The De Lanerolle Brothers took wing to Germany to perform a special Mother’s Day concert at the Room of Diana in the Castle of Engers in Neuweid. Their concert was part of the Re-Awakening Movement which hopes to showcase the people of Sri Lanka, their unique and varied styles of art and culture to the rest of the world through a series of events.
The concert was organized by the Re-Awakening Project in cooperation with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt. Flown in by SriLankan Airlines, the Brothers delighted the audience with 20 songs.
As a special tribute to Mother’s Day, they requested all mothers in the room on stage to sing them a song and present them with a gift for Mother’s Day.
Among the guests were members of the Association “Freundeskreis Neuwied-Matara,” also the Ambassador of the Maldives Alui Hussain Didi and Count and Countess Alexander and Gabriela of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.
Pradeep Jayawardena, Consulate General for Sri Lanka in Germany said the country is re-awakening from decades of conflict and centuries of foreign rule to take its rightful place in Asia and the world. “We once had one of the world’s greatest civilisations with highly developed irrigation, agriculture, arts and literature and we were a fountain of Buddhist learning. Our people are our greatest resource, with so much variety in personalities, skill and talent.”
That sentiment was echoed by a member of the audience who enthused that though they often have had the opportunity to experience concerts in the splendid ambience of Castle Engers, “this time the warm hearted atmosphere came in addition. The highly varied performance of the De Lanerolle Brothers was an acoustic special treat…it all brought Sri Lanka a little bit closer to us,” she added.