Sri Lankan identity on the sitar
Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL) will hold a lecture on "Sri
Lankan identity on the sitar" by Pradeep Ratnayake Senior Lecturer, Head
Department of Languages, Cultural Studies and Performing Arts,
University of Sri Jayawardenepura at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 26th September
at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha
The sitar originated in India and the classical Hindustani tradition
nurtured its development within its ragadhari framework. It was taken to
the west by Pandit Ravi Shankar, who with the help of western musicians
like George Harrison of the Beatles and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, turned it
into one of the most well known Indian instruments in the West.
Now it has been given another flavour by the closest island to India,
Sri Lanka, which has a folk tradition of music and drums as its
traditional music instruments.
This lecture will demonstrate how it was done, how the sound of Sri
Lankan folk melodies was created by the sitar by using innovative
techniques like the use of harmony (playing two notes at one time on the
sitar); by using non-traditonal accompanying instruments like the
Kandyan drum; by composing for the sitar outside the ragadhari tradition
and by using Sri Lankan folk melodies as the base of the compositions
and so on. The lecture will use video clips and performances on the
sitar to demonstrate its points.
All are welcome.