Day 4: 11th Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

11th Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi (Festival of Music), Day 4:

Mrs.Poobalasingham garlands her late husband’s portrait. The fourth day of the festival of music was dedicated to Poobalasingham book deport founder Late R.R.Poobalasingham

The Head of Northern Province Government Services K.Paramalingham and Mrs.Paramalingham light the oil lamp

S.T.R Films owner S.Thiayagarajah making his inaugural speech on the fourth day of the Festival of Music

Mrs.Poobalasingham is being honoured

Mrs.Vasantha Vaithiyanathan honours the Head of Northern Province Government Services K.Paramalingham

Mrs.Paramalingham is being honoured by Mrs.Vasantha Vaithiyanathan

Mrs.Vasantha Vaithiyanathan honours S.T.R Films owner S.Thiayagarajah on the fourth day of the Festival of Music

The annual Sri Rama Gnanmirtham Isai Velvi was held for the 11th time in Colombo, which was organised by the Colombo Kamban Kazhagam

M.Thushanthy with her accompanists decorate the Isai Arangu on the fourth day of the Sri Rama Gnanmirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Audience on the fourth day

Violin artiste H.N.Baskar is being honoured by Shanmugampillai on the fourth day of the festival of Music

Shanmugampillai honours Miruthamgam artiste P. Sivaraman

Ganjira artiste K.V.Gopalakrishnan is being honoured by Shanmugampillai on the fourth day of Festival of Music

Music lovers on the fourth day of the festival of music

T.V.Shangaranarayanan is being honoured by Shanmugampillai

Mrs.Shangaranarayanan is being honoured by Vasantha Vaithiyanathan

Musician T.V.Sangaranarayanan and his wife with Vasantha Vaithiyanathan and Shanmugampillai

T.V.Sangaranarayanan decorates the Isai per Arangu on the fourth day of the music festival

Music brought people together

T.V.Sangaranarayanan sings at the Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

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Day 3: Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The 11th Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi (Festival of Music) was organised by the Colombo Kamban Kazhagam, which was held from March 15th-22nd 2008, at Ramakrishna Mission hall. Thyagaraja Aradhana was performed by the participating musicians and artistes on March 12th 2008, before the mega Festival of Music began on March 15th 2008.

Local musicians decorated the Isai Arnagu at dusk, while the Indian musicians decorated the Isai Per Arangu in the nights. The hall was packed with the Carnatic music lovers.

Here is a pictorial of Day 3:

The Managing Director of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) Limited Kumar Nadesan lights the oil lam, and inaugurates the events for the third day of the Festival of Music

Saba Jeyarasa, the President of Colombo Thamizh Sangam making his inaugural speech on the third day of the Festival of Music

The Managing Director of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) Limiter Kumar Nadesan is being honoured by the former Parliamentarian P.S.Soosaithasan on the third day of the Festival of Music

Saba Jeyarasa, the President of Colombo Thamizh Sangam is being honoured by former Parliamentarian P.S.Soosaithasan on the third day of the Festival of Music

Priyadharshini Jetheeswaran decorates the Isai Arangu on the third day of the Sri Rama Gnanmirtham Isai Velvi 2008

A section of audience on the third day

Priyadharshini Jetheeswaran with her accompanists at the Isai Arangu on the third day of the Sri Rama Gnanmirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Ganjira artiste K.V.Gopalakrishnan is being honoured on the third day of Festival of Music

Violin artiste H.N.Baskar is being honoured on the third day of the festival of Music

Miruthamgam artiste P. Sivaraman is being honoured on the third day of the festival of Music

T.M.Krishana is being honoured on the third day of the festival of Music

Members of Kamban Kazhagam got displaced from Jaffna in 1995, and relocated themselves in Colombo. The activities of the Kamban Kazhagaman began soon after the relocation in Colombo

T.M.Krishna decorates the Isai Per Arangu on the third day of Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Music lovers at the show on the third day

Music lovers in Colombo had the rare opportunity of witnessing the Indian Classical musicians’ performance continuously

T.M.Krishna with his accompanists

Indian Vocalist T.M.Krishna performs at the Sri rama Gnanamirtham Isai velvi 2008

[Rama Rama Pranasakhi, by T.M. Krishna ~ From the Album Adbhutha]


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Day 2: Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The 11th Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi (Festival of Music) was organised by the Colombo Kamban Kazhagam, which was held from March 15th-22nd 2008, at Ramakrishna Mission hall. Thyagaraja Aradhana was performed by the participating musicians and artistes on March 12th 2008, before the mega Festival of Music began on March 15th 2008.

Local musicians decorated the Isai Arnagu at dusk, while the Indian musicians decorated the Isai Per Arangu in the nights. The hall was packed with the Carnatic music lovers.

Here is a pictorial of Day 2:

Director of Wellawatte Niththiaykalyani Jewellers lights the oil lamp, and inaugurates the events for the second day of the Festival of Music

Musician and lecturer Kalasuri Arunthahty Sriranganathan making her inaugural speech on the second day of the Festival of Music

Director of Wellawatte Niththiaykalyani Jewellers is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam T.Easwaran on the second day of the Festival of Music

Musician and lecturer Kalasuri Arunthahty Sriranganathan is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam T.Easwaran on the second day of the Festival of Music

P.Kumaresan is being honoured by S.A.Balendran, the Treasurer of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam

P.Kumaresan decorates the Isai Arangu on the second day of the Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008 along with his accompanists S.Jalatharan (Violin), Y.Venilan (Miruthangam), and C.Gajananth (Morsing). P.Kumaresan is a son of famous Nathaswara artiste Panchamoorthy from Jaffna. The twin brothers Ganamoorthy and Panchamoorthy are very popular among the Nathaswara lovers. P.Kumaresan can also play Nathaswaram very well.

Miruthamgam artiste P. Sivaraman is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban kazhagam T.Easwram

Violin artiste H.N.Baskar is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam T.Easwaran

Ganjira artiste K.V.Gopalakrishnan is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban kazhagam T.Easwram

Vocalist O.S.Arun is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam T.Easwram

P.Kumaresan performs along with his accompanists

Indian vocalist O.S.Arun decorates the Isai Per Arangu on the second day of the Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

A section of music lovers

Indian vocalist O.S.Arun decorates the Isai Per Arangu on the second day of the Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008 along with his accompanists

Another section of audience

O.S.Arun from India performs at the 11th Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Isai Per Arangu on second day of the Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Carnatic music lovers gathered to witness

Vocalist O.S.Arun and his accompanists enjoying their performance in Colombo

[Sri Rama Chandra ~ by O S Arun]


[Slide Presenation of Day 2: Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008]
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Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The 11th Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi (Festival of Music) is held annually by the Colombo Kamban Kazhagam.

Members of Kamban Kazhagam got displaced from Jaffna in 1995, and relocated themselves in Colombo. The activities of the Kamban Kazhagaman began soon after the relocation in Colombo.

Local musicians decorated the Isai Aranagu at dusk, while the Indian musicians decorated the Isai Per Arangu in the nights. The hall was packed with the Carnatic music lovers.

Here is a pictorial of Day 1:

Instrumentalists taking part in Thyagarajah Aradhana before the inauguration of eight days long Festival of Music

Musicians gathered to pay tribute to Genius Thyagaraja before the Festival of Music

Vocalists taking part in Thyagarajah Aradhana before the inauguration of eight days long Festival of Music

R.V.S.Ganeshamoorthy (Nathaswaram), V.R.S.Sooriyaprasath (Nathasawarm), K.P.R.Ravishangar (Thavil) and G.Sivaram (Thavil) decorate the Isai Arangu on the first day

The Treasurer of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam S.A.Balendran performs the religious rituals

Director of MTV Mrs.Shanthi Bakeerathan lights the oil lamp, and inaugurates the events for the first day of the Festival of Music

T.Sivashangar welcomes the audience

Retired Supreme Court Judge and the Grand Patron of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam C.V.Wigneswaran making the inaugural speech

Shanthi Bakeerathan is being honoured by the Grand Patron of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam C.V.Wigneswaran while the President of Colombo Kamban kazhagam T.Easwram looks on

Violin artiste H.N.Baskar is being honoured by the Grand Patron Colombo Kamban Kazhagam C.V.Wigneswaran while the President of Colombo Kamban kazhagam

Miruthamgam artiste P. Sivaraman is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban kazhagam T.Easwram, while the Grand Patron of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam C.V.Wigneswaram looks on

Ganjira artiste K.V.Gopalakrishnan is being honoured by the President of Colombo Kamban kazhagam T.Easwram, while the President of Colombo Kamban Kazhagam C.V.Wigneswaram looks on

Musician Sutha Ragunathan honoured

Musician Sutha Ragunathan decorates the Isai Per Arangu on the first day of the Festival of Music

A section of audience at the Festival of Music

Musician Sutha Ragunathan with her accompanists

Musician Sutha Ragunathan sings at Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Audience at Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008

Annual Festival of Music drew large number of Carnatic music lovers in Colombo

Another section of the spectacular audience

[Arumuga Adimaiyai Kai Viduthal Aram Alla Iraivane ~ Rendered by Sudha Ragunathan ~ Raga: Sudha Saveri; Tala: Adi]

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[Slide presentation of Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008]

Sri Rama Gnanamirtham Isai Velvi 2008 was held from March 15th-22nd 2008, at Ramakrishna Mission hall. Thyagaraja Aradhana was performed by the participating musicians and artistes on March 12th 2008, before the mega Festival of Music began on March 15th 2008.

Pictorial of Day 2

Pictorial of Day 3
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Internally Displaced Persons in Puttlam launch new Political Front

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“We lack road, water, and housing facilities. Our children are unable to attend school regularly as there is no proper transport service. We don’t have any facility and leading the same life even now as same as 18 years ago”.

[Slide presentation: Internally Displaced Persons in Puttlam launch Political Front]

This is a cry of an Internally Displaced single mother from Jaffna, A. Shahula shared her agony while chewing betel. She is living with her two kids in Saltern 2 welfare camp in Puttlam.

Most of them are still leading their lives in welfare camps, and lack the normal living standard of a person. A large number of internally displaced persons from Jaffna are living in Thillaiyady, which is called “Little Jaffna”. These Internally Displaced Persons feel that, there is a discrimination between the Internally Displaced Persons from Jaffna and Mannar. They are frustrated about the long delay in distribution of services and goods.

The People’s Revival Front was inaugurated in order to fulfill the needs of the IDPs, who languish in the welfare camps for nearly two decades. They say that, they have been cheated by the politicians, and they want a political representation for the Internally Displaced Persons from Jaffna.

“Our people have lost many of their rights. We want to make a difference in their lives and restore their rights. We like to resettle them back in their own places and solve their hardships. These are the main reasons for us to start a new political party. Starting a new party was a long due, we must have started this party 10 or 15 years ago” says M. M. Kuthoos, the President of People’s Revival Front as a call for prayer was called in the evening.

There were 20,000 Muslims, who got evicted from Jaffna district in 1990. The number and the needs have doubled during nearly two decades. There are about 15,000 registered voters among the Jaffna Internally Displaced Persons in Puttlam.

The part of the trouble that has developed in Puttlam is between the IDPs and the host community, there aren’t enough jobs and resources for both.

“We are living with a lot of hardships in the welfare camps. There is no job opportunity, rations are not given at regular intervals. We receive the rations after four or five months” lamented S. H. Mansoor, who is running a small grocery shop adjoining his thatched house in Saltern 2 camp.

The members of the host community in Puttlam believe that, the beginning of a new party such as People’s Revival Front is a good move to meet the needs of the Internally Displaced Persons.

“When the minority political parties contest along with the majority political parties, there are injustices such as poll rigging” said S.R.M.Muzammil, the Chief Trustee of Puttlam Grand Mosque and a member of the host community as he relaxes and supervises in his coconut grove.

Internally Displaced Persons are hopeful that the People’s Revival Party will be able to solve their problems in the future. According to the President of the People’s Revival Front that, they are planning to register it in the near future.

Puttlam is situated on the coastal belt of North Western Province. According to a survey carried out by the District Secretariat of Puttlam, the total population of the district is 8,14,000. Sinhala population is 5,85,000, Muslim population is 1,49,000, and Tamil population is 80,000. There are currently 75,000 Internally Displaced Persons from Northern Province in Puttlam.

Audio in Tamil:Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai talks to Internally Diplaced Persons in Puttlam on their new effort:

[HumanityAshore.com]
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