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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 between people."

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 Embassy.

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