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.
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
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.
ended on Saturday midnight with a magnificent firework display.
Festival” is an event organized every other year in Jaffna.