Kathmandu- Seturam Shrestha was a composer, vocalist, and musician from Nepal who lived from 1891 to 1941. He was recognized as an Ustad and played a significant role in Nepal’s modern music movement at the turn of the 20th century. He was the first Nepalese musician to release a song on a phonograph disc in 1908. He recorded several songs in a studio in Kolkata, India, including the well-known Rajamati. Seturam sang songs with social reform messages in addition to love ballads. The recording session was sponsored by Janak Lal Shrestha, owner of Bhadrakali House, then Kathmandu’s primary record shop.
The introduction of ghazal music to Nepal is also credited to Seturam. Ghazal is a poetry genre that has its roots in traditional Arabic verse and conveys the beauty of love.