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Saving Nepal's musical instruments from fading into the past

Ram Prasad Kadel wins Nikkei Asia Prize for funding folk music museum

Ram Prasad Kadel of Nepal collected traditional music instruments and established a private museum in the capital city of Kathmandu, giving these historical objects a new lease of life.

TOKYO -- Nepal is known for folk music enjoyed by generations of locals living across the South Asian country -- from the Himalayan foothills in the north to the subtropical lowlands in the south.

Once-endangered traditional musical instruments are now on display for people from around the world to see, thanks to the self-funded efforts of Ram Prasad Kadel to save and pass down these treasures to future generations.

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