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May 12, 2011

Nepali choir tells of UK ordeal

The Himalayan:

KATHMANDU: Members of a Nepali choir, which was accused of absconding from Heathrow Airport, England, on April 27, today recounted their bitter experience. The 10-member choir returned home on May 5 after successfully participating in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival.

According to Bimal Sherchan, one of the members, they had to wait at the Indian Airlines office at Heathrow Airport for their lost instruments without any success and then waited for hours at Terminal 3 for the festival organisers to turn up.

“We contacted a Nepali known to us at Central London and he provided us lodging,” said team leader Laxman Shesh.

“As the organisers were at the programme venue, our calls to the office were not answered on April 27, then we contacted Nepalaya Lok Kalamancha in Nepal the next day and collected the mobile number of festival director Peter Davies. We called him on April 29 and we were picked up by his men six hours later and reached Cornwall at midnight,” said Sherchan. Laxman Shesh confirmed that everybody had returned on May 5.

“Embarrassed by the rumour of absconding, we shortened our stay there by five days. We also cancelled our folk song programmes for Nepalis there,” added RG Kharel, another member.

The letter awarded by festival chairman DE Peters to the team reads, “The Nepali team representing the Indian sub-continent has successfully performed folk songs. Our only regret is that although they arrived in the UK on April 27, they failed to contact us.” The team claimed that organisers searched for them at Terminal 1 despite the documents showing that Terminal 3 as their point of arrival.

As a veteran promoter I long since learnt the value of scrutinizing every detail and hammering them into participants. All this kerfuffle because of a 3 instead of a 1.

Posted by acapnews at May 12, 2011 12:00 AM


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