Norway and Sri Lanka in fusion of music and dance

‘Traditions Meet’ is an amazing meeting of folk music, classical and contemporary traditions from Sri Lanka and Norway with artists from the two countries bringing together string and wind music, Sri Lankan folk dance and drums. The concert to be held at Ananda College, Colombo on November 14, and at the Hindu Cultural Centre in Kandy on the 13th is presented by the Norwegian Embassy, in collaboration with The Concert Institute, Norway, and the Aru Sri Art Theatre, Sri Lanka.

Norwegian trio.

Norway plans to have a music co-operation with Sri Lanka, to facilitate the transfer of music knowledge and competency development within music education between the two countries. This will be accomplished through seminars, workshops and several exchange-programmes, for teachers as well as students, and universities in the South, West, North and East who will be invited to participate.
The ‘Traditions Meet’ concert opens with an item by Norwegian trio ‘Seven Winds’ - Becaye Aw, guitar, Rolf-Erik NystrØm, saxophone and singer Unni LØvlid. After their performance Becaye Aw and Rolf-Erik will join Sri Lankan musicians in an intercultural performance titled ‘Traditions Meet’. Among the Sri Lankan artists are Ravibandu Vidyapathy, Sri Lankan drums, Priyantha Dassanayaka, flute, Ruwan Weerasekara, violin and Ratnam Ratnadurai, traditional drums and rhythm effects. V. Jambunathan, mrithangam player, Saranga Abeysinghe and Jithendra Vidyapathy, Kandyan drummers and dancers, K.P.R. Ravi Shankar, South Indian thavil player, Darshana Mallawarachchi and Nupathi Nilambara, drummers, will also perform at the concert.

Mathra, a popular folklore group, will also perform. Mathra is directed by Saman Panapitiya, singer, composer and senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at the University of Visual and Performing Arts. Also performing are talented folk singers Indika Upamali and T.S.Murugesh. The Aru Sri Art Theatre will present an innovative Tamil folk dance group skilled in various dance styles.

The concert in Kandy will include two extra items, a Tamil folk dance by the Central Province Hindu Association presented by Vyjayanthimala Selvaratnam, and Teemus Peiris of the Kandy Music Society with a saxophone and vocal performance that represents Kandyan song and music.

A Sound Engineering Workshop will also be conducted with Norwegian collaboration, by Ingar Hunskaar in Kandy at the Hindu Cultural Centre at 3.30 p.m. on November 13 and at Ananda College at 3.30 p.m. in Colombo on the 14th which is open to the public. Ingar Hunskaar is a sound engineer, record producer and musician based in Oslo, Norway, who is travelling to Sri Lanka with the trio.
For more information, please contact Aru Sri Art Theatre, Ms. Arunthathy tel: 0777-314425.

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