Annual letter 2020
It has come to the end of the year and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support of the Kulturbrücke "mountain to mountain" project and your trust in our work throughout all these years.
With this YouTube music video, we would like to share with you a little light-heartedness in this rather joyless time... A "collage" with children from the Music House and Swiss musicians who are connected to the Music House.
But first, a short summary and review; starting with the music film project "Imagine Rainbow in Kathmandu" (IRIK) and ending with the Music House project in Kirtipur, Nepal.
When I worked with my IRIK project partner and friend, Salil Subedi in 2005/2006 during the Maoist civil war in Nepal on the film project with over 100 children from poorest backgrounds (including street children) as well as various musicians and artists from Kathmandu, I met the internationally known Bansuri flutist, Raman Maharjan. Today, Raman leads the Music House in Kirtipur with his wife Shil Kumari (who teaches dance lessons for children and women) together with their son Swarnim, also a well-known Bansuri flutist.
In the years 2010 to 2013, there were several times I was with the Rudra Band (Raman, Shyam, Babu) from Kathmandu and various Swiss musicians on benefit fusion tours in Switzerland with the presentation of the film "IRIK". One morning, Raman came for breakfast at our place in Sandacker and with glowing eyes told us about his dream of a music house!
"If you can dream it, you can do it". Raman's father, a simple farmer, then gave us part of his rice field for the construction of the house in 2012. And so in 2013, many friends and acquaintances, both local and international, came to the colourful-musical opening ceremony of the Music House in Kirtipur - "A dream came true".
2015 - the big earthquake that shook Nepal. The parents of Raman lost their house. So the Music House also became a shelter for family and neighbours who had lost their homes due to the natural disaster. In March 2020, when I was in Kathmandu for the last time, Corona was at the forefront. Fortunately, the building of the small recording studio could be finished in time. As such, it is now possible to record music with the children in between the lockdowns. The YouTube video "Jati Maya" (“how much love”) was recorded here.
Once again, the Music House became a place of refuge... parents of children attending the lessons, as well as neighbours who if in the meantime did not have enough to eat or could not afford medical care, could come here. Among other things, they received basic food supplies such as rice, lentils, cooking oil, salt, sugar, etc. The local cohesion and mutual solidarity is touching.
The Music House, with the only recording studio in Kirtipur so far, became and still is, a growing, culturally enriching and social meeting place - music lessons for children, a laboratory for music and dance, concerts and cultural exchange.
Musicians from Switzerland and other countries support this valuable and heartfelt process partly also on site to help make the Music House more and more independent and ultimately self-sustainable in the future. However, at present, there is a shortage of many things; prices for building materials and food are in some cases doubling. Unfortunately, music and dance lessons can only take place to a limited extent at the moment.
And therefore also this letter...
Thank you for your support and for continuing to communicate this in your circle of friends!
A further thank you also to all the helping hands from near and far who have participated in the project.
"If a child develops a sense of well-being for himself and his family with his voice or music, he enriches society as a whole and helps to keep culture alive. “- TB
On behalf of the Music House family, I wish you and your family a peaceful holiday and best wishes!
Culture Bridge Switzerland-Nepal