World champion pianist to perform at Thorang-La Pass above 5100 m in Annapurna circuit

KATHMANDU: South Korean artist Karam Kim is all set to perform a piano concert at Thorang-La Pass at an altitude of 5,416m along the Annapurna circuit, the world's s popular hiking destination, in the last week of October.

According to Kim, she decided to play piano with the slogan of ‘Hope for Nepal, Act for Nepal’ in the Annapurna region on October 25 to encourage world travellers to visit, enjoy and support Nepal in the aftermath of devastating April earthquake.

“I want to explore a message to the world that Nepal is safe for tourists,” Kim told THT Online.

She said she would play the tune of popular Nepali number "Resham Phiriri..” and other songs in the world.

Kim, who left for Manang along with her six supporting artists on Friday, shared that she would also try to register the event in the list of the World Guinness Records as the piano concert would be the first ever such event at that altitude, which poses a threat of frostbite to the performing artists.

“My play could be used for the meaningful thing for the needy rather than being an owner of a colourful career,” Kim, the world champion pianist of 2001, said.

According to Jin Chulho, producer of the event, the event has been named as Piano and Icecream as piano represents the peace as described in the song ‘Ebony and Ivory’ of Paul McCartney and the ice cream contains the hope to sing and share the message of peace, hope and joy. “An hour-long epic performance will have a series of music, such as classic and crossover,” he said.  The event will help raise funds for Nepal’s reconstruction and also to inspire people by challenging to the highest-altitude piano concert. “Thorang-La pass has been chosen as concert venue as it witnessed multiple disasters in the last two years.”

Wangchu Sherpa of Trekking Camp Nepal, which is managing logistics locally, said that the transportation team already headed to Muktinath carrying the grand piano which weighs 253 kilogram. “This event will certainly inspire world tourists to visit Nepal and strengthen ties betwen their countries with Nepal,” he said.

Kim, who has begun to represent the excellence in the world stage by winning the best prize in the in the International Concours de I’lle-de-France will be supported by Jin, Sujin Choi, Sungwan Kin, Yongsu Park and Insik Moon. “The event support by the Orange Factory, a Korean SPA brand, will be uploaded in YouTube and other social media.”

In addition, the team plans to present the music to the people those who have been marginalised in the music and cultural benefits by living in the mountains, Jin further said, adding that they also planned a second subsequent concert in Hanumandhoka Darbar Square in Kathmandu in December.