Diaspora Artiste ‘Voice for Peace & Fraternity’

Published : 9:00 am  February 17, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (665) reads | 

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?You are a soprano trained in Paris. But you don’t sing in operatic style

Yes, I’m graded a soprano, according to my voice and musical talents, and I’m trained to sing Western Classics. But I also like to sing French and Latin American Popular Classics. Because I don’t want to be a professional singer – opera or otherwise, I preferred to sing for a social cause and for pure pleasure. The two modern day tragedies in my country of birth also demanded my civic attention and my devotion as a vocalist: Post-Tsunami and Post- War situation of Children.

? you say, you sing “in Honour of Jaffna Children.” WHY Jaffna Children?

In 2005, immediately after Tsunami, I, as a child of fifteen, founded “Karoshee Trust Children” to offer HOPE to the traumatised post-Tsunami children of Koralawella, Moratuwa, in the South of Sri Lanka. This is also why I named my first three Charity Concerts HOPE 1, 2 and 3. After ten years of work in the South, KTC decided to move to the North. Why? For the most obvious reason: Today, Post-War Jaffna Children are Priority number one, for any sensitive person or organisation. It’s with the true ‘blessings’ of Jaffna Children that Peace and true ‘Reconciliation’ can be initiated.

How aptly highlights Thirukkural, the 2,000 years old TamilClassic poetry by Saint poet Thiruvalluvar: “For seven births, no evils near – If blessed with children faultless, dear. The loss of 40,000 innocent lives by Tsunami has unbearable, scarred memories. The same Tsunami hit the North of Sri Lanka, Wadamaaratchi, in particular. Although small KTC is already active in Wadamaaratchi. But simply, the number of persons with major physical injuries, thousands of lives lost and properties devastated – on all sides, by Thirty Years civil war is incomparable, and is the worst. Of them, again, the children and their mothers suffer most. If these deeply traumatised children of North and future mothers are not attended adequately and honoured their needs, early, it’s another irreparable tragedy that awaits future Sri Lanka. It’s not only

?You are residing and working in Canada. You consider yourself another Diaspora member

My answer is positive: yes, I’m a Sri Lankan Diaspora member; but I’m also another positive thinking member and one who is very conscious of one’s sacred, humanitarian duties. Yes, I’m also fully aware of the cheaply popularised but very negative opinion about the Diaspora, particularly, against the so-called Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora. But these antireconciliation opinion-makers themselves know that there are very significant segments, perhaps, the majority, of this diaspora that are neither extremists nor against Peace in Sri Lanka. One of the first issues that is wrong and unscientific is to ‘label’ these former citizens who were made to leave Sri Lanka under varying situations, as Tamil Diaspora, Sinhala Diaspora, Muslim Diaspora, Burgher Diaspora, etc.? Should one’s attachment to one’s religious, cultural, linguistic heritage be ill-considered to further racialise them, and victimise them, again? Secondly, shouldn’t all concerned citizens and their friends work together to use this historic moment in ethnic relations, to forge a common nationhood? Thirdly, isn’t it the responsibility of the present generation of Diaspora members to guarantee An Equal and Unified Sri Lanka for the future generations, and endow them with an embattled but a country of proud cultures?