Music, his passion
Music washes away from the soulthe dust of everyday life - Berthold
Despite taking up music to please his parents, Keet Malin Sugathadasa,
16, soon developed a passion for the art. The grade 11 student of
S.Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, clinched a special award for obtaining
the highest distinction marks for music in theory from grade V up to
VIII in the music examination conducted by the Trinity College - London
Keet Malin Sugathadasa
He was presented with the Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Goonetileke Memorial
Prize, donated by Shanti Goonetilleke, by Director, Press and Cultural
Affairs of the Embassy of the United States of America, Jeffrey Anderson
at the prize awarding ceremony for 2008 Examinations at Bishop's College
auditorium, Colombo, on March 28.
"I found the questions easy and knew I'd obtain full marks for the
examination," the gifted lad who enjoys listening to Classical music and
Westlife songs. He said that more than 50 students had faced the
examination but none of them had been able to cut the highest grade.
Keet had passed five stages in the examination. He has three more
stages to go. His brother, Leet Milan, too had taken up the examination
some years back and had completed the task up to grade IV.
Apart from music he takes part in extra curricular activities like
swimming and badminton.
"I bagged third place in Art at school last year," Keet said adding
that he believes students should be encouraged to becoming all-rounders.
"Limiting yourself to books is unhealthy. You need diversity in your
routine and an opportunity to explore your hidden talents." His ambition
is to serve his country to the best of his ability in whatever
profession he chooses in the future. He is grateful to his class
teacher, P.H. Khema, his school and his parents, Rohitha Sugathadasa and
Mallika Sugathadasa for encouraging him on his path to success.
"I'm pleased with my achievement and my future goal is to top the
list at all island rank in the G.C.E. O/L Examination. I believe that I
can achieve a significant victory because I believe in the fact that if
a Thomian puts his heart into a task, he would be able to achieve it,"
he concluded with a smile.