Bachunjel Haskhel: How this 8-minute video gives you a theatrical experience
Bachunjel Haskhel as a musical piece is more than a song and even more than a play.
As the play set in the Limbu community of eastern Nepal begins, the protagonist played by Rupesh Lama is seen attending a fair. He’s not just there to walk around but to impress any girl who’s interested in him so he can get married.
Watching what happens next is fun, and we don’t want to spoil your experience with extra details.
Bachunjel Haskhel is an eight-minute video from the makers of Chorko Swor, a play staged at the Mandal Theater from June 3 to July 10. Anil Subba made it.
Chorko Swor, the play written by Nabin Chauhan, depicts the culture of elopement unique to the Limbu community. It realistically presents different aspects of elopement that exist in the Limbu community. Bachunjel Haskhel takes the play a step further by developing the character of Laptaney played by Rupesh Lama.
The music video also repeats other characters from the play. If you’ve ever watched the play, chances are it’ll give you deja vu.
Ashish Chettri and Tanmaya Chaudhary worked on the cinematography for the video, which is well handled and clearly presented the idea for the musical piece. He wonderfully presented the events that usually take place at local fairs.
Events like playing games, eating local food, dating, gambling and brawling are general affairs that take place at fairs, especially fairs around the village. And, Bachunjel Haskhel presents them all realistically.
Again, if you have ever attended local fairs in a village, you can surely relate to this video.
Artmandu is the creator of Bachunjel Haskhel and worked well with the lights. Although the entire video was filmed at night, the lighting effects graphically made everything presentable.
The arrangement of the song is different and unique from other Nepali songs released recently. It has some nice variations. It contains elements of folk songs popular in the eastern part of Nepal.
First, it starts with a slow beat; some of you may even be bored. But, after a while, the beat turns into something that would have you dancing to the tunes. The use of traditional Nepali musical instruments such as sarangi, flute and madal played by Kutumba made the song more authentic. Kutumba, a folk instrumental group from Nepal, never fails to amaze the audience, and they have continued the legacy in this song as well.
Bachunjel Haskhel would have seemed out of place if it weren’t for Kutumba’s folk music. Likewise, the voices of Sajja Chaulagain and Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal also matched the composition perfectly. Thanks to music producer Rikesh Gurung ‘Keys’ for bringing them all together and making the song appealing to listeners…
Lately, Artmandu has produced a number of videos and gained immense popularity. The music video production company is well known for its work on feature-length quality music videos with a good script. For example, music videos for songs like K Maya Lagcha Ra, Teenpatey-Dekhera Timilai, Baaf and Binayo Bhakaile are some examples.
Artmandu has gained popularity every time it releases a new music video. However, this time he failed to win it. Even after a week of the song’s release, it only garnered around 18,000 views on YouTube.
But, Bachunjel Haskhel is authentic, refreshing, good and entertaining. This song can add extra fun at family gatherings, parties and other functions.