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This Nepal band uses music to heal earthquake scars, seek help

world Updated: May 02, 2015 19:55 IST
Krittivas Mukherjee
Krittivas Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Nepal earthquake

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As the scale of devastation from last week’s earthquake unfolds, people across Nepal are looking out for each other, with many turning to music to help overcome grief and seek help for survivors.

Just outside the main gate of the revered Pashupatinath Temple, a group of young musicians in jeans and T-shirt sing Nepali songs with lyrics that urged people to extend unconditional help and stay strong in their hour of crisis.

“Nepali people help your Nepali brothers,” sang one of them playing a blue guitar. The band called itself ‘Hands-on-Hands – In the Name of Pashupatinath’.

Behind them, posters walled on to the temple compound read: “Tents and Blankets Collection and Distributing Campaign” and “A Big Salute to Public Drivers and Rescue Persons.”

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake has claimed more than 6,000 lives and affected some eight million people.

Here’s a video of the band playing outside the Pashupatinath Temple:

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