TV Times

Sri 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.

This 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.

Somasiri 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.

Pt. 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.

Pt. 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.

Shilpi 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, U.K.

Shilpi 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.

He 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


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