Indian musical concert in Jaffna to celebrate Gandhi’s Birth anniversary

Oct 03, Colombo: A music concert organized by the Indian High commission in Colombo was held in Jaffna Sunday to celebrate the International Day of Non-Violence, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth anniversary, a press release from the Indian mission said.

Consulate General of India in Jaffna and the Department of Culture, Northern Province of Sri Lanka organized a Grand Musical Concert by the eminent Carnatic vocalist Mr. T.M. Krishna and troupe in Jaffna on 02 October 2011.

The Concert, first in the series of three in a row, was held at Veerasingam Hall, Jaffna and was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries Small Enterprises Development of Sri Lanka.

V. Mahalingam, Consul General of India, Jaffna and Mrs. Yogeswaray Patgunarajah, Mayor, Jaffna Municipal Council were the Guests of Honour.

The Concert was attended by more than 750 cultural enthusiasts. Mr. T. M. Krishna enthralled the audience with his awe-inspiring voice and strict adherence to grammer in the classical Carnatic music. Befitting the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, he sang a melodius song eulogizing the great soul and his contribution to the noble principle of Ahimsa.

The Concert was a grand success and there were requests for many such cultural programmes from the audience. The accompanying artistes of Mr. T.M. Krishna include Ms. Akkarai S. Subbulakshmi (Violin), Mr. Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (Mridangam), Mr. Giridhar Udupa (Ghatam/clay pot) and Mr. Alathur T. Rajganesh (Ganjira/tambourine).

The second Concert was held on Monday, October 03 at Kilinochchi Maha Vithiyalam Hall. Parliamentarian M. Chandrakumar was the Chief Guest and Mrs. R. Ketheswaran, Government Agent, Kilinochchi was the Guest of Honour.

The third Concert will be held tomorrow at the Urban Council Hall, Vavuniya at 5 PM. Mr. L. Illangovan, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs Sports, Northern Province will be the Chairperson.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen, and Governor of Northern Province Major General G.A. Chandrasiri will grace the concert as Chief Guests and Government Agent of Vavuniya Mrs. P.S.M. Charles will be the Guest of Honour.

The concerts organized in Northern Sri Lanka are in line with India’s commitment to assist in rejuvenation of cultural life in the Northern Sri Lanka besides supporting projects for rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced persons in the Northern Province in the areas of shelter (through roofing sheets and cement bags), health-care (providing emergency medical relief, organizing artificial limbs refitment camps and equipping hospitals), livelihood generation (provision of fishing equipment, tractors, agricultural equipment and seeds) and education (repairs of schools and setting up of vocational training centres). India is also supporting construction of Jaffna Cultural Centre, which when completed will be an iconic landmark in the cultural landscape of Northern Sri Lanka.

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