Chiragh: The first South Asian Symphony Orchestra makes its debut
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Chiragh: The first South Asian Symphony Orchestra makes its debut

As the sun sets at the Attari-Wagah border between India and Pakistan, the two countries execute a quick parade. Every day, a border closing ceremony involves soldiers in full regalia from both sides marching in a choreographed demonstration that includes the highest kicks you have ever seen. Spectators applaud, but when tensions run high in … Continue reading

One musician’s struggle to save the distinctive culture of Sri Lanka’s Portuguese Burghers
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One musician’s struggle to save the distinctive culture of Sri Lanka’s Portuguese Burghers

Earl Barthelot loves a good Portuguese Burgher wedding. There is always feasting – keep an eye out for that wild pork curry – and singing and dancing. The women in their flowing, silken gowns, and the men, all trussed up in formal suits, mirror each other’s movements as they dance the Kaffringha, their quick steps … Continue reading

Sumudi Suraweera, Eshantha Joseph Peiris:
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Sumudi Suraweera, Eshantha Joseph Peiris:

With white sarongs draped around their waists and white turbans on their heads, two bare-chested traditional Sabaragamuwa dancers perform on stage. In the background is a contemporary jazz trio improvising music that echoes and weaves through the ritual chant. This is a juxtaposition not often seen in Sri Lanka, making the Baliphonics group compelling enough … Continue reading

Ravibandu Vidyapathi: In the Footsteps of his Father
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Ravibandu Vidyapathi: In the Footsteps of his Father

Ravibandu Vidyapathi dances alongside the ghost of his father. Their shadows follow the two dancers as they leap and twist and then fold into each other. A little later, when Somabandu Vidyapathi’s sketches are projected onto the large screen at the Punchi theatre, they fill the space with dancers dressed in glorious costumes, frozen as … Continue reading

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Olivia Newton John: Two Conversations with ONJ

She doesn’t like the words ‘bucket list’, considers allowing oneself negative thoughts a form of self-defeat and bristles at the implication that it’s time to retire ‘Let’s Get Physical’. “You think it stops now?” she asks, obviously enjoying putting a journalist on the spot. A few minutes later she says, “Someone told me in Sri … Continue reading