In September – December 2012 HeartBeat Community worked with Swechha, a NGO based in New Delhi, India. With Andreas Ceska, a mime and circus artist from Austria, and Dadi Pudumjee, a leading puppeteer in India, together we worked with over 60 children from Jagdamba Camp, a inner city slum, which the NGO work closely with. Together with mime, circus arts, puppetry and music we had the children perform in a joint arts performance called ‘Sapno Ki Pagdandi’ meaning the musical journey into dreams.
In 2014 HeartBeat Community partnered with WatersFromHeaven, a visual and performance arts NGO in Nepal. From January – March 2014 HeartBeat Community and WatersFromHeaven ran free music and art workshops with 6 schools, both public and private, in Letang, Nepal. Using a variety of games and activities we brought drum circle music to this remote community.
In January 2015 HeartBeat Community was able to secure crowd-funding to purchase 10 Nepalese made Djembe’s. With these instruments from January – March 2015 HeartBeat Community was able host weekly drum circles in Kathmandu free for the local community to introduce this form of activity to Nepal.
During the same period HeartBeat Community hosted a drum circle music workshop at Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (KJC) to introduce the teachers to music facilitation and activities and games for children. HeartBeat Community also provided lessons to the students and training to the teachers at a Arts Charity ‘Srijanalaya’, based in the centre of Kathmandu. The instruments were donated too both the art centre and KJC so drum circles and music sessions could continue.