Kathmandu Baja Puca performed with Naykhibaja (Naykhi Drum) which is rarely seen. The musical pieces are rarely performed because of the caste stigma, but here the sounds were clear and strong.
While the act put together by Rabin Lal Shrestha also entertained the audience with tabla talent, while the opening act was by the Nepali didgeridoo virtuoso Salil Subedi who also blew on the murchunga. Subedi also opened the Drum Jatra finale on Saturday, 29 June, invoking the ambience with the deep, booming sounds from down under. There also was a spontaneous performance by Sanskriti Shrestha on tabla and Andreas Wildhagen on snare drum.
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Drum Jatra conceptualiser Navin Chhetri led a team of drummers in a piece called Brushing Life, playing four snare drums with brush sticks which did not beat the drums, but playfully brushed against them instead producing sounds like sand becoming solid. Though composed for a string quartet, it worked quite well on a snare quartet as well. With a jazzy flavour and novel techniques, this was a unique composition.