Read. watch. listen with Salil Subedi

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31 Dec 2017
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Salil Subedi is a musician, performing artist and writer. He introduced the Australian aboriginal musical instrument didgeridoo in the mainstream Nepali fusion music genre, and in Nepali theatre and performance-art practices. He actively promotes the didgeridoo in Nepal and elsewhere. Salil professionally plays multiple string, blowing, percussion, and electronic music instruments

Quick facts about Subedi

  • Subedi is a former journalist who has worked for reputed publications like The Kathmandu Post and The
    Nepali Times
  • Subedi first came across the didgeridoo when he was reporting about an Australian band that had come to Nepal. One of the band members played the didgeridoo
  • Subedi bought his first didgeridoo from a musical instruments store in Freak Street for Rs 500


Tom Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume is an amazing book. It condenses an entire millenium into one spellbinding account. I feel that Robbins is a very good critic of society—his own and others’—and Jitterbug Perfume is a compelling piece of work that encompasses everything from spirituality, religion and morality, and draws from both Eastern and Western societies, as well as from ancient and contemporary times. It’s a difficult read, but it’s a worthwhile one; almost every line in the book is quote worthy. For me, the book is a journey into a whole different universe. I also read and recommend that people read Orhan Pamuk and Maxim Gorky.


Because of my involvement in nature conservation, nature-based documentaries are what move me the most. I adore documentaries such as Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth and Leonardo Dicaprio’s Before the Flood, as they are climate change documentaries that do not even remotely exoticise climate change and present it as a very real thing. I really feel that the youth, too, should watch these works. They need to feel more responsible for their future. If moral values such as respecting your elders is important to you, you absolutely cannot ignore climate change and your role in it. 


Tribal music with didgeridoo elements is what really speaks to me because I play the didgeridoo myself. Ganga Giri’s Tribe Vibe is one of my favourite albums, and music by Mark Atkins, a big name in the didgeridoo world, has also influenced me. In fact, I’ve had the opportunity to play alongside Mark Atkins. I also do Mongolian throat singing, and I enjoy listening to this Mongolian overtone singing ensemble called Altai Khairkhan. Another name I must mention is George Harrison. He’s had a huge hand in fusing Eastern classical and Western rock, and he was also the first person to invite Ravi Shanker to the West.