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The book "Geet Sidhdhanta Ra Itihas (Theory and History of   Lyrics)" does not only contain accounts of our forgotten lyricists, but it also presents entire history of songs for academic research. It contains convenient explanation about how song originated in Sanskrit literature, what its form was, and how it developed as well as what used to be called song in western world, how it expanded, and what kind of creation is called song now. Songs have become an integral part of our civilized life. Because songs are vital part of cultural programs, social meetings and educational & informative programs, this book can be called the 'Geeta' of song writers because of its easy and fine discussion of song features.

Dr. Taranath Sharma
An article in
'Nepal', a bimonthly news magazine
Nov. 17 - Dec. 1, 2003: Year 4, Vol. 7

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…In context of circumference of contents of his songs, feelings of nationality and patriotism are abundant. Some of his songs are socio-realistic type, while observation of love, tragedy and romantic thoughts are the core subject of most of his songs. The song meters are dominated by folk-type tunes and Persian-Hindi Ghazal. His songs and its stanzas aren't lengthy, but very effective emotionally and logically…
To Krishnahari Baral, the leading lyricist of past and present decade, I wish all the best in his musical and heart touching lyrical journey.

Dr. Basudev Tripathi
Foreword of '
Ek Phool, Anek Patra (Single Flower, Myriad Mails)'

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…This book of Krishnahari Baral is an incredible event in the history of Nepali Music, a extraordinary event. Based on Baral's talent, ability to work hard, dedication and devotion, I believe this book will not only be popular, but will be accepted as a standard literary criticism. I don't remember any such book about history and criticism written before. On that basis, it will not be an overstatement to call it a historically important creation.
I believe, this book, if translated into English would be helpful to those interested in history of Nepali songs and other curious readers.

Dr. Durga Prasad Bhandari
Foreword of '
Geet Sidhdhanta Ra Itihas (Theory and History of Lyrics)'

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…Baral's Criticism is basically objective although there are traces of impressionism now and then. For stabilizing current Nepali literary criticism world, objective critics are urgently required.  That ability is seen in Baral. I believe the poor condition of Nepali criticism will significantly improve. Baral's this book and others that follow will make sure that Nepali literary criticism will not be a mess. With that conviction, I sincerely welcome young critic Krishnahari Baral is the field of Nepali criticism…

Prof. Mohanraj Sharma
Foreword of '
Sandristi (Critique Collection)'

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…Critic Krishnahari Baral is a popular lyricist and poet himself. So, in this book, in light of his poetical awareness and lyrical knowledge, Mr. Baral has analyzed Bhupi's poem, songs and ghazals in an organized and a balanced way. His academic responsibility seems to have helped in it. Owing to that, Mr. Baral has analyzed the poetic dimension and limitation of Bhupi in background of objective and realistic values. In the poetic examination found in this book, Baral's poetic & justified vision and presentation is available.

Prof. Dr. Himanshu Thapa
Foreword of '
Kabi Bhupi: Bishleshan ra Mulyankan (Poet Bhupi: Analysis and Evaluation)'

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...People equally capable of creation and criticism are rare and Mr. Baral is one of them. When he commences creation, he touches that emotional portion where the feelings weigh up heavy. Softness and Sensibility are important achievements there. These creations become poems, songs, ghazals, and independent writings. When we talk of criticism, his objective vision is extremely balanced, minutely investigated, and logical. It must be due to creative touch that his language is melodious instead of monotonous. Or, it can be said that even amongst objective and unbiased presentation, the language succeeds in impressing us. I believe this kind of serious writing and analysis will help the researchers of Nepali literature and greatly support them. With publication of this book, Mr. Baral has paved a path to new region. This is pleasant news for all of us.

Prof. Dr. Govindaraj Bhattarai
Foreword of '
Bastuparak Samalochana (Objective Critique)'

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…This song collection is a proof of the fact that a song should resonate with heart touching emotions and melodious tunes. These songs, which possess emotional abundance and musical beauty don't only belong to Nepali music world, but are achievement of poetic world too. In these songs, the talent and emotional expression of lyricist Baral progress in parallel.

Prof. Gopi Krishna Sharma
Foreword of '
Geetkar Krishnahari Baral: Srijana ra Samalochana (Lyricist Krishnahari Baral: Creation and Critique)'

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...Baral wrote a poem and won the first prize when he was in fifth grade for ‘originality’. Perhaps, this left an impression in him to respect originality and become sensitive towards it. Today, Baral is known for introducing new styles one after another in writing songs. In the scores of songs he has written, Baral has used variety of symbols that easily touch the heart of the listeners and leave a lasting impression.

A broad spectrum of content can be observed in Baral’s songs. Ranging from distress and happiness in love to emotional expressions of the highs and lows of life to awareness creating songs in social contexts to ultra modern concepts of existentialism, Baral always puts his creative mind to explore wider contexts. In that Baral’s songs are not limited within a narrow and limited subject matter.

Whether it may be the use of paradox in content or the catchy quotations in expression styles, there is always some kind of newness in his creations. Baral particularly deserves the credit for pioneering in popularizing Ghazals in Nepali music. He has brought out ‘Ghazal’ albums at a time when there is no trend of singing ghazals in Nepal. ‘Yi Hallaharu Hun’ sung by Ananda Karki, ‘Ma Sunnai Nasakine Awaj Bhayan’ etc are some his popular ghazals.

In recognition to his contribution to Nepali music, Baral has been honored and felicitated by many organizations. He has bagged several awards including the Best Lyricist in the ‘First Video Film Festival 2047’ and ‘Chhinnalata Geet Puraskar’.

THAKUR AMGAI

"SPOTLIGHT" : May 12, 2006

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