Nepal’s Himalayan mountainscapes have historically attracted those intrepid travelers who wish to scale the world’s greatest heights. Today, more travelers come to visit ancient religious sites, go on elephant or rhino safaris, stay in mountain resorts or participate in internationally acclaimed music festivals like Jazzmandu. The views (as well as being a short trip to India or Bangladesh) may be enough to draw one to the Roof of the World, but with a number of young Nepalese musicians eager to work with and see international musical groups, a concert tour can be a memorable experience in more ways than one.
Classical Movements has been arranging tours to South Asia for many years. President Neeta Helms was born and raised in India. Along with her family, she sang and toured in many choirs while being involved in major western classical music institutions such as Delhi Music Society, the Delhi School of Music, the Delhi Symphony Orchestra and the Paranjoti Chorus. Even before she established Classical Movements she arranged tours to the sub-continent in the 1980s for pianists and quartets. Thanks to her knowledge and experience and generosity, the India Choral Fellowship is now underway and drawing attention to Western classical music’s growing presence in South Asia.