RAN SWARA DHARA - 2004
2004/03/07

“Ran Swara Dhara”, the musical extravaganza which was held at the Melbourne Concert Hall on 7th March 2004 was a resounding success. With eight top artists – Nanda Malini, Rohana Weerasinghe, Edward Jayakody, Sunil Edirisingha , Nirosha Virajini, Hemapala Gallege, Kalani Perera and Suresh Malliadde – coming from Sri Lanka, and three more artists coming from inter-state, with a 15 member Orchestra and an icon of a venue, having the event at the Melbourne Concert Hall would have been a challenge and a daunting task for anyone – let alone a bunch of pure amateurs.

It took months of painstaking planning and coordination to get everything in place. A host of logistical problems had to be dealt with like, organising visas and air tickets for the artists, coordinating the musical programme, advertising and sale of tickets and numerous other details had to be attended to. In addition, as this was the first time we were having such an event at the Concert Hall we were required to pay the Hall charges in advance. It was not just a logistical challenge but it was a financial challenge as well. But in the end it was a very satisfying experience. Our intention was to make this show a tribute to the Sri Lankan community in Melbourne as well as a tribute to our Sri Lankan artists by providing a venue worthy of their talents. The resounding applause of over 2300 patrons and the very positive feed back we received both from the audience and the artists after the show proved beyond any doubt that we had achieved our goal.

The success of this event we wish to dedicate to our teachers at Ananda, especially to Col G.W.Rajapakse who pioneered the tradition of giving the responsibility of organising major school events such as the Prize Giving, Sports Meets and the “Big Matches” to the senior students of the College. This experience we had at school has helped so many of us in our adult lives.

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Welcoming the guests Lighting the traditional oil lamp Audience Orchestra
Visharadha Nanda Malini
Orchestra Visharadha Nanda Malini Visharadha Nanda Malini
Audience Orchestra Edward Jayakodi Sunil Edirisinghe
Dancers Rohana Weerasinghe Rohana Weerasinghe Back up singers
Dancers Sunil Edirisinghe & Rohana Weerasinghe Dancers
Nirosha Virajini
Nirosha Virajini Dancers
Edward Jayakodi
Dancers
Back up singers Orchestra Back up singers
Visharadha Nanda Malini
Nirosha Virajini
Visharadha Nanda Malini
Sunil Edirisinghe
Edward Jayakodi
Edward Jayakodi
Rohana Weerasinghe
Rohana Weerasinghe
Rohana Weerasinghe
  Nirosha Virajini Visharadha Nanda Malini  

Pictures by - Johann Jayasinghe ©

 

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