Photo: Tija Grebieniow


Angela Nawang
Program Coordinator

Angela comes from a background in community organising in Queens, New York. She is interested is writing and folk music and arts.

Bhushan Shilpakar

He is a graphic designer and consultant with over two decades of experience in the field of arts. He was the former manager of Kutumba, co-founder of, co-founder of Nepal Picture Library, and co-founder of Photo Kathmandu. He runs Sparkplug, an ideas-to-implementation company.

Dikshant Uprety
Conference Coordinator

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

Rupak Raj Sunuwar
Graphic Designer

Rupak is a freelance visual artist based in Kathmandu. He has been creating digital art and murals for the past five years. He loves to turn his imagination into reality through illustrations. He is passionate about off-road biking, photography and videography.


Anna Stirr

Anna is an author, researcher, professor, singer, flutist, and percussionist. She holds a BA in music and religious studies from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University. She has taught at Oxford University, Leiden University, and the New School. She performs Nepali folk music, and is an associate professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Arun Gurung

Apart from being a rock bass guitarist, he manages Kutumba. Having acquired technical knowledge on sound and also being an active media person, Arun handles all the technical aspects of the band. He actively oversees all band engagements, and is the creative head for all projects both nationally and internationally.

Barta Gandharba

Barta is a folk singer/songwriter, composer and sarangi player. A graduate of Lalit Kala Campus and Nepal Music Center, she has taught at the University of Agder in Norway, Nepal Sangeet Vidhyalaya and Arya Tara School. She has participated in The Voice of Nepal, and has collaborated with many artists.

Jhuma Limbu

Trained in classical and western musical traditions, Jhuma is a singer and researcher of folk music in Nepal, particularly of the Limbu tribes from the far eastern region of the country. Her new album 'Mundhum,' is inspired from the tradition of Limbu vedic chants and repartee between boys and girls, an important part of Limbu musical culture.

Niraj Shakya

He is a founding member of the black-metal band Antim Grahan, and folk band Night and performed in various national and international prestigious music festivals. He is also involved in song arrangements and creating background score for movies, documentaries and theatre play.

Pushpa Palanchoke

As the only woman pursuing her MA in Ethnomusicology at Kathmandu University, Pushpa is the recipient of the prestigious Nepal Chatra Vidhya Padak and Nepal Vidhya Bhusan national awards. Her academic interests are applied ethnomusicology, gender, rituals, and sustainability of, and through community music. Compassion is her way of life.

Rizu Tuladhar
Co-founder/Festival Chair

Rizu has been a professional bass player for two decades. Head of the Western Band Ensemble Department at Nepal Music Centre, he also teaches at the Ethnomusicology Department of Kathmandu University. Rizu is a member of KantaDabDab.

Rajan Shrestha

He is a Kathmandu based inter-disciplinary artist working primarily with music and produces music under the moniker of phatcowlee. One of the founding members of Fuzzscape, a platform for cultural documentation with focus on music, archival and storytelling through audio-visual medium, Rajan is an ethnomusicology scholar.

Robin Dangol

Robin is an ethnomusicologist and a music educator who has been professionally engaged in music for over a decade. As a graduate of ethnomusicology, he has been continuously involved in research mainly focused on ethnic music and the changes therein. He is a lecturer at Kathmandu University’s Department of Music.

Sunit Kansakar

Sunit has been playing guitar and sitar for the past 20 years. In addition, he is also a sound engineer and a music instructor at Nepal Music Center. He is a member of KantaDabDab and Mukti and Revival.

Vilma Timonen

Vilma is a musician pioneering in promoting the Finnish national instrument, Kantele, through various artistic settings including her own ensemble, the Vilma Timonen Quartet. She has worked comprehensively in theatre and contemporary dance productions. In addition, Vilma is a researcher and lecturer at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts in Helsinki.