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Thado Bhaka, Hudda, Andhikhole Bhaka

Before singing or at the beginning of singing, Salaiju will begin as a salute to the patron deity of Music.

Reasons for selection

Salaiju is foremost variety of Nepal folk songs. Any gatherings of folk singers opens its singing with Salaiju.

Area where performed

Hill regions of western Nepal, especially Hills of Lumbini, Dhaulagiri and Gandaki zones.

Essential elements of the performing art


Detailed explanation

The word Salaiju comes down from bonpo meaning salutation. It is one of the earliest varieties of Nepal folk songs. Whole Deuda style claims its origin is from the hymns of Vedas, Salaiju is clearly a variety of bonpo origin. In other words Salaiju first was sung in Tibet. But it still is the most popular form of Nepali folk songs.

In gatherings of youth, Salaiju will be the first notes to be sung.

Every district and group of villages has its typical style of singing and that style changes other within six months. Hence Salaiju has several styles of singing simultaneously popular at different districts and villages.

Salaiju cannot be easily copied by outsiders as it is very difficult to imitate and requires special talents.

Publication and textual documentation

not yet available

Audio documentation

The recording of this type have just recently begun and there are not many.

Visual documentation

not yet available

Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

does not exist

Data provider

Mr. Shrikrishna Gautam
Special Secretary
HMS/Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
Address: Tripuresevar Kathmandu, Nepal