A sad school singer says goodbye to his fans
A sad singing school student from a poor family in Nepal says goodbye as his fans sing “Thank you for the love” as he prepares to release his latest album.
In a video posted on social media, Keshav Sivanath is seen telling his students that they can “see me now”, and thanking them for all their support.
His fans sing his praises and he tells them, “You are a part of the future”.
Mr Sivanarth is one of hundreds of thousands of Nepalis who have made the trek to the world’s most remote country to perform for millions of people who have paid thousands of dollars to attend the singing school.
The school, called Daina Singing School, offers free singing lessons, but it has also faced criticism for forcing its students to sing for a living, often against their will.
In the video, Mr Sitanath says that his parents had to make the difficult decision to leave their home to take up the job at the school, which was established in 1999.
He says that he has always dreamed of a life of singing and dancing and that his family had “always supported me”.
“My parents always supported me, they had a lot of love and they supported me even when I was going through difficult times,” Mr Sivyanath said.
“Now they support me with their money.”
The school’s founder, Mominul Rastogi, told BBC News that while it has not had the financial success many other singing schools have, its members have done their part to help the students reach the top of their professions.
“We do everything for them.
We take them to music lessons, we help them to learn the singing language, we give them advice and we have always been supportive of them,” he said.
The teacher, who is also the head of the singing lessons department, has since told the BBC that the school has already recorded three albums of new songs and that he hopes to produce more soon.
“The students are doing well, and we are making music with the songs they sing,” he told the news channel.
“I want to sing my heart out, and I want to keep making music.”
The BBC is not using the word sad to describe the students who have taken up the singing profession.
“Sad school is a school of life.
It’s a place where we learn and it’s a way to express ourselves, a place to grow,” Mr Rastogi said.