CyberSansar : Exclusive
Interview with Acharya Prava
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She started the journey of literature in the year 2034 BS. Having spent more than 30 years in this field, Acharya Prabha has recently come up with her first literary creation, "Paradesh Bata". We caught up exclusively with Mrs. Acharya Prabha to talk about her literature and musical journey. She has been residing in America for 2 and half years with her husband and her elder daughter. Various musicians and singers have borrowed her lyrics and around 400 of her songs are already recorded. Acharya Prabha is not a new name whether in the field of literature or music. Cybersansar managed to arrange an exclusive conversation with her where she talks about her life in America, her musical and literary journey, her recently published creation "Paradesh Bata" and many more.
Here are some excerpts of the interview.
1. Tell us something about your career. When did your literary journey start?
Well, I exactly don't know the time I felt I could write anything. I used to write for myself, later on, after 2034, it turned out to be literature after my first poem was ever published.
2. You've spent so many years in field of literature. So, why is that, you didn't publish any of your creations before? You already have 2 albums of your solo lyrics released some years before so, why no literary materials?
To publish a literature is not an easy piece of cake. It should win the heart of scholars who have an in depth knowledge of literature, or one should be able to remain in the periphery of literature. You cannot just develop literature with bulk of words. On the other hand, songs do not need to stress so much on the literature part. You just need to express your feelings. The remaining task of beautifying the song remains in the hand of a composer or a musician. In case of songs, every category of people is your listeners, that is why, anyone can be a lyricist, you just ought to have your feelings expressed but it's not easy to write literature. Even now I don't feel that I have so much of literary persona inside me. That is why I couldn't attempt to publish literature earlier.
3. Tell us something about your recently published collection of poems, "Paradesh Bata".
Even if I am not in Nepal right now, I have sent my creations as representatives; and as a gift to Nepali literature. I have not been able to forget my country, my literature, writing habits and I am always interested in developing my creations; so, having so much time spent on this field, at last, I thought of gifting my literary journey as a gift to my country.
4. How is your life in America? Don't you miss Nepal's literary and musical environment?
Talking about my life here, life is busy, a mixture of work, responsibilities, struggle and time. I miss Nepal's literary and musical environment, but although i am here, I am giving time to my creations. Even in America such programs are organized by Nepalese and I participate like I used to, in Nepal. I also post my creations to Nepal.
5. You are in America right now, so do you think your creations have been able to get the appropriate place in Nepal? Or have you found any difference between your presence and absence?
I believe that my creations are getting the appropriate place in my absence because I am serving my country and literature, not anyone personally. I believe my creations won't be orphan in Nepal without me.
6."Paradesh Bata" is your first ever literary creation although you've spent more than 30 years in the field of literature and despite your poems; songs and other creations are regularly published in magazines and newspapers. How did you feel, not being able to be present in the official release program of your first creation?
It is the result of my 30 years old literary journey so, even if I wasn't in Nepal, the presence of my seniors and scholars made me feel that I was there. I'd like to express them my gratitude.
"Paradeshbata" official release program
7. Let's talk about your musical field now, when was your first song recorded? Who was the singer?
My first ever recorded song was "Dhadki Rahecha Mutu" 2051, and it was sung by Binay Lama.
8. Literature or music, which of these is more of your concern?
A lyric is born as a result of your interest in literature. That is why first literature and then music.
9. Approximately how many of your songs are recorded? Please name some of the singers who have given vocal to your lyrics.
Around 400 of my songs are recorded. I must say musicians and singers of different genres and musical pattern have been participating.
Acharya Prabha at a program in America
10. In order to become a good song; not only a good lyric it requires more than that; a good music, vocal, arrangement, compositions etc. How far do you think your songs are given justice?
No doubt, a good song needs a compilation of everything. Along with the development of music and people's tastes, I have experienced that the definition of a good song also changes, some years before in 2051, when my songs were recorded, comparatively, I feel that those songs did have better perspectives.
11. Today's music and musical environment have experienced a lot of changes. Please give your opinion.
These days not only in the music or musical environment, there is changes in everything and it is also important. Particularly in music, it is definitely correct and acceptable to have changes but the expression of the words must be correct. Incorrect words and illogical messages can do injustice to a song. That is why, it's my request to today's young generation, whatever genre of music you follow but the words should carry the right meaning; and then only a song becomes a song otherwise it is just a mixture of words and music.
12. At last do you want to tell anything else to our viewers?
Lots of love and warm remembrance to all the viewers from faraway country. God bless Nepal.
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