Folklore extravaganza in the North
Jaffna Music Festival 2011 is initiated through the Norway-Sri Lanka Music Cooperation agreement in partnership with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this collaborative effort, Sewalanka Foundation is organizing the event, with the guidance of Aru Sri Theatre and support from Concerts Norway.
“Jaffna Music Fesitival will provide a forum for folk musicians, who have at times struggled to engage in and preserve these art forms and an opportunity to exchange traditions with other performers and festival-goers from across Sri Lanka”, said a U.S. Embassy Press Release marking the delightful celebration.
Pictures from the festival:
By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai:
Kids Villu Paattu at Jaffna Music Festival 2011
Traditional local products are available at “Neithal” stall at the music festival
Puppet show is being performed at the Jaffna Music Festival
Traditional decorations at Uzhavar Nadanam stall
Photo of Lord Murugan is decorated at Palai stall
Statue of Mahathma Gandhi in Jaffna
Cadjan huts give the typical village feeling of Jaffna.Huts are woven with cadjans
Goat rests on a balmy day on tablet laid to mark Jaffna Peninsula switching to Hyorel power in 1971
Paddy hangs at the stall of Magudi Aattam.
Simply loving the village set up & living with them throughout the festival by the sea,although the weather is extremely balmy in Jaffna.
Kaavadi in puppet form by artistes in South of Sri Lanka
This figure is made in sand and painted
Yet another lovely traditional set up at the Uzhavar Nadanam
Spice up of the Jaffna Music Festival 2011
Dance to cure diseases
Dusk over Pannai Lagoon in Jaffna
Enchanted festival goers at Jaffna Music Festival 2011
Papparavaaham Kooththu is being performed on stage after 30 years.
Jaffna Music Festival features variety
Kaaththavaraayan Kooththu is being performed at Jaffna Music Festival.
Magudi Aattam from Mulliyawalai performing at Jaffna Music Festival
Jaffna’s all time favourite Villisai King Sinnamani & troupe performing at Jaffna Music Festival 2011
Parai Melam from Batticaloa is currently being performed at Jaffna Music Festival.
Home made Potato chips for sale at the festival site in Jaffna
View of Subramaniam Park in Jaffna
Jaffna at dusk