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Female Indians

Singing India

January 16 -  31, 2021


Per person, twin share.

Deposit: $1,500Aud (non refundable)

Balance payable 3 months before departure

Single Room Supplement:  $1,500Aud payable with balance.

Choir Director

Sue Johnson - composer, musical director and recording artist (vocalist, pianist and choral conductor) who has co-produced numerous CDs of original works with various artists and performed nationally and internationally.


Tour Concept

SINGING INDIA with Sue Johnson approaches India in an entirely different way, through its people and through the lens of sharing song and culture. 


In conjunction with local musicians, we will develop a repertoire of songs over a 5 day period in magical Rajasthan, then hit the old Portuguese enclave of Goa before heading to the Rishikesh on the Ganges, sharing music with different communities as we go.

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We will sing in schools, with Indian choirs, in churches and sacred places, in villages and in private homes. The process is to use performance as a connective tissue into Indian community and tradition.


This is a bold undertaking but at its heart is the knowledge that Indian people respect culture, and appreciate the generous sharing of it. They appreciate 'celebration' as well, and that's what we aim to do - to celebrate the meeting of different cultures.


Sue Johnson will be a perfect foil for this interaction as we deliver songs from our Western tradition and learn songs from the Indian tradition. Her 'improv' and spontaneous style will blend perfectly with some of the cultural and natural landscapes into which we travel. Sue has an incredible ear, not just for the music, but for its capacity to bend and shape itself into the moment.

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We will perform twice in formal situations. In conjunction with the Goa University Choir in Old Goa and then on our last night in Rishikesh at the ramshackle Beatles Ashram where the young Beatles studied transcendental meditation under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi between February and April 1968. Here also they wrote the White Album, to which we will pay homage in song.


Whether you have been to India or not, this will be a remarkable way to access its mysteries, through the powerful process of making and sharing music. We are more Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review than AAP KIngs. We intend to create a touring show that provides the soundscapes to our journey and invites people into our musical ecosystem.

Sue will be joined on SINGING INDIA by Professor Santiago Lusardi Girelli, a fascinating choir director and composer who specialises in the fusion between Eastern and Western music traditions.

To see a complete description of Santiago and his work you might visit the link below which outlines his fascinating program - SINGING WITH THE MYSTICS. Santiago is the perfect person to provide the cultural context to India.


As Sue prepares the choir to deliver her wonderful material, Santiago will lead songs that allow us to resonate with Indian music and its devotional tradition. We will be also joined by local musicians, with interactions planned that fuse Sue’s beautiful chants and grooves with classical Indian singing.

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Lastly, we bring YOU! Talented, courageous, open-hearted and with all kinds of singing and musical talents that we will utilise in concert and in our daily travel.

I’ll share a moment by the Ganges when I was developing SINGING INDIA. I was sitting in a chai cafe in Rishikesh when an old Norwegian hippy pulled out a squeeze box... 

He started to play a classic Hindu chant or raga and the chai man joined in with a lilting tala. Being a bit of an old hippy myself I joined them, and so too did a passing yoga teacher. When I left 30 minutes later with input from almost 15 singers and a drummer, I rang Santiago immediately, describing the experience. “Yes” he said, “we can create a soundscape to our journey which doesn’t demand an audience but invites people to join.”

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The extraordinarily interesting aspect to this interaction was that it actually wasn’t extraordinary. No one made a fuss, it was just Indian life where music and celebration need almost no encouragement, always just sitting below every moment waiting to emerge.


We will enhance the musical possibilites by adding an Indian musician with who Santiago has performed on a number of occasions - Subhash Pavar.  This young Indian classical vocalist and swarmandal instrumentalist has had a  meteoric career. His talent, kindness and understanding of Indian music will allow Sue’s beautiful melodies, and Santiago’s mesmorising chants, to have an Indian classical  counterpoint as we work together to create a unique fusion of music.


As the designer of SINGING INDIA I am so excited. Excited by what Sue will bring, by what Santiago will bring, by what you will bring and by what India will present us.


Most travel starts with a range of answers.

SINGING INDIA starts with a load of questions to which the answer will probably be - you just had to be there!


16 Jan 2021: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at AMBASSADOR HOTEL at 2pm.  

After check-in visit the beautiful and culturally important Lodhi Gardens for an intial sing with Sue and a talk from Santiago on Muslim culture in India.

Return to hotel and welcome address and briefing.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Delhi

Meals: Dinner


17 Jan: Delhi – Jaisalmer (Flight 1030 / 1220 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to the Delhi airport to board your onward flight to Jaisalmer.

Check-in to the GOLDEN HAVELI HOTEL.

Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon rehearsal with Sue and Santiago overlooking Jaisalmer Fort.

Dinner next door at Jaisal Treats.

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


18 Jan: Jaisalmer

Easy walk to the beautiful Gadisar Lake for singing/meditation.

Breakfast at hotel.

Rehearsal and lunch at hotel.

Guided walk through the exotic Jaisalmer Fort and Jain Temple.

Afternoon singing session overlooking Jaisalmer at Sunset Cafe.

Dinner at Sunset café with local Rajastani musicians and singers.

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


19 Jan: Jaisalmer

Easy walk to the beautiful Gadisar Lake for singing/meditation.

Breakfast and Lunch at the hotel with morning rehearsal.

Visit to buzzing Jaisalmer Bazaar and sing to the women at an NGO for desert woman weavers in glorious old haveli.

Free time in Baazar.

Dinner at Jaisal Treats.

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


20 Jan: Jaisalmer

Easy walk to the beautiful Gadisar Lake for singing/meditation.

Breakfast then short rehearsal.

Visit Bada Bagh, a spectacular Hindu cremation site. Santiago gives commentary on Hindu religion.

Afternoon drive to Rajasthani Thar Desert school for workshop with children.

Performance and then dinner in Gypsy village with local people as our guests.

Local singers and dancers perform and then a big Desert Disco for a Bollywood Dance.

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast, packed Lunch and Dinner


21 Jan: Jaisalmer

Morning off to chill or explore.

Lunch free range.

Afternoon rehearsal for Goa gigs.

Dinner at Jaisal Treats or similar.

Overnight: Jaisalmer.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


22 Jan: Jaisalmer –Goa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Goa.

Arrive Goa and transfer to the PANJIM INN in old Portuguese quarter of Goa.

Dinner at Viva Panjim Restaurant and then have a drink and sing in the Josephs Bar.

Overnight: Goa

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner


23 Jan: Goa

After breakfast, proceed for Heritage Walk with guide and visit Hindu Temple.

Lunch at Casa Menezes (Goan Portuguese House) in Althino followed by rehearsal in Rotunda, joined by Goa singer musician – Subhash Pavar.

Free time then transfer for rehearsal with Goa University Choir.

Dinner – free range.

Overnight: Goa

Meals: Breakfast


24 Jan: Goa

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure.

Afternoon Old Goa Tour and rehearsal for evening performance.

Performance in heritage cathedral, Old Goa, with University Choir.

Celebratory evening meal with Goa University Choir.

Overnight: Goa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner


25 Jan: Goa

After breakfast, drive to Santa Cruz School for workshop with children.

Drive to the amazing FIGUERIREDO MANSION for lunch, tour and rehearsal.

Visit and perform some songs at Local Church.


Overnight: Goa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


26 Jan: Goa –Rishikesh (Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Dehradun Via Delhi. Arrive Dehradun and transfer to THE DIVINE HOTEL - Rishikesh.

Dinner at Machan at hotel.

Overnight: Rishikesh

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


27 Jan: Rishikesh

Early morning meditation and chanting on the deck by the River Ganges.

Walk with Raj from the hotel. Lunch/swim/sing by River Ganges in front of Ashram.

Afternoon Free Range.

Evening attend Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Rishikesh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


28 Jan: Rishikesh

Early morning Meditation and chanting on the deck by the River Ganges

Rafting on the River Ganges. Lunch and sing by the river.

Afternoon free time then rehearsal for Beatles Ashram gig.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Rishikesh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


29 Jan: Rishikesh

Early morning Meditation and chanting on the deck by the River Ganges

Breakfast then Free Range time.

Visit Beatles Ashram for tour and rehearsal

Dinner at Ashram then Concert for invited guests.

Overnight: Rishikesh

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner


30 Jan: Rishikesh – Delhi (Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight.

Arrive Delhi and transfer to the AMBASSADOR HOTEL.

Free range in Delhi.

Evening farewell at hotel.

Overnight: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner


31 Jan: Depart Delhi


Breakfast and  last sing.

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the Delhi airport to board your flight for onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast

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