Wednesday 30th November 2022

Nimsdai’s “14 Peaks” receives a music Emmy nomination


Published on : 15 July, 2022 2:43 pm

Kathmandu: The documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible, which follows Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja’s quest as he seeks to summit each of the 14 8,000-meter peaks in the world in seven months, has been nominated for an Emmy.

In this year’s nominations, which were made public on July 12, it has been nominated for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score).”

The music for the documentary was composed by Nainita Desai, an award winning composer.

More than 100 hours of film recorded by Nimsdai and his team are featured in the Netflix documentary that shows how Purja, better known by his stage name Nimsdai, travels Mt. Everest, K2, and other renowned peaks while making life-or-death decisions and enduring terrible weather.

“’14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible’ explores Nepal’s deep connection to high-altitude mountaineering through the eyes of Nirmal “Nimsdai” Purja, a fearless, fun-loving Nepali climber on a quest he dubs “Project Possible”-to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains in just seven months, breaking the previous record of seven years. With a team of skilled Sherpas, he traverses Mount Everest, K2, and other iconic peaks through extreme weather, life-or-death decisions, and the emotional weight of his mother’s illness back home. ’14 Peaks’ is a thrilling, action-packed story about courage, perseverance, and pushing the limits of human endurance.”

According to Desai, there is a lot of tension in the story that is conveyed with propulsion and energy. As a result, she experimented with using the orchestra’s powerful rhythms and insistent percussion to further the story’s and Nim’s journey’s relentless forward motion while also generating drama and tension.

It was crucial to emphasize the image of the Sherpas by incorporating elements of Nepalese plucked strings to transport you to the setting and shed light on their heritage because the Sherpas’ contributions to mountaineering have never been fully recognized. In order to convey the stark danger of the climate and scenery, she remarked, “I used the orchestra in a contemporary modern fashion, but the way the strings are played have a raspy, untamed rawness to them.”

The Tinder Swindler, Return to Space, Lucy and Desi, and They Call Me Magic are among the other documentaries up for awards in the same category.

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