The Kathmandu Music program brings music and arts education to young children and teenagers who live in the capital city of Nepal. Our work in Kathmandu started over 10 years ago, at the Mitrata home, an orphanage where we provided music lessons to hundreds of kids during more than a decade.
Our amazing team of music and arts teacher is now operating in public schools in Kathmandu, teaching traditional folk instruments such as Sarangi, Bansuri Flute or Madal drum, western instruments such as guitar, as well as dance and visual art lessons. The program specially focuses on the Newari musical heritage, as the Newar people are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley and have played an important role in shaping the Nepali cultural heritage along centuries.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
Kathmandu, capital of Nepal is a city of about 1 million inhabitants located at an altitude of 1,400meters (4,600 feet), on the Himalayan foothills. It is a multi-ethnic place with Hindu and Buddhist majority. Kathmandu has been inhabited since the second century AD and has been the economic and cultural center of Nepal for centuries. In April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the city, killing almost 10,000 people and damaging some of the most valuable cultural heritage as well as dozens of thousands of houses and buildings.