Mr. Mohan Prasad Joshi, a medical doctor by profession, has come up with his debut musical album Kaha Cha Thau (Where is the Place).
The album opens with the title song Kaha Cha Thau (4:03 minutes) sung by the veteran singer Ram Krishna Dhakal. The crystal clear voice of Dhakal has perfectly matched with Joshi’s words. Joshi talks about the past memories and his words touch the inner core of the listeners’ hearts. Bajracharya has rightly given a flavour of flute, tabla and violin.
The second song Hyee Pahuna (3:12 minutes) is by Aani. The opening verse of the lyrics—Hyee Pahuna, Kina Aafnai Ghar Bhanthandai Chau, Rangarup Ma Rumaliyera, Dasthari Garna Thaldai Chau has a philosophical touch. In the song the writer takes life as a journey and urges his beloved to stay away from the materialistic pleasure. He suggests listening to one’s own heart and face the situation as it unfolds. The moving combination of tabla and flute gives a touch of classical music. The charming voice of Aani adds beauty to the words.
The third one Haat Milai Haatma (2:41 minutes) is by Bala Bhattarai. She has a high pitch of voice. This is a song mixed with human emotions. Though Bhattarai gives a different taste of voice, Bajrcharya’s music composition sounds tedious and the song is average.
The fourth song Timro Preet Cha Sarai Aanautho (3:51 minutes) is the second song by Dhakal. It has a blend of romance and emotion. The opening part of the music is noteworthy. Dhakal has sung with an inner feel and he has rightly bobbed with the words.
Euta Naadi Bagi Rahecha (4:29 minutes) is the second song by Aani. The use of opening solo guitar code is notable. Here the writer describes the flow of river and connects it with human emotions. Aani has also come up with a different scale in voice and it gives a different taste.
The sixth song Premi Bhayechu Premika Pani (2:57 minutes) is the second song by Bhattarai. Though it is a short song it has a deep touch in words. It is a spiritual song dedicated to the lord and the writer is immersed in his words.
The next song Malai Deau Priya (6:27 minuets) is one of the best from the album owing to the proper use of verse with philosophy hidden in it. The combination of Dhakal and Joshi has an emotional tie-up. The verse—Maan Bhitra Bichar Haru Ritiye Jastai, Lamo Yatra Pachi Ghar Bhitriye Jastai, Shanti Malai Deau Priya - has a peaceful note in it. Every verse has a touch of authenticity and Bajracharya has done a commendable composition with the use of classical instruments.
Swayam Bata Aafu Lai Mukta Paye (5:58 minutes) is the third song by Aani. This is a devotional and spiritual song. Here the writer uses words to express buoyancy after the release of self from the labyrinth of desires. Aani’s voice also rightly clicks in the spiritual song.
The ninth song Bharidyau Mero Maan (3:21 minutes) is the third and last song by Bhattarai. This also has a blend of spirituality and philosophy. Joshi explores solitude in the song. Joshi has described the ups and downs of the emotions felt in heart.
The song Saathi (3:05 minutes) is the fourth song by Aani. It has an idealistic feel. All the natural elements have been presented as an example and the writer urges all the people to observe nature and learn lessons from natural elements.
The curtain closer song Haath Milayera Sangai Niskera Jau (6:42 minutes) is by Dhakal. The album ends with a spiritual note. Joshi urges for unity among all and wishes for peace to prevail in the world.
Dhakal and Aani have sung four songs each in the album. Likewise, Bhattarai has three songs to her credit.
In the album Joshi has explored fragile human emotions. Joshi’s spontaneous flow of words has been highly inspired by nature and self observations. Dhakal, Aani and Bhattarai’s voices have also been rightly presented. The album cover looks attractive owing to the design and skillful presentation of lyrics inside it.
However, for variety seekers in the music this might not be a perfect choice. The album has philosophies and spiritual songs, so all the audience might not like it.