Jhuma Limbu – झुमा लिम्बू

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Jhuma Wanem Limbu

January 14, 2015

I am Jhuma Limbu ( Nep: झुमा लिम्बू ), a lady engaged in singing Nepali songs since more than a decade. I come from one of the Tibeto-Burman communities in Nepal.

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STV CHAT with Jhuma Limbu

January 14, 2015

I am Jhuma Limbu ( Nep: झुमा लिम्बू ), a lady engaged in singing Nepali songs since more than a decade. I come from one of the Tibeto-Burman communities in Nepal.

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झुमाले गाइन् लिम्बु सभ्यता

September 26, 2014

काठमाडौं– झुमा लिम्बुले विगतमा थुप्रै लिम्बु भाषाका गीत गाएकी थिइन्। तर, बिस्तारै उनलाई महसुस भयो, आफूले गाएका गीतको भाषा लिम्बु भए पनि संगीत लिम्बु थिएन।

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काठमाडौं– झुमा लिम्बुले विगतमा थुप्रै लिम्बु भाषाका गीत गाएकी थिइन्। तर, बिस्तारै उनलाई महसुस भयो, आफूले गाएका गीतको भाषा लिम्बु भए पनि संगीत लिम्बु थिएन। असली लिम्बु गीत गाउने चाहना त्यसपछि उनमा पलायो। चार वर्ष लगातार मिहेनत गरेपछि झुमाले आफ्नो चित्तबुझ्दो एल्बम निकालेकी छन्।
गायिका झुमाको ‘खासाम’ नामक एल्बम गीतहरुको संगालोमात्र होइन लिम्बु सभ्यताको एउटा दस्तावेजको रुपमा आएको छ। मुन्धुम संगीतमा आधारित मौलिक प्रस्तुति हो यो। उनले आफ्नो यस एल्बमलाई ‘इथ्निक म्युजिक’को व्याकरण बनाउने अभियानको सुरुवात मानेकी छन्। ‘मैले यो एल्बमका लिम्बु गीतहरुको नोटेसन तयार पार्न केही संगीतज्ञलाई आग्रह गरे, तर उहाँहरुले यसको छुट्टै ग्रामर बनाउनुपर्छ, परम्परागत नोटेसनमा मिल्दैन भन्नुभयो,’ झुमाले अनुभव सुनाइन्, ‘लिम्बुमात्र होइन अरु इथ्निक म्युजिकको पनि वर्णमाला चलनचल्तीको ‘सात स्वर’सँग मिल्दो रहेनछ।’

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Musical Mundhum

September 21, 2014

Jhuma Limbu, a female musician, has recently released a unique musical package ‘Khaasaam’ which contains solo and ensemble performances and a booklet featuring Limbu songs.

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Jhuma Limbu, a female musician, has recently released a unique musical package ‘Khaasaam’ which contains solo and ensemble performances and a booklet featuring Limbu songs. The musicals encapsulate the essential component of the Limbu Mundhum, a story of genesis and other chants. This is the result of this young singer and musician’s personal research on the singing tradition of the Limbu Vedic chants and on the repartee between boys and girls which form an important part of the Limbu musical culture. This brilliant and gifted singer, also trained in classical and Western musical traditions, has taken up personal cudgels for this. She visited Limbu performance spaces in Limbuwan regions of Nepal and Sikkim in India…

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PETER J. KARTHAK

December 27, 2013

On the last Friday of 2013, December 27, the YalaMaya Kendra at Patan Dhoka saw Jhuma’s Limbu’s CD “Amber Sangeet” being made public

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On the last Friday of 2013, December 27, the YalaMaya Kendra at Patan Dhoka saw Jhuma’s Limbu’s CD “Amber Sangeet” being made public at a well-attended gathering which saw on the dais the likes of Kamal Mani Dixit as the chief guest, Durgalal Shrestha, Ratna Shumsher Thapa, Amber Gurung, Abhi Subedi, and the undersigned, as some of the keynote speakers. The event had Bikram Subba as its coordinator.The CD has six songs, set to music by Amber Gurung; one song being written by Ratna Shumsher Thapa, the rest are Gurung’s lyrics. Jhuma Limbu, a student of Mr. Gurung in modern and Indian classical music, is the singer.

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झुम्दै झुमा (फोटो फिचर)

December 27, 2013

वि.सं. २०६० मा ‘ए साइला’ नामक लोक आधुनिक अल्बमसँगै नेपाली सांगीतिक क्षेत्रमा उदाएकी झुमा लिम्बु ‘अम्बर संगीत’ नामक एकल अल्बम लिएर स्रोतामाझ आएकी छन् ।

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वि.सं. २०६० मा ‘ए साइला’  नामक लोक आधुनिक अल्बमसँगै नेपाली सांगीतिक क्षेत्रमा उदाएकी झुमा लिम्बु ‘अम्बर संगीत’ नामक  एकल अल्बम लिएर स्रोतामाझ आएकी छन् । उनको अल्बमको १२ पुसमा राजधानीको पाटनढोकास्थित यलमाया केन्द्रमा विमोचन भयो ।

साहित्यकार कमलमणि दीक्षित, पिटर जे कार्थक, गीतकार रत्न समशेर थापा, संगीत तथा नाट्य एकेडेमीका कुलपति तथा वरिष्ठ संगीतज्ञ अम्बर गुरुङ,  कवि तथा गीतकार दुर्गालाल श्रेष्ठ, प्रोफेसर डा.अभि सुवदीले संयुक्त रुपमा विमोचन गरे ।

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About Me

jhumaI am striving for the identity of Nepali music. Being born in the village of Maiwa khola in the far-eastern hills of Taplejung district, my musical heart is filled with mundhum, which is a living heritage of human cosmos and civilization. Mundhum upholds a scientific approach towards the life and nature thus, they remain inherent attributes of  Mundhum. The mundhum describes the mother nature as the source of power, knowledge, consciousness and life.

The medium of expression in the mundhum is based on the singing in the accompaniment of specific musical instruments. The mundhum is recited eloquently in religious and cultural rituals. The myriads stories ingrained in mundhum are articulated through rhythms, melodies and montages. Therefore, the ethnic folk-music remains an integral part of the Limbu culture. The source for ethnic folk-music such as hakpare, palam, khyali is no other than the mundhum itself, which are also the base of the Nepali folk-music. This perhaps inculcated in me as an indelible love for the music soaked in the mundhum flair.Thus, her musical consciousness and psychology are guided by the mundhum philosophy of the Limbu ethnicity. I am consciously and deliberately endeavoring to establish this very essence of ethnicity in the Nepali music.

‘My muse for original music’

The classical genre of music was seemingly dominant when I first came to Kathmandu to become a singer. I was a bit intimidated for not being trained in a classical system of learning, rather grew up listening to the Limbu phedangmas, sambas and yebas singing the mundhum in their shivering demeanor in the village. When I reached adolescence, I found myself in the group of singers while performing dhan-nach in the village fairs. But, classical training was compulsory in Kathmandu. I could not forsake it because I had vowed to become a singer. So, I began learning it. I put all my efforts in it for few years. One fine day, I deeply reflected its role in the development of Nepali music, but could not get an answer. Later, I realized it to be a different aspect. My early songs were based on classical way of singing that nevertheless established me as a singer. But, I was not satisfied. I felt these songs are devoid of originality. Thus, my yearning for originality continued. I started researching on the music that was embedded in the mundhum of the Limbu community and spent almost a decade doing so. As a consequence of this, ‘Khaasaam’ was produced. The songs in this album are not only based on the mundhum, moreover the songs are composed of the Limbu language. The songs in the albums are recorded using the local folk and ethnic music instruments. This album has quenched my thirst for singing songs that are actually original. I can now deem myself as a true Nepali singer.

Nepal is a nation of diverse ethnicity. After researching on the Limbu music, I can argue that Nepal is an ocean of original music. A study on the music of all prevalent ethnicity is very necessary. But, I feel the traditional music has been vanishing due to the lack of research, protection and promotion. It is important to preserve these gems of our heritages of human civilization, which are the prodigious property of the nation while keeping them unadulterated from the influence of ‘bigger’ music and culture.

I plead with the musicians of newer generations to invest their time in the study of native and original music. Nonetheless, I will devote my rest of life in it. The musical bug inside me urges me to study quintessential musical instruments of Nepal too. Therefore, I request all the communities to study, preserve, and bring out their own ethnic folk-music. Such work definitely contributes to preserve and transfer the knowledge on the ethnic folk music and human civilization to the new generation. Not only Nepali music but also the world can benefit by such work. I’m confident that Nepal can woo the rest of the world by its music. Let’s hope and put all our efforts to show Nepal’s orchestra of original music to the world!

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Khaasaam

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