Some beautiful and traditional songs of Newa culture

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Newa culture is a phenomenal subject that you won’t get tired of appreciating. With all of its beautiful facts and tacts, the tremendous dance forms and unique lifestyle, the classy creations of songs and music, newar society repeatedly surprises us.

Yes, you can find thoughtful and meaningful songs sung in Newari languages and of course, it sounds really beautiful. With the growing generations and technologies, Newari music somehow changes a little bit too, by adopting advanced cinematography.

But still, it can provide that same ethnic taste of newari music.

Regardless, the old are the precious as well as immortal treasures of Bhaktapur. The songs are so beautiful that today’s generations are also in love with them. But do you know that these songs are sung on different occasions and festivals?

Like during bisket jatra, the musicians sing the ghatu song (bisket song ) to welcome the festival musically. Similarly, the spring season owns the Basanta song. Newar people crown the season, as well as the festival with a specific song. It is a kind of tradition.

But Newari people in an exceptional way, play those songs along with bansuri ( flute), dhalak, and many more traditional musical instruments. Here, we have some of the popular songs of newari culture with their singing seasons. That you can easily find out on youtube.


Ghatu is a traditional melody song. This song hatches a kind of excitement during the spring season, most likely from pahan charhe until bisket jatra. For some reason, the song is also connected with the last Malla king of Bhaktapur Ranjit Malla. It is said that while he was moving toward Kasi, he couches his feeling in a paper which we call ghatu today.    

Ji waya la lachhi maduni

Ji waya la lachhi maduni is a Newari song reflecting the story of Muna Madan, sung especially in the rice planting season. This is a tragic song where the male character went to Lhasa for trading within a month of his marriage. This is how the song started.

Mohani song

Mohani song ( malashree dhun) is the song that is played during the Dashain festival. The pinch-hitting name of Dashain is mohani in the newari language. That’s why the song is popular as the mohani song.


Rajamati song is the most popular romantic Newari song of all time. You can also prefer to watch the movie rajamati. This song throws light on the beauty of the main female character, rajamati herself.

Silu song

Silu song is also from a movie named silu. This tragic song is best to hear while you are alone. But seasonally, this song breaks out at monsoon. This song is also as beautiful as the rajamati song.

Sitala maju

Sitala maju is a heart-rending ballad, sung during the winter season. The song elaborates on the death of a child with the cold and how it all happens.

Swey Dhaka swaigu makhu

Swey Dhaka swaigu makhu is a traditional as well as a Newari love song.

Holi song

Holi song is a zesty song from the same movie silu. This traditional song is so beautiful that you would love any version of the song. It would actually feel quite fragmentary if this song is not played in Holi. For some reason, the song is not allowed to play instrumentally after the holi until the next holi season.

Other songs

Wola Wola pulu Kishi-  a song played on the occasion of Indra jatra.

Yo sing tyo and yomari makhu–  a song performed during yomari punhi

Dhanga maruni bhamacha– a satiric old song describing the nature of daughter-in-law.

Dya yata Sinha swang – a loving love song.

Sirsa ya hayegu– a beautiful love song.

It seems almost every traditional newari song is a spell of love. The reason behind the existence of most of these songs is the continuous practice. The bhajans and other religious songs are sung while performing the different mask dances.

The above-mentioned songs are all-time popular and most adored songs of the newar society. There is a trend in the newari culture that passes the knowledge and education about these old traditions, music, musical instruments, dances, and many more to the fresh generations.


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