The Nepalese Rag
by Tom Bopp
| *Since posting this rag on the late John Roache’s excellent Ragtime
midi page, the following enlightening correspondence ensued:
Hi Tom -
Please pass this on to Tom Bopp:
The following courtesy of Rajesh Karki of Katmandu, age 27, currently way down yonder in New Orleans and dealing with everything with remarkable grace and aplomb (a Mississippi Steamboat is the first boat he has ever been on).
The only one of the four songs he is actually familiar with is Resham Firiri ---The Wind is Blowing---which he says is a very old and very very popular folk song. The other three he never heard before but he loves the rag and thinks the transition of the Nepalese music to ragtime is just great...no vegetables were thrown. The names of the other songs are "In the Trishulima River on a Buenka seat" which I take to be some kind of float you play around with in the water, Dharti Merini Lai Lai is "My Earth Hey! Hey!" or something similar, Lai Lai being roughly equivalent to Hey Hey, Hah Hah or Bippity Boppity Boo, and Asali Bana Ho means "A real jungle, yes." Personally my view is that if you can't march to it, it isn't music, but what do I know.