Tribute to Tagore on his birth anniversary
Famous dancer and choreographer Chandana Wickramasinghe, who had
learnt Kathakali and Manipuri dances at Santiniketan, gave a short
performance at an event organised by the Indian Cultural Centre on May 8
at the Buddhist Cultural Centre auditorium, Colombo to pay homage to
Rabindranath Tagore commemorating his 151st birth anniversary.
The event titled Legacy of Santiniketan, included performances from
renowned Sri Lankan artistes such as Weerasena Gunathilake, Thilini
Rodrigo, Charith Perera and Chandana Wickramasinghe who are alumni of
Santiniketan, an institute founded by Tagore.
The artistes paid tribute to founder of their alma-mater with their
artistic skills in music, dance and choreography. National Languages and
Social Integration Minster Vasudeva Nanayakkara was the chief guest.
Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha and Secretary to the President
Lalith Weeratunga graced the event.
The evening commenced with rendition of Bengali songs by Sangeet
Visharadha Weerasena Gunatilake, joined by Sriya Kariyawasam in
presenting duet Bengali songs.
It was followed by rendition of Rabindra Sangeet by Shasthrapathi
Thilini Rodrigo and Shasthrapathi Charith Perera, both in solo and duet
format and accompanied by their students. The songs included the famous
Tagore song Ekla Chalo Re , a song that inspires to have courage and
self-confidence and to walk alone believing in one's convictions even if
no one is willing to walk with you.
The evening concluded with the special creation choreographed by
Chandana Wickramasinghe based on Rabindra Nrithya. It the first time
that Chandana created a performance by his troupe based on Rabindra
Sangeet and Nrithya.