone for their deeds). They also play for the gods. The Gandarbhas have a unique four string instrument called Sarangi. They play Sarangi and sing along around the village and thus entertain the society.

The former government had banned the Gandarbhas from singing Karkha, for they praised the heroes. Since then Karkha has almost been lost. But now, Jhalak Man says that he has composed Karkhas of some twenty Nepali heroes who have shown their bravity during the Second World War. Gaje Ghale, honored with Victoria Cross after the Second World War, is one of them.

The Gandarbhas are inhabitants in Gorkha, Kaski, Lamjung, Dang, Salyan, Tanahu, Baglung, Parbat, Palpa, Banke, Bardiya, Chitwan, Makwanpur, and Syangja districts. Jhalak Man believes that this caste of people is primarily from Gorkha and was scattered through out the country in their course for the search for new villages to entertain.

He has recorded a single album. But the demand for the album was so high that Music Nepal, who released his cassette, pays him a royalty of Rs.2000-3000 per month. Jhalak Man is very grateful to Keshari Dharmaraj Thapa, for offering him a place in Radio Nepal Station in 1965. He is delighted that his songs have been appreciated by many people.

In his course of performing his songs internationally he has toured different countries like German, Belgium, Yugoslavia, France, and India.

He appreciates the significant efforts made by Kumar Basnet, Ram Thapa, Sambhu Rai, Jayananda Lama, Premraja Mahat, Bam Bahadur Rai, Chandra Shah, Mira Rana, Gyanu Rana, Dharmaraj Thapa, and Lochan Bhattarai to preserve the importance of folk songs. He reminds the responsible sector to install a reliable research program to collect and promote folksongs of our country and warns them of the crucial stage in which these folksongs have reached in our fast modernizing country.

He moved from Pokhara to Kathmandu and has settled in a house near Bhatkepati village in Kirtipur. He lives in a family of five with his second wife. While his first wife still lives in Pokhara with five other members and his eldest son, Prakash, has followed his footsteps.