Perched on the slopes of Sitapaila, Mukti Shakya’s home is something straight out of my imagination. Tucked away from the bustle of the city, the peaked roofs of a traditionally designed home, slant at an angle. A small iron grid door leads to a sloping pathway flanked with shrubs and small trees. Standing in the center of his yard is a large pine tree; smaller trees perimeter of the grassed space. The morning sun shone through the patio door that had grapevines growing around it that were yet to blossom. It’s not a mansion of grandiose proportions, but it is the type of abode I’d like to reside in when I retire. The subtle tranquility of Mukti’s home is the type of home I could definitely see myself in. For the time being, our team and I had to make do with coffee and breakfast there.
Mukti Shakya is a man that requires little introduction in Nepal. Touted the King of Blues, Mukti is the front man of Mukti and Revival, a band that laid the foundation of rock music in Nepal. They’ve been around for more than two decades now, and are showing no signs of slowing down. The band has been working on their new album and we were lucky enough to listen in on one of their songs that Mukti (Dai) performed for us. He hasn’t skipped a beat.