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Rajendra Keshari Pandey

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THE COMEBACK OF PUNTE DAMAI

“Pokhara ko Punte Damai nachhi nachhi hinchha, euta churot salkayera pasal bhitra paschha.”

In my crude English translations this should read like below:

“The little Damai (tailor) of Pokhara walks on dancing then after lighting a cigarette enters his workshop”.


This used to be a common scene. A daily life of celebration and a magical atmosphere existed in Nepal and especially in Pokhara Valley, where many such folk songs were created. These were the days when happy people danced, worked, lived peacefully and were contented. Numerous fine folk songs were created about these people, their daily life, culture and traditions. In those days, life had a joyful meaning, and simple purpose, so it was generally good. Life was a celebration and it now looks like that same momentum is making a long awaited comeback. Even Sir Edmund Hillary expressed great hope few months back on his visit following the restoration of democracy in Nepal.

During my college days in the faculty of economics there was one question, which was frequently asked.
“Nepal is a rich country inhabited by the poor” Please Justify? I would say Nepal is definitely a rich country. It is no doubt scenically beautiful and has a mix of castes, creeds and communities with a natural tolerance of each other creating a unique ambiance. This country is like a magnificent garden having multi-dimensional beauty. Blindfolded one can point a finger at a map of Nepal and find an interesting place to visit. Nature has been very generous to Nepal and offered so much abundance for everyone to enjoy. It is a paradise meant for sustainable tourism, which if implemented thoughtfully and well managed will help us create prosperity for all. Since the dawn of real democracy here, it should not take so long to make things happen. Strong will, dedication and honesty are few basic words, which if applied correctly can bring back prosperity for the people. Then we will welcome the return of the Punte Damai dancing and singing again spontaneously as life regains its full richness.