In the hill country of Sri Lanka, where the lush greenery of Kandy blends with the soul-stirring rhythms of the cascading Mahaweli, another musical extravaganza awaits unfolding. Prepare to be swept away by a musical feast like no other, as the Oriental Music Society [ OMS ] of Trinity College presents “Theevra” – a celebration of melody and music. This most anticipated event is scheduled to take place on the 9th of September at the National Institute of Co-operative Development (NICD) Polgolla, promising an unforgettable evening of musical fusion.
“Theevra,” the Sinhala equivalent to “Intense”, encapsulates the essence of what this musical show aspires to convey. Music, often referred to as the universal language of mankind, transcends boundaries and divisions and brings people together in ways words fail to do so. Theevra is poised to be a testament to this idea, showcasing an assortment of Sinhala songs from diverse genres and from different eras. As the moon rises over the sacred city of Kandy, and the chilly winds tenderly embrace the audiences, they will be captured on a mesmerizing journey of 2 hours, resonating with the rich musical tones of Sri Lanka.
Organized by the Oriental Music Society founded nearly 4 decades ago, and one of the most active societies at Trinity College, this event is a culmination of dedication, passion, and musical enthusiasm of the closely united Trinity community. The association’s commitment to preserving and propagating the cultural legacy of Sinhala music in the College is commendable, and Theevra stands as a testament to their unwavering dedication. The students of the OMS will take to stage, pouring their souls into each note and lyric, creating a captivating atmosphere.
Behind every performance lies hours of dedication and hard work. The singers and musicians have been meticulously trained and choreographed by the dedicated tutorial staff of Trinity College, Kandy. Their guidance ensures that every raga, thaala and swara rata is executed with precision, synchronizing with the audience heart beats.
The lineup for Theevra will be spectacular. Two distinguished guest artists, Umara Sinhawansa and Mihindu Ariyaratne, will grace the stage with their unparalleled contributions that will elevate the show to a different level. Their voices blending with the melodies of the students of Trinity College, will create memories that will linger in the hearts of the audiences long after the curtains fall. These artists not only add star power to the event but also exemplify the unifying ability of music across generations.
An essential component of Theevra’s success is the collaboration with the Old Trinitian Oriental Music Association [OTOMA], an alliance that connects the present students with the past pupils of Trinity. This affiliation emphasizes the continuity of musical traditions of the College, and the passing down of creativity from one generation to the next. It’s a reminder that music is a thread that weaves together different eras, creating a tapestry that tells the story of the Trinity ethos, which is nothing short of service and care for their own.
The guarantee of Theevra goes beyond mere entertainment; it is a soul-stirring, therapeutic experience that aims to touch the very core of the audience’ emotions. Going a step further, Theevra is the voice of the unwavering interconnectedness of the Trinity community. The blend of musical genres, the fusion of voices, the convergence of talent and the merger of resources is set to create an atmosphere that is nothing but astounding.
As the curtains rise on September 9th, the stage will be set for a musical journey that promises to be intense, inspiring, and impressive for the hill country audiences. Be there to witness the raw talent of Trinity College’s young musical maestros.
By – Lalanthi Rajapakse