Lankan violinists to perform in New Delhi
Two top Sri Lankan violinists, Pandit Somasiri Illesinghe and Sri
Chitral Pandita are invited to perform at the Habitat Centre in
New Delhi India at their prestigious HCL Concert series.
Classical Music concert will be held on March 1 at 7.00pm at the
India Habitat Centre Basement Theater. The duo will perform a Violin
Duet Recital. Indian tablist Sri Prasun Chatterjee will accompany
them on Tabla.
Illesinghe is one of Sri Lanka’s leading Classical Violinists
in the music scene today. Pt. Illesinghe learned under the eminent
violinist of Seniya Gharana, Prof. G. N. Goswamy. He has produced
a number of disciples who are at performing level.
Illesinghe served at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation from
1966 to 1982 and thereafter at Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
upto 1999. At the time of his retirement he was the Director of
Music at SLRC.
Illesinghe is a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Aesthetic
Studies at the Kelaniya University and at the Indian Cultural Centre
in Colombo. Pdt. Somasiri Illesinghe is a super grade artiste of
the SLBC and SLRC.
Chitral Pandita is the Senior most disciple of Pt. Somasiri Illesinghe.
He obtained a degree of Vadya Visharad in 1982 with a 1st Division.
He is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and obtained B.Sc.
Engineering degree at University of Moratuwa also with a 1st Class
and M.Sc. in Construction from University of Technology, Loughborough,
Chitral Pandita has performed in many recitals over SLBC and SLRC
and in Classical Concerts in Sri Lanka and abroad. He was awarded
the Bunka Award in year 2004 for special achievement in Music by
The Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund.
is the founder/Chairman of Tamasha a private sector organization
promoting Classical Music and fine arts. He is of the view that
this tour will be a great opportunity for them to develop a strong
relationship with the Indian Artistes and similar organizations
in India. Sri Yathna Perera a partner of TAMASHA will also accompany
the two artistes on this tour