“When a friend from Darjeeling, India (back in the year 2001-2003) played Hotel California and quoted ‘Darjeeling’ in the chorus of the song- (he sang something like ‘Welcome to Darjeeling’ instead of ‘Welcome to Hotel California’)- an idea came along and I wanted to write about Nepal and Nepali people. It was always in my mind that I wanted to use instruments like Saarangi, Baasuri, and Maadal for the Nepali version as they echo Nepali music and culture.
I have always been inspired by the rock music of the 1970s, 1980s…and so on. And ‘Hotel California’ has always been a jam song. I wrote the first part of this song around 2003-2004, and, completed the second part around 2011.
My recent vacation to Nepal (Summer 2014)- I was lucky enough to meet right group of musicians and make this happen. We recorded the video within two days. We traveled from Kathmandu to Hetauda and then back to Kathmandu. We stopped at Chitwan, Narayanghat, Malekhu and captured some scenes.We’d planned for two days of shooting; the first day was great, but, unluckily the weather was not kind to us the second day. It rained all day and made it tough for us to capture the scenes with dark sky and low lights. Nonetheless, we managed to capture some frames. Kudos to the cameramen/editor for the job they have done with the video editing.
The rest of the scenes are from Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square.
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Credits: Original ‘Hotel California’ by The Eagles.
Music: Magnetic Orange Entertainment, Kathmandu, Nepal