The drumbeat of Kathmandu

Cadenza Collective

Mark your calendars. Drum Jatra 2022: Nepal’s Percussion Festival returns on 11 April with yet another bang. After a Covid hiatus of more than two years, the festival is back for a week-long in-person live concerts with a sonorous confluence of traditional and modern musical instruments, to the heartbeat of percussion. 

The slogan for this year is ‘Rhythms of Unity in Diversity,’ and the festival will feature a colourful spectrum of percussion instruments performed by top drummers from Nepal and international artists.

Dhimey Girls

“Drums are an integral part of any composition, whether it is jazz or Brazilian or classical,” says artistic director Navin Chhetri, organiser of the popular annual Jazzmandu festival in earlier years.

“The special part about this edition is that we are able to organise it this year, especially after Covid, and to finally bring the diverse music to our community.”

Folkmandu Society

Indeed, drums will be on the forefront of the weeklong concerts, incorporating both solo and featured elements of percussion music. 

Sultry pre-monsoon Kathmandu will reverberate from 11 to 17 April to the feet-stomping beats of tabla, dhimey, drums, singing bowl, didgeridoo, damphu, tungna, and sitar across six venues in Kathmandu Valley, seamlessly blending the unique musical tradition and culture from around the world.

Nimesh Kapali
Himalayan Duo
Mangal Man Maharjan

Sounds from the Himalaya include Tamba Group, Kiran Shahi, Folkmandu Society, Dhimey Girls, Navin Chhetri, Cadenza Collective, Ashesh Rai, Bijay Shrestha, Mangal Man Maharjan, Salil Subedi, Kashish Shrestha and Nimesh Kapali. 

Also playing are Eduardo Mendonça from Brazil and Guillermo Martín-Viana from Spain, adding a versatile sonic texture to the genre-bending polyphony of jazz, afro-funk, Nepali folk, Indigenous and classical music. 

Eduardo Mendonça
Guillermo Martín-Viana
Salil Subedi
Navin Chhetri
Kiran Shahi

Keeping with the tradition of the festival, the first three days will offer free workshops by experts for aspiring musicians on the numerous percussion instruments and styles at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Jhamsikhel on 11 – 12 April and Music Room in Naxal on 13 April. The finale will take place at the Yala Maya Kendra at Dhokaima Café in Patan.


Cadenza Collective & Double Drumming

Afro- Nepali Funk

12 April, Tuesday 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Jazz Upstairs, Lazimpat
Rs 700

The opening night concert of Drum Jatra 2022 will feature Cadenza Collective & Double Drumming, creating infectious grooves with a spectacle of diverse percussion instruments at the one and only, Jazz Upstairs!


Eduardo Mendonça Quartet & Samba Drumming Ensemble

13 April, Wednesday 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Evoke, Jhamsikhel
Rs 1250

Featuring Eduardo Mendonça from Bahia, Brazil, the evening will resound with the rhythms and melodies of Brazilian music along with the Samba Drumming Ensemble.


Cadenza Collective/ Afro-Nepali Funk

+Multi-Drummers & Visiting Artists 

14 April, Thursday 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Moksh, Jhamsikhel
Rs 700

Cadenza Collective will bring their unique sound of Afro-Nepali Funk, and a special Drum Jatra jam session with multi-drummers and visiting guest artists to Moksh.


Musical Fusion & Subtle Sounds of Percussion

Featuring: Mangal Man Maharjan, Himalayan Duo, Eduardo Mendonça, 

Snare Drum Quartet, Tabla Quartet

15 April, Friday 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Kantipur Temple House, Jyatha, Thamel 

Rs 1100 

The beautiful and intimate setting of the Kantipur Temple House will come alive with the delicate and charismatic colours of diverse percussion instruments and the musical fusion of Brazilian melodies with Nepali folk rhythms, jazz fusion with sitar & drums, and the enchanting sound of gongs & singing bowls.

Tamba Group
Kashish Shrestha



Brazilian Music & Afro-Nepali Funk 

16 April, Saturday  7:30pm to 9:30pm

Supper Club, Thamel

Rs 950

A night of grooves and moves for your ear and booty with West African influenced rhythms from the shores of Rio to the bustle of Kathmandu.


Featuring: Tamba Group(Women’s Tamang Selo Ensemble), Dhime Girls, Folkmandu Society, Eduardo Mendonça Quartet, Cadenza Collective & Double Drumming, Salil Subedi, Snare Drum Quartet, Tabla Quartet, Samba Drumming Ensemble.

17 April, Sunday 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Dhokaima Cafe, Yala Maya Kendra, Patan

Rs 1000 

The Drum Jatra Finale will showcase some of the top highlights of the festival performers with high energy drumming traditions spanning from traditional Nepali drums to Brazilian rhythms and Afro-Nepali Funk at Yala Maya Kendra's ambience-filled courtyard.

Bijay Shrestha


Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Jhamsikhel

11 April, Monday

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Healing with Singing Bowls – Mangal Man Shrestha

11:15 am – 12:15 am | Introduction to Madal Rhythms and Techniques – Naresh Prajapati

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Brazilian Rhythms on the Drum Set – Navin Chhetri

12 April, Tuesday

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Tabla Accompaniment and Understanding Tihais – Bijay Shrestha

11:15 am – 12:15 am | Brazilian Rhythms Section – Eduardo Mendonça

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Essence of Drum Solos – Navin Chhetri

Music Room, Naxal

13 April, Wednesday

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Fundamentals of Brazilian Percussion – Eduardo Mendonça

11:15 am – 12:15 am | Time, feel/ dynamics and progressive styles on the modern drum kit – Kiran Shahi