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Presented at the World Congress of Music Therapy, online from South Africa, July 2020

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

View all of our work in the Gallery menu

International Health Research Convention July 2019 


Grapefruit Music – 3 years of Music Therapy in the Himalayas


Healing Music in the Himalayas – Nira Diaz      


Rupavahini Interview – Music Therapy in the Himalayas


Dhol Ghol – Fundraiser for Himalayan Music Therapy


Making Music in the Himalayas – Smriti Daniel


The Perfect Fifth Interval in Music Therapy 


Music Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury : Mastering Space


Music Therapy and Asperger’s Syndrome


The Arts in English Language Education


The Arts in English Language Education


Music Therapy and Cerebral Palsy



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


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.

Stephen Philip


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.”