India Sri Lanka Foundation is supporting organization of a Cultural Festival “Char Adhyaya” by Santiniketan Friends from 15 – 18 October 2012 at several venues in Colombo.
An Art and Sculpture exhibition will be held at the National Art Gallery from 15-17 October and will be inaugurated on 15 October 2012 at 5.00 p.m. In this exhibition around forty paintings by artists from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Milan will be exhibited. The dance and musical show, “Char Adhyaya” will be held at John de Silva Theatre on 16 October 2012 at 7.00 p.m. Two dance and music shows titled “Salamba” and “Kanya” will be held at Museaus College Auditorium on 17 & 18 October, 2012 at 7.00 p.m.
Char Adhyaya or four chapters covers the four cultural aspects of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s life, namely, music, dance, painting and drama. The Festival will have performances by talented Sri Lankan Artists (alumni of Santiniketan) as well as performances by the students, teachers and artists from Santiniketan, India.
‘Santiniketan Friends’ is an organization formed by the Sri Lankan alumni of Santiniketan with a vision of providing a launching pad for fresh Sri Lankan graduates from Santiniketan as well as to promote Sri Lanka as a cultural hub for the promotion of art and culture in South Asia. It aims to promote Gurudev Tagore’s vision of unity through culture and fusion of expression through the medium of fine arts and culture.
Famous Sri Lankan dancer and choreographer Channa Wickramasinghe is the President of the Santiniketan Friends and his troupe would be performing Kanya – a fusion of Sri Lankan dance style on the tunes of Sougata Roy Chowdhury, a famous Sarod player from India. The other eminent Indian artists participating in the festival are Yaikhom Hemant Kumar (Manipuri dance), Buddhadev Das (Esraj player), Manoj Murali Nair (Kathakali dancer, music composer, dance drama director and Actor) and Swastike Mukhopadhyay (vocalist).
The Sri Lankan artists participating in the festival include Sujeeva Ranasinghe (Esraj player), Thilini Rodrigo Yadev (vocalist), Charith Rumayanga Perera (vocalist), Samarasinghe Arachchige Maduranga (vocalist), Prasanna Kolambage (artist and sculptor) and Madhava Gunawardena (artist and designer). Admission to all the events is free and all are cordially invited to the beautiful fusion of Indian and Sri Lanka music and dance styles. Additional details could be obtained from Santiniketan Friends.