Remembering forgotten children
'Light a candle, don't curse the darkness,' sang the popular young artiste
Dillain Joseph, as a flame was passed from candle to candle in the audience
until the dark auditorium radiated with the light of many candles. In that
moment the significance of the occasion and the aim of all the young artistes
and the producers of the show were understood.
It was yet another evening, like one held earlier in 2001. This very
Christmassy 'Circle of Life', which was on at the Bishop's College auditorium
on December 21 and 22, was yet another effort to raise funds for less fortunate
children while providing young artistes with a stage where they could realize
Chrysantha and the Voices in Harmony, those who had the opening and
closing spots, comprised 11 very young, delightful voices who did justice
to their name. Dilip Seneviratne, now a familiar sight at Circle of Life,
was there with his lively piano repertoire in addition to accompanying
some of the performers. With her serene presence and rich voice Dillain
Joseph, lulled the audience with 'In the arms of an angel' and 'Have I
told you lately' - a duet which she sang together with Bathiya, a pleasant
surprise for both those who knew and didn't know the 'semi-classical musician'
side to Bathiya. Déja vu put in an appearance as well and rocked
the audience with their swinging tunes. Others who performed for the evening
were Imani and Sonali, The Old Joes' Chorale, Devashri de Silva, Nadine
Samarasinghe, Druvi de Silva and Ezra - a gospel rock band.
'Circle of Life - Love, Peace and Joy for a Child', ran the theme for
the evening and because of their efforts, forgotten children were remembered.