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Wednesday, 14 December 2011



Sonduru Sathsara Esraj concert in Sri Lanka

Sarath Kumarasinghe, a gifted son of Sri Lanka is holding his Sonduru Sathsara Esraj instrumental musical concert at Bishops College Auditorium, Colombo on December 16 at 7 pm with the distinguished patronage of several dignitaries and prominent artistes Sri Lanka. Renowned dancer Chandana Wickramasinghe and his Dancers Guild troupe will provide dances and choreography for the concert.

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Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga is expected to grace the occasion as the chief guest.

Sarath Kumarasinghe has already held his Sonduru Sathsara concert in Canada and USA. This is Sarath’s second concert in Sri Lanka. In 2007 he held his maiden Esraj concert in Sri Lanka at the BMICH. The concert comprises of a repertoire of immortal melodies originating from Sri Lanka, India and the West augmented by dances and visual effects.

Esraj is a string instrument that produces a tone considered to be the closes to the human voice. Its melodious expression of emotions latent in the unfathomable depths of human mind such as sweet-sorrow of parting, melancholy and piety is inimitable on any other instrument.

Sarath played Esraj when he was just twelve and continued classical studies under Vishared H de S Jayasekera and at the Bhatkande University of Music, Lucknow, India and follows the Bhatkande classical Indian tradition.

He has participated in numerous radio, television and stage performances on classical and light music and contributed to musical soundtracks of Sri Lankan movies including Pradeep Ratnayake’s musical score in the Dr Lester James Peris’ Wekande Walauwa.

Sarath has released three Esraj Instrumental CDs and a concert DVD to-date. Sarath Kumarasinghe lives in Toronto, Canada and performs to a variety of audiences in Canada and USA on a regular basis. He is also a renowned music tutor in Ontario. His website is www.sathsara.com.



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