Kandara Band is a legendary musical group from Pokhara, Nepal formed back in 1994. They are considered to be one of the greatest bands in the history of Nepali music. The band includes Bivek Shrestha (Vocal), Sunil Thapa (Composer/Drums), Buddharaj Bajracharya (Founder/Keyboard), Ashim Sherchan (Guitar), Amit Gurung (Guitar), Anil Gurung (Bass), Avinash Gayak (Percussion). In 2016, Kandara made a comeback with the release of a new album featuring the popular song, “Bhedi Gothaima”.
Kandara’s musical influences range from ballads, rock ‘n roll, and jazz to contemporary Hindi film soundtracks. Kandara is best known for establishing the folk-pop genre within the Nepalese music industry. With its distinctive melodies, simple, folk-based lyrics, and soulful vocal performance, the band has produced several songs such as: “Leka ki hey Maya,” “Timi pari tyo Gauma,” “Bideshiyera gaien Uni,” and “Chanchale kanchhiko joban.” The band is known for creating new lyrics for existing popular songs, emphasizing themes of nationalism, human misery, love, and nature.
Watch the band performing Lekaki Hey Maya and Hongkong Pokhara live: