73rd Independence Day of India celebrations in Sri Lanka | Sunday Observer

73rd Independence Day of India celebrations in Sri Lanka

Pandit Shiv Kumar  Sharma and his troupe of musicians in performance at the cultural evening
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and his troupe of musicians in performance at the cultural evening

A mega musical evening ‘Strings of Harmony’ – a Santoor Jugal bandi featuring legendary maestros from India, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pandit Rahul Sharma, enthralled the music lovers of Colombo at the BMICH on August 15 at a cultural evening presented by the High Commission of India to celebrate the 73 Independence Day of India.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and his son Pandit Rahul Sharma, hailing from a family of musicians from Kashmir are two maestros on Santoor and were accompanied by eminent musicians Barkha Sharma, Bhawani Prasad Kathak, Yogesh Ratnakar Samsi on Tanpura, Tabla and Pakhawaj.More than 1500 guests attended the cultural event.

Santoorthe 100 stringed unique folk instrument from the valley of Kashmir owes its classical status to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the legendary maestro has created a new genre of instrumental music with his creative genius through his performance career of over half a century. He has been bestowed with a long list of National and International awards including Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award from Govt. of India. Apart from the classical music Pt Sharma has also composed music for blockbuster Bollywood films like Silsila, Chandni, Lamhe, Darr etc. which are all time favorites across the globe.

Speaker Karu Jaysuriya, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, presided over the function. Ministers Rauff Hakeem, Ravi Karunanayake, Palani Digambaram, Daya Gamage, Deputy MinisterAnoma Gamage, State Minister V. Radhakrishan, Governor , Northern Province Suren Raghavan and many other dignitaries attended the event.

An exhibition titled “Weaves and stitches of India: the Saree Sutra”- showcasing the unity in diversity through textiles and weaves from different States of India was also showcased at BMICH and was greatly appreciated by the audience.

The celebration of the 73rd Independence Day of India in Sri Lanka began early in the morning with a flag hoisting ceremony held at India House, the official residence of the High Commissioner of India. The event was open to public and large numbers of members of Indian participated in the event.

High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu read out the address of the President of India to the nation and also addressed the gathering. In his address he reiterated India’s solidarity with Sri Lanka against all forces of terrorism. The address was followed by a brief cultural programme which showcased folk and classical performances from various regions of India.