Traditional and contemporary music and dance will be in the spotlight when the Galle Music Festival, sister event of the Jaffna Music Festival, bringing together musicians from around the island is held on March 3rd and 4th.
Last year the Jaffna Music Festival attracted over 13,000 people to Jaffna. The organizers addressing a press conference this week said that this year too, the open air event promises to be just as exhilarating.
The Galle festival will host an exciting line up of musicians, dancers and performers at the Samanala Grounds in Galle. Joining the exciting line up of local artists will be International performers from Bangladesh, India, Norway and Palestine.
One of the objectives in this event is to educate festival-goers and the youth of Sri Lanka about different forms of folk music and artists, to give a more diverse and interesting experience of each folk form and to preserve the Sri Lankan traditional music.
The two day line-up of national and international artists will include folk music items like Sanni Yakuma- from Paravahera, Kolam-from Mirissa, Rookada-from Ambalangoda, Sampradaika Jana Gee-from Alawwa, KafferManja-from Sirambi Adiya, Kali Kambatam-from Akkaraipattu, Vasanthan Koothu-from Kadduwan, Kovalan Koothu-from Mullaitivu, Vaasappu-from Mannar, Adivasi-from Dambana and contemporary music items by Sangeeth-Bhawana-Galle, Evolution-the choir of the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Centegratz and B&S with Ashanthi, Umara, Umariya and Randhir.
Arunthathy Sri Ranganathan, Artistic Director of the Music Cooperation said that the event will open doors for local artists to perform to an international audience and musicians of all ethnic groups from all parts of the island to perform together.
“Sri Lankan students, teachers and sound engineers are able to draw on modern technologies and musical communication to share in their work and enhance their performances, concerts and festivals. It’s a celebration of our diverse multi cultural traditional heritage and an effort towards harmony by creating a shared festival experience for visitors from the North and their brothers and sisters from the South,” she added.
The event is in collaboration with Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway) and Aru Art Theater, Sewalanka with funding by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“I believe that the music festivals are creating positive meeting places for performance communities from different parts of Sri Lanka,” says Hilde Haraldstad the Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, adding that she’s glad to say that there will be people coming from Norway to the festival and also from South Asia countries and the Middle East.
“Music co-operation has several components. To support music festivals is one of them and the other components are for the musicians to go to Norway and to perform there,” she said adding that it gives an opportunity to Norwegian artists to come here, perform and travel around the country and also to give classes and workshops here.
This event is a part of a larger nonprofit Music Cooperation Programme that is established with the objective of stimulating the musical performing arts of Sri Lanka by providing for exchange while preserving traditional Sri Lankan musical expressions.
- By Aanya Wipulasena