Jaffna Music Festival: A Celebration of Musical Expressions

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Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Jaffna Music Festival brought in a bursting combination of vibrant music, colour and culture. The second Jaffna Music Festival was recently held at the Jaffna Municipal grounds.

A rare treat for festival audience ~ Pushparani (Thavil) and Rajeswary (Naathaswaram) playing at Jaffna Music Festival

Local and international musical groups performed at the Jaffna Music Festival. This year’s music festival included contemporary music, classical music and folk music.

Jaffna Music Festival has provided the much needed meeting place for local and international artistes to share, exchange, fuse and interact with each other. Also, artistes and audience had an opportunity to experience and interact, and were introduced to a diverse array of musical genres. Recently revived northern folk groups from Mulliyawalai in Mullaithivu District had an opportunity to showcase their unique heritage.

The Jaffna Music Festival 2013 was organized by Sewalanka in collaboration with Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway) and Aru Sri Art Theatre and was funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Traditional welcoming wooden arch at the main entrance

Traditional welcome at the festival

Magnificent sunset in Jaffna

At the man entrance of the venue

Parai Mela Kooththu (Mulliyawalai, Mullaithivu District, Sri Lanka)

Festival goer got captivated by the beats of Mulliyawalai drummers

Festive and fervour around the venue

Blessed Parai drum from Vattraappalai, Mullaithivu District

Behind the Scene: Bangladesh dancer Sudeshna Swayamprabha getting ready to perform at Jaffna Music Festival

“Thavil” and “Naathaswaram” players for the inuguration

Jaffna Mayoress Yogeswary patkunarajah, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Douglas Devananda, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and Northern Province Governor G.A.Chandrsri are being traditional welcomed to the Jaffna Music Festival

Scene at the inauguration of Jaffna Music Festival

Dignitaries at the opening ceremony

School children attending the inauguration

Security tightened during the inauguration

Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Douglas Devananda and Northern Province Governor G.A.Chandrsri at the inauguration of Jaffna Music Festival

Clergymen at the inauguration

Commando on duty during the inauguration

Strong winds prevented the flames from flickering

James F. Bednar, Mission Director, USAID and Tammie Harris, Country Director, USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives

“Vezham Paduththa Veerankanai (Mulliyawalai, Mullaithivu District, Sri Lanka

Sprinkling water at the venue

Mother and Daughter ~ Manipuri dance by Nritya Nandan (Sharmila Banerjee (Mother) and Sudeshna Swayamprabha (Daughter)) (Bangladesh)

Camphor in claypot during a folk music and dance performnace

Sabreen Association (Palestine)

Festival goers at dusk

Chirkutt (Bangladesh)

Traditions meet

Oil lamp to decorate the festival

Ranwala Brigade (Sri Lanka)

Students of Sivananda Vidyalayam from Batticaloa performing “Villuppaatu” at Children’s Corner

Festival goers at night

Collaborative Dance Performance (Nirtya Nandan (Bangladesh), Hat Trick and Fiddle (Norway) and Aru Sri Art Theatre (Sri Lanka))

School kids at the inauguration

Pakkeer Baith (Amapara, Sri Lanka)

Casa Murilo (Norway)

Festival at midnight

Golden sunset reflects on Pannai Causeway water

Phoolan Devi Opera (Sri Lanka)

Ila Arun Troupe (India)

Naadro (SriLanka)

Pappiravaahan Kooththu (Chulipram,Jaffna,Sri Lanka)

Festival flags to flatter with strong winds

Lights around the venue

Audience dancing at Jaffna Music Festival

Harmonia Do Brasil

Ritual songs of Batticaloa

Marai Kaththa Maaveerar (Paasaiyoor, Jaffna, Sri Lanka)

Traditional decorations at Yarl Food restaurant at the festival site

Crows on wire at dusk

Beautiful sunset over Pannai Causeway in Jaffna

Fringe Event ~ Naattukkooththu performed by the children from Mannar at children’s corner

Festival view at night

Jaffna’s popular “Rio Ice Cream” to quench thirst during the festival

Courtesy: Passion Parade