Activities in Bharatpur / バラトプルでの活動

 

-From Jeremías

Barahptur was just awesome. In the morning we went to a boat ride through a river on the Chitwan National Park where we saw a few crocodiles, lots of elephants and lots of different kinds of birds. I have never done anything like it before and I loved the quietness of the ride; all we could hear was the sound of the water and the birds (and a few times some of the elephants).
After that, we went to perform at an SOS Children’s Village. The children were really responsive and seemed to enjoy it a lot. When we got closer to them to show them our instruments, they were not shy at all when it came to asking us things as well as trying our instruments. These kids had a lot of energy and seemed really happy. At the end of the performance, the director offered us lunch which was one of the most delicious meals I had while in Nepal.
The next school we went to was a science school. There were very few kids in this one because it was Saturday and they were not at school. After the performance, when we asked if anyone had questions, the teachers seemed to have lots of them.
At the last school we had a really great time. This school seems to work differently than others schools in terms of their curriculum, giving a lot of emphasis on the arts and creativity in general. Not surprisingly, the children were really engaged into the performance, holding their full attention throughout and, above all, enjoying it a lot. Since we arrived early to this school, we had a chance to chat with them for a while. I think that by talking and creating some sort of personal connection with them, the performance was even more effective and they enjoyed it more.
The next thing we did was to get on the van for a few hours and get to Lumbini. The hotel is very nice and wifi works great, so I get to skype with my family in Argentina for Christmas! I’m really happy to be here and I’m looking forward to our performances tomorrow.

バラトプルはただ素晴らしいの一言でした。午前中、ワニやたくさんの象やいろいろな種類の鳥が生息するチトワン国立公園の川で、ボートに乗りました。僕は初めての経験で、聴こえてくるのは水音や鳥の鳴き声(時折、象も)だけの静かなこの一時がとても気に入りました。

その後、SOS子ども村に行き演奏をしました。子どもたちは本当に反応が良く、とても喜んでいる様子でした。彼らの近くで楽器を見せた時、彼らは恥ずかしがる様子もなく、楽器を弾いてみたがり、またいろいろな事を聞きに来ました。子どもたちはとても元気で本当に幸せそうでした。演奏の最後にディレクターから昼食をご馳走になりました。これまでのネパール滞在中で一番おいしい食事でした。次に行ったところはサイエンススクールでした。土曜日だったのであまり子どもはいませんでした。演奏後、先生方からたくさんの質問がありました。

最後に訪れた学校ではとても素晴らしい時間を過ごしました。この学校は芸術創作科目にとても力を入れたカリキュラムで、他の学校と異なっていました。子どもたちがずっと演奏に集中し、さらに楽しんでいたのが頷けます。学校に早く到着したので、少しの間子どもたちと話す機会がありました。この会話によって個人的な交流が出来たことで演奏はより印象的なものとなり、一層楽しんでくれたことと思います。

次にルンビニに行くために数時間バンに乗りました。ホテルはとても居心地が良くWifiの調子も良くて、クリスマスなのでアルゼンチンにいる家族とスカイプをしました。ここにいることが本当に嬉しく、明日の演奏も楽しみにしています。

ヘレミアス・セルジャーニ-ヴェラスケス


-From Chad

It’s Christmas Eve, and we have just spent a glorious 15 hours doing ICEP activities in Bharatpur. At first light we ventured out on a short canoe trip to see some of the world’s most impressive biodiversity inside Chitwan National Park. Here, at the lowest elevation in Nepal, where the mountains suddenly stop and the Indian plain begins, exists one of Nepal’s proudest jungles. Over 600 species of birds can be found hear, alongside over a hundred kinds of mammals, including rhinos, tigers, and leopards. Today we only saw a handful, but to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of Nepal was important for us, since Nepali people take such great pride in their country’s nature.

Our music programs today included three stops – one at SOS Children’s Village – Bharatpur; one at the Gurukul School, which focuses on science and math; and one at Dawn Academy, a school that provides a creativity-based education for kids up to 10th grade. We were thankful that kids chose to come to our programs at the two schools, since it is a Saturday and they are usually on their weekend break.

We really enjoyed the handful of students at Dawn Academy who came early and spent time getting to know us before we actually performed. I always find myself so re-energized whenever we do programs with kids like these – the kids are just so full of motivation and wonder about the world around them. They seemed to really grasp the depth of the music that Midori and the ICEP quartet played today.

After a beautiful sunset drive westward along the Indian border, we are now in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, and will do some programs here in the morning!

Good night from Lumbini.

クリスマスイブの今日、ICEPのバラトプルでの活動で素敵な15時間を過ごしました。明け方、世界で最も素晴らしい生物学的多様性が見られるチトワン国立公園のショートカヌーツアーに出かけました。ここはネパールでも最も高度が低いところで、突然山脈が途切れ、インディアン平原が広がっており、ネパールの偉大なジャングルの一つがあります。600種以上の鳥の鳴き声を聞くことができ、100種類以上のサイ、トラ、ヒョウなどを含む哺乳類が見られます。今日私たちが見たのは一握りですが、ネパールの人々が自国の自然を大変誇りに思っているので、このネパールの美しさを味わえたことは重要な事でした。

今日は3箇所で演奏を行いました。バラトプルのSOS子ども村、科学と数学に重点を置いているグルクルスクール、子どもの創造性に基づいた教育を10年生まで行っているダウンアカデミーの3箇所です。2つの学校は土曜日で週末のお休みでしたが、子どもたちが演奏を聴きに来てくれたことが嬉しかったです。

ダウンアカデミーの何人かの生徒が私たちに会うために早く来て、演奏前に一緒に過ごしてくれました。希望に溢れ周りの世界に興味津々の彼らの様な子どもたちと活動を行うと、自然といつも再びやる気に満ちてくるのを感じます。今日、みどりやICEPカルテットが演奏した音楽の奥深さを、彼らはしっかりと感じ取ったようです。

インドの国境沿いを西へと向かう美しい夕焼けとともに車で移動し、ブッタの生地であるルンビニに着きました。明朝はここでプログラムを行います。

ルンビニから、おやすみなさい。

チャド・キャノン

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