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The Music Circle of Ananda College inaugurated its annual musical competition ‘Vocalize’ for the fourth consecutive time. The first round was held at Kularatne Hall on June 3 from 9 am to 4 pm. It was graced by a panel of judges that included Nadeeka Guruge, Heshan Gamage, Jananath Warakagoda, and Kanchana Jayasinghe, as well as participants from several schools island-wide.

As with its previous installations, ‘Vocalize Generation 4’ is divided into two categories, solo and choir. Three schools were shortlisted under the latter category – Nalanda College, St Benedict’s College, and Alethea International – while 18 participants were shortlisted under the solo category. The second round will be held in August, which will in turn precede the annual musical fiesta organised by the Music Circle, ‘Rhythm of the Maroons’, set to be held towards the end of the year.

‘Vocalize’ can be considered as one of Sri Lanka’s premier school-based musical competitions, with all three of those who reached the top in its previous installations – Dhanushka Chandimal, Janith Iddamalgoda, and Piyath Rajapaksha – making a mark for themselves in top-notch reality TV shows and in turn the musical sphere of the country.

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