Rato ra Chandra Surya, Our pride and us
- Dinesh Bhattarai
- 440 words
- 3 min
Yogeshwor Amatya has given his own music and voice to this song along with a beautiful music video. Amatya's work is inspiring in every way. While rewatching the video today, I came across a parallel view in which I compare the song with the current state of Nepalese people.
A bit of history
Our glory, our identity relies on the geography or some incidents from the past. The most recent are from second world war when Nepalese soldiers, recruited under British Army, fought for The Allies and won. The bravery shown by The Gorkhas in the war was exemplary and everyone appraised them.
The country has stagnated since then. 107 years of darkness due to Rana regime, failed struggles to the path to democracy and decentralization, the 12 years of civil-war, contributed to the stagnation. All the hardships we had to bear, all the fear we had to face crumbled us internally. We had to struggle for life and we never got chance to think beyond basic survival instincts. Now our mind still exists in that existential void. Dreams and imaginations motivate us. Yet we have no skills, capital nor the innate desire and resourcefulness of entrepreuneurs. We are wishful and delusional. We spend most of our time in bikeshedding, fighting about parties, people, religion and leaders when we should be discussing about philosophies, economics, leadership and politics. We mistake both of them for the same. We are not productive. We are nostalgic about the past. We pride ourselves with Mt. Everest, Buddha and Gurkha and fight over them. Yes, they define our identities but they should not be our sole identities. While acknowledging their contributions, we should start working for our own identity.
In the music video, we have Amatya, drinking wine from his glass, and his partner, a lady, refilling the glass. Man, singing his nostalgic stories from the past, romancing over them, doing nothing in the present, and the young, energetic lady is a hostess to his will; unappreciated, un-acknowledged and unaware to her equal status and capacity as a human. Aren't we all doing the same? Half of the population talks gibberish, other half, serve their wishes.
I don't think this message in the video is intentional. But the parallels are staggering and unmistakeable. The song and the music video itself is a piece of art.