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Jaffna Music Festival Thrills Northerners for Two Days

[2013-03-03 11:39:24]

Air around Jaffna was reverberated with drum beats and melodies, and the city gleamed with rays of colourful illuminations last two days when an international musical programme was staged for the entertainment of people of Jaffna.

Focusing the attention of international community on peace and liberty being enjoyed by the people of the North, many thousands from all corners of the Northern Province gathered to the Jaffna Municipal ground to witness the “Jaffna Music Festival 2013” which was organized by the Sewa Lanka Foundation with assistance of USAID and Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Musical celebrities from various countries including Norway, Brazil, Bangladesh, Palestine, India and Sri Lanka with their performances of folk and traditional music and dancing items day and night could thrill the audience. School students of Jaffna and many other areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces got opportunity to stage their skills before an international audience.

The inauguration ceremony held on the 1st of March morning was attended by Chief priests of four main religions, Hon. Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Mr. Douglas Devananda, Commander Security Forces – Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms Crete Lochen, Chairman of Sewa Lanka Foundation Mr. Harsha Kumara Navaratne and foreign diplomatic and other delegations.

The programme ended on Saturday midnight with a magnificent firework display.

“Jaffna Music Festival” is an event organized every other year in Jaffna.

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