Welcome to Matli!

Coming soon, a video introducing you to life in Matli, and this partof the world….

Browse through some of the highlights of the work we do in the Himalayas.

View all of our work in the Gallery menu

Rupavahini Interview – Music Therapy in the Himalayas

 

Dhol Ghol – Fundraiser for Himalayan Music Therapy

 

Making Music in the Himalayas – Smriti Daniel

 

The Arts in English Language Education

 

The Arts in English Language Education

 

Music Therapy and Cerebral Palsy

 

Grapefruiters….

We’re so glad you’ve shown some interest getting to know us.

The brains, brawn, and beauty section of our work awaits you, and you get to choose who goes where!

Ankur Sahu

Co-founder 

The brains and the powerhouse behind all that happens at Grapefruit, Ankur enjoys quietly getting everything done, without anyone realizing it, which might at times include him taking indecent pictures of you, and distracting you with a charmingly polite smile while doing so.  Spends his spare time being brilliiant with anything mechanical, Ankur also has an incredibly creative and caring side to him. A beautiful soul. 

He lives in Bangalore at the moment, where he studies nursing and medicine.

Alish Mon

Photography

The beautiful pictures you enjoy, are courtesy the genius and magical eye of Alish. 

When not clicking pictures, Alish can be found churning out homemade cappuchinos, experimenting with fabulous food in the kitchen, pumping iron in the gym, and doing trips to Leh-Ladakh with his biker gang. 

At the moment Alish lives in Lucknow, and works with Janpragati’s Sanctity of ife department, creating awareness about abortion, prorgraphy, and sexual abuse amongst school and college students.

Abhishek Tamang

Volunteer

Even though Abhishek was with us only for a short time, much of the foundational work which took place within Grapefruit’s first year, was with Abhishek by our side. 

Abhishek loves leather jackets and driving fast, heavy bikes. At the moment, he lives and works in Dehradun.

Vinay Kumar

Driving

Apart from his crazy driving skills, which include effortlessly manuvering massive trucks with singing children up steep and narrow mountain roads, this is one of the coolest members of our team. 

When not accompanying us on our crazy adventures through the mountains, Vinay can be found travelling the length and breath of Uttarakhand in his massive (think GINORMOUS) truck, or hanging out with his family, who have a background in charming snakes!

Nzan Kikon

Counselling Psychologist

The newest member of our Grapefruit tribe, Nzan is a person who wears many, very colourful hats.  At the crux of the matter he is a dreamer, philomath, philalethes, and bibliophile…. a true romantic, but double blessed with being able to combine these with a  highly intuitive and compassionate personality. The rare combination of both dreaming and doing, enables him to cast his interests in multiple directions, which at the moment means him writing his second book.

Nzan lives in Kohima, which is in the North-East of India, with his family and adorable niece, fondly nicknamed, Peanut. 

Stephen Philip

Founder

Spends his spare time in conflict, wanting to be a monk by day, and a crazy head-banging dancer by night!

Friends of Grapefruit Music

Meet some of the people, whose love, support, and prayers, make it possible for Grapefruit Music to enrich the lives of people in the Himalayas.

Mahangu & Anya

Mahangu is a childhood friend who loves computers and chocolate. An educator in every sense of the word, he now uses his wizard like mastery of the internet as a Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com, where he is a part of the online revolution, in making the internet a safe and accessible place.

He lives in Sri Lanka with his wife Anya, and the rest of their boistrous clan, Sirius and Vega. Anya pioneers research on wild cats, and creates mesmerizing wildlife illustrations, which can be viewed on her webpage. Her true genius however, lies within, in her ability to keep her amazing brownie making secrets to herself!


Grary & Thilini Fernando

“Issa” is the Sri Lankan word for prawns, and Grary has a special place in his heart for them. (Sorry, for indulging in a private joke, in a public space!!)

After growing up in Sri Lanka, Grary now lives in Canada with his wife Thilini, and their son Caden, whose killer smile comes out pretty good when I recently discovered how much he enjoys me using my sole dreadlock as a talking puppet on video calls.

Grary is a loving husband and father, his work being an overflow of his love for the idea of family. When not driving Thilini nuts, he can be found experimenting like a boss in the kitchen. He requires a bit of a kick up his you know where, for taking his photography skills lightly, and we eagerly await the day he picks up his camera regularly.


Lanil & Nimasha Pieris

The artwork for Grapefruit Music, is Lanil’s, a childhood friend of mine. Lanil loves the company of friends and a good long chat. Aside from being a pretty awesome dancer and DJ, he now heads his own design company.

He lives in Sri Lanka with is wife Nimasha, who conjours stuff out of her oven like you wouldn’t believe it, and their two sweet children Liaa and Desh, whom they loves to bits!


Andrew & Susan Beling

The ‘push out of the boat’ to begin this venture, was provided by my cousin Susan, over Christmas of 2015. Using her usual no-nonsense approach to combat my reticence and noticeable lack of experience, she rallied her forces togther and helped raise funds for the initial phase of what has now blossomed in to Grapefruit Music.

Andrew and Susan live in Melbourne with their lovely daughter Destiny. Andrew is as creative as it gets, while Susan, when not confusing us Sri Lankans with her Aussie accent, can be found celebrating women achieving their dreams and ‘wooting’ for her favorite football club, the “Hawks.”


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