WOMAD Sri Lanka 2005 ::: Sri Lanka's Festival of World of Music and Drums Photos
The show in Kandy was a surprise to me, as I arrived in the sceane there were only few flags and few people sitting on the lawn, there were not lights, no sound setups, I wondered how were going to hear, The show started late accommodating time and crowed for a maiden musical performance by a university student  happening in Sarathchadra Pit (open air coliseum theatre)...

Crowed gathered slowly by the time show started there were about 100 people. Dohl foundation was first to play, they captured the hearts of youngsters with Bangra style drumming,  Soon there were over 2000 people, all university students must have waken up by the sound of drums, although the lamps gave only a little light, it made a surrounding ready for a real acoustic show. The crowed cheered, clapped, danced and wanted more from Dohl foundation. At the end Dohl foundation had to moved to bring next show in :) .. it was really a fun act ...

Then came Yelemba D'Abidjan of West Africa marching with their war drums, They continued to capture the hearts of crowed, the crowed was gathered around all sides of stage except back. The closest people were sitting and their was only a little room for the photographers, we had to crawl ... It was another great display of great drumming by Yelemba
22nd September Evening at University of Peradeniya Kandy
 Dhol Foundation, Yelembda and Ravibandu Vidyapathy
 
       
 
   
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As Ravibandu Vidyapahy and Ensemble was announced, crowed cheered "Sri Lanka" reputedly and kept on cheering, for them it's competition, the standards for entertainment were set high by Dohl foundation and Yelembda, At the Art's faculty of the University, they wanted very best of Sri Lankan style.  It looked like Ravibandu already knew it ...

Ravibandu started different this time, He used the great space to make drumming formations, displaying their mastery in traditional dancing while playing Geta Bera, Yak Bera and Dawula in harmony.  The drums rocked the night and must have heard far away...

In the latter part Ravi Bandu was joined by Nesan Thayagarajan with his little Kanjiram, His started on a low note and went on sounding the little Kanjiram like a base drum, Then they presented Ukusa Wannama, Waramathi Subha and a duet with Geta Bera and Kanji Ram.  The combination of Ravibandu and Nesan was a great cultural experience of Kandyan and Indian styles. It simple convinced that music brings cultures together breaking all barriers in communications ... At the end the show took to the peak of drumming .. no doubt this is world festival of drums ....

Then we came to Colombo to see Master Drummers Bill Cobham and Trilok Gurtu
at St. Bishop's Auditorium....

 


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