South Asia Partnership International, in their Campaign
Against Small Arms held a concert at the Bishop's College Auditorium
on February 21. Called simply 'Life', it aimed to emphasize the
value of human life and to restore dignity and justice to life when
against the use of small arms, with an evening of entertainment
that was a fusion of Sri Lankan music, dance and drama with Western
The theme of
the programme was aptly depicted through a skit on violence, put
together by dancers of the Ravi Bandu and Arundathi Ranganathan
S. Sarangan in an attractive art form, it was an effective portrayal
of the present scenario and the destruction caused by the use of
small arms in the hands of common
the cultural influences in our country, dancers from the Shrishti
Performing Arts showcased some fine classical Indian Dancing.
all their finery, the students of the Muslim Ladies College sang
some traditional Qawaali Songs.
Ensemble drew much applause from their drums ensemble, Ves Natum
and Kandyan dancing.
contributing to the Western part of the programme did not disappoint
the Western music lovers with their superb rendition of songs by
the Eagles, Eric Clapton and Simon and Garfunkel.
of items seemed to acknowledge the existence of Tamil, Muslim, Sinhalese
and the Burgher communities living on the island.
Bathiya & Santhush
They first met at a Scout Jamboree
Held at Park, Vihara Mahadevi
Santhush represented, College Royal
Whilst Bathiya was to Ananda loyal.
at the camp-fire
Sang quite well, to their heart's desire
Young Santhush, was a regular student
Of a music teacher, he loves very ardent
his music eagerly
Performed at their concerts, quite regularly
Few years later, Bathiya too joined
This same music class, which they enjoyed.
This lead to
more provoking thought
Of making use of, what they were taught
Mixing Sinhala and English, with creativity
Composed a few songs, with their novel ability
With their music,
rhythm and composition
To release a C.D. was their ambition
"Wasanthaye" was their first release
The younger generation, they did please.
many a stage performance
Now lead the field, with great dominance
Winning the hearts, of the younger generation
Provide their music, of a new dimension
The second C.D.
released, was named "Life,"
Produced it with, a lot of strife
"Tharunyaye" was their C.D. third
Bouquets of the fans, have they gathered
Their creativity recognized, internationally
Received a few, International Awards,
Whenever they perform, audience does applaud
To create a
Sri Lankan Identity
Is their great vision, with creativity
It is no easy task, in the music field
But I hope they will, soon reap the yield
With all the
support, they have from the fans,
This they will achieve, I know they can,
With your talent exuding, you are quite capable
Do keep striving, my duo lovable