Eastern Classical Musicians

Jonisha PoudelVocals

As a gifted exponent of khayal, the preeminent genre of Hindustani classical music, Jonisha Poudel has already made a deep mark at a young age. Trained under the guidance of Shree K.C., one of Nepal’s most respected khayal and dhrupad vocalists, she has won multiple honours and performed at many prestigious classical music festivals. She has also studied with Pt. Vishnu Acharya, the renowned Nepali dhrupad singer, and the decorated Indian vocalist Pt. Rajeshwor Acharya. In 2017, she performed a solo concert organised by the Sanskritik Sansthan (National Cultural Corporation). Her talent ranges beyond classical music as well: she has recorded hit songs for the Nepali film industry and been the lead vocalist for the band Vastu.


Santosh Bhakta – Ishraj

Santosh Bhakta Shrestha has dedicated himself to the ishraj for two and a half decades, and has achieved tremendous mastery on this classical instrument. A pupil of Mohan Joshi, Shrestha has performed and toured in Nepal and abroad, and has contributed to hundreds of recordings.

Dhan Bahadur Gurung – Flute

Dhan Bahadur Gurung began his training in the flute at the Kalanidhi School of Music – the same school where he is a teacher today. He has honed his skill with the legendary Ustaad Hariprasad Chaurasia, and was selected the best flautist in the Shastriya Sangeet Samiti competition in 2008.

Nimesh Kapali – Tabla

One of Nepal’s most promising young Tabla players, Nimesh Kapali began his journey in music learning the nadal with his father at the age of three before starting on the tabla at the age of six with his guru Nhuchhe Darshandhari. He went on to study for five years with the late Nepali tabla maestro Rabin Lal Shrestha, and has received instruction from the Indian master Pt. Gourishankar Karmakar. He has won multiple prestigious awards and performed at numerous