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Drum Jatra | Kathmandu Percussion Festival

June, 24-29

Rhythms of Unity & Diversity

Drum Jatra, the Kathmandu Percussion Festival celebrates the joys of percussion sounds from numerous cultural backgrounds.

With the slogan of “Rhythms of Unity and Diversity,” the six-day festival will feature a wide spectrum of percussion instruments performed by Nepal’s master drummers and percussionists in venues around the Kathmandu Valley. Under the Artistic Direction of Navin Chettri, the festival is put together by the team at The Music Room.

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KPF (Kathmandu Percussion Festival) strives to make the music accessible to as many people as possible by actively including free shows, educational school programs and workshops.

Navin Chettri

Navin Chettri is a percussionist, vocalist, composer and music educator. He is the founder and artistic director of the Kathmandu Jazz Festival …


Rabin Lal Shrestha is a leading figure of classical music in Nepal, and one of the country’s most respected…


Kathmandu Baja Puca is a young group performing in the Naykhibaja tradition. The Nay refers to the Newar…

Tamba Sangh Women’s Tamang Selo Damphu Group

Tamba Group performs in the Tamang Selo style. This musical tradition is a central part of Tamang culture, and has come to be widely known…

Esad Halilovic

Esad Halilovic works as a jazz drummer, composer and teacher in Vienna, Austria. He has been acclaimed for his album Merak…

Abhaya Krishna Shrestha

Abhaya Krishna Shrestha is a musician, composer and ethnomusicologist. Besides his early training in Western-style drums …

Mangal Man Maharjan

Mangal Man Maharjan is an accomplished singing- bowl artist, as well as theatre practitioner…


(Navin Chettri, Kiran Shahi, Abhaya Shrestha, Ashesh Rai, Sahil Laheja, Spandan Singh, Vivek Lama, Deependra Kafle, Siddhant Basnet, Sanjay Shrestha)

Salil Subedi

Salil Subedi is a pioneer didgeridoo player from Nepal who has explored the ancient wind instrument’s potential beyond music…

Kiran Shahi

Kiran Sahi is a drummer and percussionist, with a long record of both performance and teaching. He is best known for playing with the Nepali…

Cadenza Collective

Cadenza Collective, headed by the drummer and composer Navin Chettri, is one of the most unique and eclectic bands to emerge from Kathmandu…

Naresh Prajapati

Naresh Prajapati is one of Nepal’s most sought-after percussionists, and a specialist on Madal Tarang…

Highlights Drum Jatra 2019

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