Launch of a Children’s Musical CD - Community Spirit displayed hunger to uphold Traditional Sri Lankan Values for Children

Reported by – Manjula Wettasinghe, Organising Committee

In the evening of Sunday 18th September the auditorium at Marayong South Public School in Western Sydney was overwhelmed with Sri Lankans. Many were happy to stay standing outside the hall due to shortage of space inside.

This was to mark the launch of the first ever Sinhalese musical CD in Australia containing a poetic presentation of great advices to young children.

The event happened to be the brain child of Ven. Kovida, the chief incumbent of Australian Buddhist Vihara, Katoomba, NSW, who authored a booklet containing advices to young children in order to guide how to become “A Useful Person to the World”.

The booklet contained 125 short and simple poems which were very easy to be absorbed by young children. Due to the great response received to this booklet, Ven. Kovida has had a wish to see the poems in the booklet translated to a CD so that young children can absorb it even easier when listened and sang along.  This wish came true when Visharada Thushari Edirisinghe offered to help in composing music to suit and to train her music students to sing the poems for a CD.

Sydney Consul General Mr. Dayasiri Fernando and Consul Mr. Sarath Rupasiri were the chief guests of the occasion who received the first CDs in Australia from Ven. Kovida. The stage was decorated with the children who sang for the CD; Inuri, Manul, Peoly, Uma, Upeka, Kavi, Nuwin, Methila and Minuli who also presented a live performance of an assortment of poems from the CD. Sitting with them were their beloved music teacher Mrs. Thushari Edirisinghe and  Mr. Lalith Kalupahana who also helped the dream of making the CD a practical reality by volunteering to professionally record the voices and music.

Professor Amaradasa Liyanagamage and the popular science writer Mr. Athula Manchanayaka delivered valuable speeches explaining the significance of such a deed by Ven. Kovida and illustrated why it is relevant to the society today. Master of Ceremony Mr. Nishantha Jayakody steered the event smoothly to the end with his unique vocal talents. The event saw the finale with Mr. Mahinda Karunarathne thanking many volunteers who helped realise the occasion.

CDs were distributed among the participants free of charge, followed by plenty of refreshments provided by the organising team and their friends.

The event was a great success and witnessed a lot of Sri Lankans who believed their children are missing a great deal of valuable traditional Sri Lankan social ethics and cultural values while engaging in the modern rat-race in a so called “developed country”,  who happily rallied to show their support in this well-timed  occasion.

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