Music traditions meet in collaborative concert
The Concert Institute, Norway, with the collaboration of the Aru Sri
Art Theatre, Sri Lanka, will present 'Traditions Meet' a concert that
combines the musical traditions of Norway and Sri Lanka. The concert
will be held at Ananda College, Colombo on November 14 at 6.30 pm, and
at the Hindu Cultural Centre in Kandy on November 13 at 6.30 pm.
'Traditions Meet' is an amazing meeting of folk music, classical and
contemporary traditions from the two countries and will feature Sri
Lankan and Norwegian artists, saxophone, guitar, violinists, flautists,
drummers and singers, bringing together string and wind music, Sri
Lankan folk dance and drums.
Music has long been a universal language that cuts across barriers of
language, region, ethnicity and religion, uniting divided communities
and reconnecting fragmented societies since it speaks directly to
people's hearts and appeals to their emotions. Norwegian ambassador to
Sri Lanka, Tore Hattrem confirms this. "By initiating a programme for
musical collaboration between Sri Lanka and Norway, we hope
progressively to contribute to positive interaction and understanding
As a first step in this direction, Norway plans to inaugurate a
musical co-operation that will facilitate the transfer of 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.
An important pillar of the project will be documentation of the rich
Sri Lankan heritage of ethnic music and dance expressions in danger of
being forgotten and lost forever, and their storage in a manner that
makes them accessible to society.
Another concert will be held in early December when Norwegian jazz
band the Hot Club de Norvège will visit Sri Lanka and will hold a
performance in Colombo. The concert is funded by the Royal Norwegian