The Malaysian Duet 'Cenderawasih' was active and successful as EMI artists and Pop/Rock performers in the country during the 1980s before and shortly after their educational venture and graduation from Berklee College of Music in Boston. The sisters Helen and Irene Savari that made up this duet were known for their intricate vocal harmonies, their self-accompaniment on keyboards and guitar and their fluency singing in 13 languages! During the 80s besides gaining artistic credentials from their extensive club stints throughout the country, their three successful EMI albums generated much publicity from the print and broadcasting media (radio/television) that won the group popularity as celebrities among the various milieus of the Malaysian multi-racial public. Cenderawasih was also known for their accompanying chaperone, mother and manager Mdm. Nalini Matilda.
The 1990’s saw Helen and Irene pursue music educational careers although they went their different ways geographically. Irene, the CEO of the acclaimed International College of Music (ICOM) in Kuala Lumpur had teamed up with their brother Dato’ Ravimaran Savari to cater for new possibilities in music education within the country as much as internationally. Helen, together with her husband, Fritz Renold manage their youth development music festival in Switzerland called ‘Jazzaar Festival’. The project that celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2013 has gained much recognition for its unique 'learning on the bandstand' concept that presents on stage exclusive productions with talented youth coached and accompanied by internationally acclaimed musicians.