Two Sri Lankan Artists will come together to perform at the Bishops’ College Auditorium on May 28 from 7.00 pm onwards to energize and galvanize percussion, music and dance with an electrifying difference!
Veterans Rakitha Wickramaratne and Chandana Wickramasinghe are renowned-professional artistes, acclaimed and applauded locally and internationally for producing and staging novel recitals and concerts.
Both artistes have exploited their obsession for rhythm from toddler days and achieved outstanding triumph.
Passion for novelty
Percussionist Rakitha Ruwan Wikramaratne is the founder and leader of NAADRO – A percussion ensemble formed with a group of young professional talented -percussion artists within Sri Lanka.
Rakitha, a student of Royal College Colombo, began his percussion debut with traditional Sri Lankan drumming under the expert and proficient guidance of Maestro Piyasaara Shilpadhipathi. Having a passion for novelty, he went ahead experimenting rhythm with traditions and cultures around the world pacing with modern beat. Some of his favourite tempo includes Indian, Arabic, African, Japanese and Latino percussion.
Rakitha is the first Sri Lankan to introduce stimulating sounds and exciting rhythm with non-musical instruments and termed this creative cadence “sound making”.Very quickly this pulsating “sound making” performance by NAADRO caught recognition and trapped reputed international and local corporate clients paving the way to expand into commercials with leading brands LP –USA, Gibraltar – USA, KIK-Sri Lanka, REMO-USA, Sennheiser-Germany.
Dance Choreographer Chandana Wickramasinghe, an acclaimed dancer and founder of Dancers’ Guild, has bagged many local and international awards for outstanding choreography, rhythm, style and character. Though a traditionally trained Kandyan dancer, Chandana has brought in innovations to the dance form, integrating it with modern beats, a bit of folk and a combination of classical and traditional interventions. Besides dancing, Chandana also has a secret yearning for films and choreography.
In 1999, Chandana Wickramasinghe and the Dancers’ Guild was established and today with a troupe of almost 40 professional dancers train over 4,000 students within Sri Lanka. The schools groom dancers’ from the age of 4 years and are located in Colombo, Galle, Kiribathgoda, Gampaha, Kegalle, Maharagama and Kandy. The troupe has travelled to a 70 countries and performed before multi -diverse audiences in the cities of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Canada and Australia, and received great admiration for their unique style and exquisite dance rhythm.