Celebrate Sri Lanka is a workshop conducted by visiting artists Nalinda Peiris and Dilhan Pinnagoda on the Traditional Drumming and Dance techniques of the Island of Sri Lanka.
Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and un-spoilt.
Intersecting the East from the West, located at the southernmost tip of India, Sri Lanka boasts of a music that is traditional & indigenous flourishing side by side with music fused over centuries arising varied influences. Ancient folk rituals, songs of the indigenous Veddah tribes, religious chants, drum rhythms unheard of in any other part of the globe dot the landscape of music that is traditional. Influences from across the shores from both South and North India for well over 2000 years as well as that from Bollywood in more recent times is evident in almost all parts of the country. Music passed on from traders from China to the Middle East who came in search of spices and gems, Music of European Colonists; Portuguese and their Kafir slaves that blessed the country with its most enigmatic dance music: the Baila with a unique 6/8 rhythm, the Dutch and the British who brought western, choral, classical & orchestrated music are all prevalent in both its purest as well as fused forms. Today, Sri Lanka is a melting pot of world music and a fertile ground for experimentation to create a sound & a beat synthesized and unheard of in the global entertainment scene.
Come experience first hand, for the first time at Berklee College of Music, the native musical culture and traditions of Sri Lanka on Friday the 20th of November 2015 at 5:00pm in the LOFT (921 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor)!
This initiative is supported by the following Departments: -
Student Activities Center at Berklee College of Music.
The Student Government Associations of Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory: Bridge The Gap Initiative.
The office of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion at Berklee College of Music.