Buddha’s life set to music
Dinesh on a yet another less travelled musical path:
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their
pictures on silence
Dinesh Subasinghe who carved his niche in the Sri Lankan music arena
by shedding light on the music played by ancient musical instruments
like the Ravanahatha or the Ravanastron had released the island’s first
ever Buddhist oratorio. Titled The Buddha: River of Kindness this CD is
said to comprise the first philosophic piece of musical work since
Master Premasiri Khemadasa’s cantata on Buddha’s Pari Nirvana.
Laurels for Dinesh
|*Dr A R Rahman – Nice music
*Gabriel Senanes – Very clear ideas and feelings about art
*Dr Lester James Peries – Come a long way from the timber and texture of
Ravana to capture the essential spirit of Buddhism
The CD encompasses 12 pieces of enthralling music strummed by Dinesh.
It is a mixture of many musical genres from the western and Indian
classical to Sri Lankan folk, pop, Tibet, Japanese and Chinese styles
with Buddhist chanting in the backdrop. The piece is his first exclusive
work of art since coming down for a break from the A R Rahman Academy,
Taking on a road less travelled Dinesh notes that his aim is to
create heartfelt tunes with his own unique imprint. He is not a part of
the rat race for fame because he takes extra care to give his best for
each track rather than dish out a CD while in the heights of fame.
Music is a medium, much like a language, in which he hopes to
communicate with the world. It has no specific borders for it is
something which everyone can relate to. His main goal is to show the
musical potentiality of Sri Lankans and bring honour to his motherland.
“I have included soothing music in The Buddha: River of Kindness. ‘Music
Therapy’ is a good mode to relieve stress. My prime objective it to take
this to universal level so that globally renowned orchestras will be
playing the tunes commemorating Sri Lankan music,” the youth opined to
Daily News ‘Artscope’.
Topping his first year foundation program with an A Grade, Dinesh was
one among a few who got the opportunity to work with Raheman on his
nursery rhymes audio CD. The nursery rhymes in the CD were narrated by
Bollywood starlet Katrina Kaif. He played the violin, Ravanahatha,
Kingiri and Ekthar for the CD and was also a member of the orchestra for
Mani Ratnam’s Raavan.
With Dr A R
Rahman and Maestro Premasiri Khemadasa
Last year he turned another new leaf in his career by composing a one
string quartet named The Night Before the Battle, a sonata from a cello,
violin and piano titled Ignored and a symphony, Land I saw, Land I
Dreamed. Dinesh was one of the youngest composers to write a symphony at
the age of 31.
Speaking about his recent achievements Dinesh related that he also
wrote Princess of the Lost Tribe, a Capella, for Menaka singers, a choir
trained and directed by Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu for their September
Song concert last year. He is presently engaged in composing a piece for
Bridget Halpe’s choir.
The Yanni holiday celebration community selected three musicians from
the world to create promotional songs for Yanni tours and Yanni fans in
the US and Brazil. Dinesh was elected for the deed and he chose
Tharindya Amaratunga from Kandy and Abigael Elisha from Negombo, both
choristers from Bridget Halpe’s choir, for the track. He had also
composed tunes for a number of teledramas which are being telecast and
more which are queuing to unspool on TV.
Reflecting on the roots of his musical career Dinesh notes that there
were many people who had wished him well. He is especially grateful to
Tharunyata Hetak Chairman and Hambantota district Parliamentarian Namal
Rajapaksa, Minoj Silva and Aruna Priyashantha for their support.
Dinseh’s latest CD, The Buddha: River of Kindness, will be available at
leading bookstores soon.