Fusion of talent and flair at ‘Instriago’

By Shaveen Jeewandara

They had a vision in mind, worked towards one goal and set forth on a bold journey to redefine the youth music arena is Sri Lanka. So they did, at ‘INSTRIAGO 2011’, a night full of talent, class, and the undying power of music. Organized for the second time by the Youth Music Council of Sri Lanka, ‘INSTRIAGO’ aimed to break the shackles of commonplace musical fests and bring the audience a fusion of talent and flair.

As the mirror reported last, the preliminary rounds of ‘INSTRIAGO’ hinted that the final event would be the climax of the musical treat. With an overwhelming turnout the bands braced themselves for the final encounter. The competition drew to a close on last week, at the British School Auditorium, and saw four schools emerging champs in their respective categories and band ‘Limitless’ bagging the title for the open category. Ananda College emerged as the best Brass Band, while St Bridgets’ Convent bagged the keyboard title, St. Peter’s College emerged champs in the band category as well as the most popular band of the night. All the schools justified the final decisions with talented displays.

The evening came to life with the opening display by the brass bands of Holy Cross College, Gampaha and Ananda College. A statement about what would follow was set by this performance as the night moved into the arms of a soothing melo-dramatic duet, performed by St. Bridgets Convent. Once again the stage was set for a colourful fusion performed by the bands of St. Peter’s College Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia. The competition moved onto the open category, and the audience was basked with a spectacular show put on by the three bands – ‘Vivace’, ‘Limitless’ and ‘Debtors’, where ‘Limitless’ bagged the title as the best open band.

The British School auditorium reverberated with the quality of music that ‘INSTRIAGO’ was able to present, and the audience experienced, not only a thrilling encounter of performances but an opportunity to relax in the wake of soothing music. The turnout at the event was great and showed how much value Sri Lankans are willing to give to quality music. The winds of change are blowing over this land blessed with a plethora of talented young musicians seeking a platform to profess their talents – and ‘INSTRIAGO’ served that purpose.

The youth music council aims to carry the success forward, along it’s path to redefining youth music in the island. An initiative that should be applauded is the fact that the council does not limit it’s horizons to the Colombo district but has spread to all parts of the island. Including Ordinary and Advanced level western music workshops, for students in the outstations.

This is what the Youth Music Council had to say at the end of this endeavor, “A dream can be defined as a long term ambition or wish. Reality is best defined as the state of things as they actually exist.

However, what best defines the Youth Music Council is its ability to bridge the gap between a dream and reality. All in all a fete accompli by the Youth Music Council.

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