2019 USA Tour of Chandani HettiarachchiSeptember 28th Saturday 2019 at 6:30 PM
Athula Adikari - Chandani Hettiarachchi - Sanjeewani Weerasinghe - Ranil Mallawaarachchi with C&C Live Band at Albert Einstein High School
Naataka GeeAugust 17th Saturday 2019 at 6:00 PM
Bandula, Nishshanka, Manike, Ravindra, Ferni ~ Present by Ranga Kala Kawaya.
Deweni Inima - (Live in Concert)March 16th Saturday 2019 at 7:00 PM
Raveen, Keshan, Kanishka, Shalani. ~ Present by Ranga Kala Kawaya. Northwestern High School Auditorium
Flashback Family Night- (Live in Concert)September 22th Saturday 2018 at 7:30 PM
Flashback, Jaya Sri bros, Corrin de Almeida. ~ Present by Ranga Kala Kawaya. Gaithersburg Hilton
Susara GeeApril 28th Saturday 2018 at 7:00 PM
Dr. Victor Rathnayake, Visharada Sunil Edirisinghe, T.M.Jayaratna & Music director by Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe & group - John F. Kennedy High School, 1901 Randolph Rd, Glenmont, MD 20902.
SIHINAMarch 3rd Saturday 2018 at 7:00 PM
Kasun Kalhara And Kushani Sandareka With Anthony Serendra & Shakthi Band - At Bethesda Chevy Chase Hs.
PrathibaNovember 25th Saturday 2017 at 7:00 PM
Music by Serendib USA – at Sanctuary hall rockville united church 355 Linthicum St, Rockville, MD 20851.
Chathu Madura GeeSeptember 2017 9th Saturday at 6:30 PM
Sanath & Malkanthi Nandasiri ~ Dayarathna & Amara Ranathunga. ~ Present by Ranga Kala Kawaya. Albert Einstein High School - 11135 New Port Mill Road, Kensington, MD 20895
Sihinayaki Re (Television Program)June 2017 10th Saturday at 3:00 PM
Srilankan Embassy 3025 Whitehaven St Washignton DC 20008.
MarambariSeptember 2016 24th Saturday at 7:30
Edward Jayakodi - Charitha Priyadharshani. Ranga kala kawaya - Sponsored by Qatar Airways. John F. Kennedy High School (Montgomery County, Maryland) 1901 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland 20902
Navam GeeFebruary 20, 2016
Nirosha Virajini - Senanayaka Weraliyadda. John F. Kennedy High School - 1901, Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD, 20906
Sihina - Promotional Video - Kasun Kalhara And Kushani Sandareka With Anthony Serendra & Shakthi Band
Our part of the story of cultureDear friends,
Mahathma Gandhi once said “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” He also said, “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.” His message for the independent India was loud and clear, that says…“hold the ground while learning from others.” In that case, one does not have to exchange one’s own culture, as a prerequisite for the acquisition of knowledge.
In the midst of twenty first century advanced communication technology, knowledge has been transferred from one culture to another freely and quickly, so is culture. There was a time that knowledge was presented and distributed through few western languages, where the possession of a western language was signified to the possession of knowledge in those days. The same thing happens today without having this linkage between knowledge and symbolic representation. Unlike in the past, currently the futuristic knowledge is not only flowing from west to east, but also roles in the opposite direction as well. In such a global scenario, old school’s symbolic representation of modern progress, such as western attire, has lost its romantic social currency. The one-way traffic of the knowledge has become a cul-de-sac, an antique of the past, so is its symbolic representation.
In this postmodern era of globalism, everything that happens in Sri Lanka can be transmitted to the Sri Lankan diaspora living around the globe in real time. Under this condition, your cultural space has become portable and mobile. Therefore what Gandhi said, “blowing your feet off by external cultural winds” also can be irrelevant part of antiquity for current context of socio and cultural relations. Today, cultural freedom has become an individual choice.
That is only one side of the story of culture.
‘Culture’ can be a conflicting and confusing cliché if we are not properly informed about the subtleties as well as politics behind modern cultural discourse. Mahathma Gandhi’s above two different quotations inform us about the value of understanding the mechanisms and apparatus of this slippery terrain of culture in post Columbian, postcolonial modern era we live in. Cultural diversity makes the world more beautiful but perpetual thrust of the monoculture of modernity very often goes against diversity.
However in this late stage of modernity with the advancement of high-speed flow of information between cultures, it is clear that one does not need to go to Rome to become Roman anymore. When the exchange of information comes with labels such as modernity, civilization, progress and knowledge, and when they are coming in the forms of visual symbols such as clothing, food and different forms of arts and artifacts, not only outlook of societies would change, but also their appearance can be transformed. So giving up your own things and embracing things from without, has been identified as progressive. Does this apparently innocent cultural affair sound political? It is certainly a moot point for all of us to think in depth and argue about.
That is another part of the story of culture.
The frequent questions that we are being asked by many Sri Lankans living in USA are consistent and would be a better entree for our subject matter. They ask if the “Kala Kavaya” is another “Sindu Kade.” They also ask what does SLRKK do to our community other than organizing musical shows? If we ever to be members of it, what benefit do we have? Isn’t that SLRKK also selling a cultural product in USA for profit like any others?
First of all I must stress the fact that Sri Lanka Ranga Kala Kavaya is not at all another “Sindu Kade.” SLRKK is a nonprofit organization with a community obligation, and a sacred obligation to our motherland.
In a way of addressing above questions, I would like to bring your attention to our slogan. Our slogan “culture is our business, patriotism is our profit” tells it all dear friends. We bring your culture to your doorstep, anticipating you to embrace it, recollect it, remember and respect it. Above all, we strive to extend your adoration back to the soil that gave birth to your beloved culture. Through creating such a cultural space, we make a strong bond between you and our motherland. That is our business, and your adornment of Sri Lankan culture is our profit. Unlike other organizations, our aim is not to secure a monetary gain profiting your cultural yearning, but to strengthen such longing to make-up your mind to help our motherland in these most difficult times of our history.
In that sense one can say that our purpose sounds having a subtle political clout in it. Of course that may be true. Culture has been a political affair since time immemorial. Greeks used culture in politics and colonization; subsequently Alexander the great went on to colonize even a greater part of India. That is the reason why we have been able to find Buddhist archaeological remains of Gandhara period clearly reminiscent to that of Greek culture. Then Romans followed suit creating entire Europe a greater entity belonging to Romanesque culture. Julius Cesar was a contemporary of Dutugamunu and they hailed from two different cultures. But history tells us that these two different men used culture in two different ways, one in expansionism and the other in liberationism.
As an island nation located on the ancient maritime Silk Road, Sri Lankans are not new to external cultural influences. But however, as the cultural identity of Sri Lanka is unique, it has developed some resilient mechanisms to preserve their core values under all odds. To say, although culture is one of the most fluid and constantly changing concepts of humanity, strangely enough, Sri Lankan culture seems to be having some solid properties that are immune to external influence exemplifying and preserving the uniqueness of the identity of her people. These resilient and solid cultural properties had stayed alive among Sri Lankans who lived in USA when SLRKK was formed for the expatriate community. Our intention is to preserve and sustain those values and qualities to keep all our children affectionately connected to their motherland Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Ranga Kala Kavaya must exist forever to serve our motherland in such a manner to keep the Sri Lankan diaspora to represent Sri Lanka as her ambassadors in every nook and corner of USA.
That is exactly our part of the story of culture.
Dear friends, on behalf of SLRKK, I thank you for taking time to come here, and supporting us in this 25th anniversary celebrations of our organization. We sincerely appreciate your unwavering support, encouragement and contributions over the last three decades, and helping us to develop and sustain this organization for a quarter century. I also would like to thank all former office bearers and members of SLRKK for their outstanding service for all achievements of Sri Lanka Ranga Kala Kavaya over the past 25 years. I hope you will continue to support us in our future endeavors and will be with us for many more years to come.
May the triple gem, Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha bless you!
God bless you!
Thank you, Geethanjana Kudaligamage