Music Copyright and Royalty in Nepal
Echoes in the Valley (EITV) Music Conference 2021

EITV is committed to create an engaging platform for the exchange of practices, experiences, research, and philosophies.

This year, we are dedicating a day of conferencing around the theme of music rights, particularly issues of copyright and royalty in Nepal. Through conversations and interactions between stakeholders (musicians, music businesses, educators, policy makers and students), we will explore questions around how and why it is important to obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for the work of any musician. Stakeholders will provide their insights on the current situation in Nepal and discuss ways forward.


11 AM – 12:30 PM (Nepal)




11:00 - 11:10 am Panel Introduction by Dikshant Uprety (Moderator)

11:10 - 11:20 am Bishnu K. Bhattarai, Registrar, Nepal Copyright Registrar’s Office, Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal

11:20 - 11:30 am Santosh Sharma, Founder/Owner, Music Nepal, and Member Secretary, Nepal Music Center (NMC)

11:30 am - 11:40 am Barta Gandharba, Folk Singer/Songwriter/Music Composer

11:40 - 11:50 am Rohit John Chettri, Musician

11:50 - 11:55 am Priyanjana Bhattarai, Intellectual Property and Information Lawyer

11:55 - 12:00 pm Ritavrat Joshi, Musician, Cofounder at Noodle

12:00 - 12:25 pm Floor open for discussion

12:25 - 12:30 pm Closing Notes: Riju Tuladhar, Co-founder/Festival Chair, EITV


Barta Gandharba: Barta is a folk singer/songwriter/music composer based in Kathmandu. A flagbearer of indigenous Gandharba music tradition, Barta is the only female professional Sarangi player in the country who also teaches globally.

Bishnu K. Bhattarai, is an Under Secretary of the Government of Nepal and is currently the Registrar at the Nepal Copyright Registrar's Office. She completed her fellowship in Intellectual Property from KOICA and SIDA in 2014. She has initiated awareness programs in several districts of Nepal and has contributed in policy making in Intellectual Property.
Priyanjana Bhattarai: Priyanjana Bhattarai is an Intellectual Property and Entertainment Lawyer based in Nepal. Through her initiative Kala Legal, she works with independent Musicians, Illustrators, and other Creators, helping them protect their interests through legal counsel.

Ritavrat Joshi: A full time Renewable Energy Engineer and a professional musician, currently involved in six projects as producer/bassist/lyricist. Founder of the pioneer music streaming platform Noodle Rex, and a promoter of original bands/artists.
Rohit John Chhetri: Rohit John Chhetri is a singer, musician, music producer, lyricist and guitarist from Kathmandu. He was a part of the Nepalese rock band 1974 AD in 2015. His song 'Bistarai Bistarai' have received more than six million views.
Santosh Sharma: A pioneer in the Nepali music industry Santosh Sharma is the founder and owner of Music Nepal. Mr. Sharma is also the Chairman of Copyright Protection Society of Nepal (CPSN), the first copyright society of Nepal. CPSN has helped to bring new copyright law and worked to strengthen the copyright regime in the country. He is also the Member Secretary at Nepal Music Center (NMC), a school of music in Kathmandu.

Dikshant Uprety, he is a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, USA. Besides academia.He is also a founding board member of 3iR, a research institution based in Kathmandu.

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