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Thriloka’s launch of ‘Bisura’ is brought to you courtesy of ‘Arts that Matter’ (ATM), an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Sri Lankan artistic talent.

Thriloka: ‘Bisura’ album launch

Barefoot Cafe, 706 Galle Road, Colombo 3

Monday August 27th 2007, 7pm

Entrance by purchase of CD for Rs.500/-


Fusion music is getting a bad rep these days. Not only is it guaranteed to offend the musical purists, but it also tends to alienate mainstream audiences who can’t quite fit it into a neat category of entertainment. Sadly, more often than not, the music itself is to blame, since much contemporary fusion often sounds like a sambol of surface characteristics from randomly selected musical styles. Given this backdrop, it is all the more refreshing to hear a fusion band that approaches music-making with the pure intent of creating original art that does justice to its roots while resonating with today’s listeners.
‘Thriloka’ (lit. ‘three worlds’) is a band built on such principles. With all the band members (consisting of oriental drummer Pabalu Wijegoonawardane, jazz/classical pianist Eshantha Peiris, raga-to-rock guitarist Sarani Perera, jazz drummer Harshan Gallage, bassist Uvindu Perera and oriental percussionist Janaka Priyashantha) actively contributing to the band’s catalog of original compositions and arrangements, this melding of the musical cultures is in many ways representative of the band’s vision for globalization and cultural assimilation in the contemporary society.
Thriloka’s constant quest to fuse the best of all worlds is aptly reflected in the title of their new album: ‘Bisura: Realm of Higher Listening’. Having being active on the local music scene for almost a year, with a demo recording and several performances at ‘Jazz-Unlimited’ and Barefoot to their credit, ‘Bisura’ sees Thriloka coming into its own as a mystical voice that commands attention.
Come experience the many worlds of ‘Thriloka’ as they perform live at the album-launch of ‘Bisura: Realm of Higher Listening’, to be held at the Barefoot Café, 706 Galle Road, Colombo 3, on Monday 27th August at 7pm. Entrance by purchase of CD at gate for Rs. 500/-.

Portraits of Commitment

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.
photo by: Shaidul Alam

Why people become leaders in the AIDS response

Portraits of Commitment is by UNAIDS, photography by Shahidul Alam and text by Karen Emmons.

Challenges help us find our true selves. They take us on a journey within the depths of who we are, leaving us at a destination we hope is worthy. Some people find themselves at lesser places.

AIDS is one of those challenges.

To halt HIV’s impact on our society requires standing up to it—and not standing against certain groups of people. It requires compassion. It requires understanding. And it requires action. All individuals have a right to be aware and to make choices for themselves. But enabling those rights requires resources and leadership

The South Asians portrayed in this exhibition tell how AIDS has made them a better doctor, researcher, legislator, citizen or person. We know AIDS affects our daily life—but because of it we now have more respect for human rights and individual choice where once there was little or none. AIDS has helped us to see who we want to be.

The evocative portraits in this exhibition are by the celebrated Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam. These are combined with insightful interviews by the talented American writer Karen Emmons, in a book by the same title commissioned by the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum (APLF) on HIV/AIDS and Development of UNAIDS to identify and portray people in South Asia who have gone way beyond the line of duty to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs. In “Portraits of Commitment” the stories illustrate diverse forms of compassion and roles that leadership can take in confronting AIDS.

The above is part of the text written by Shaidul as an Intro to the exhibition that is currently on view at the Barefoot Gallery. The exhibition closes on Wednesday the 22nd.


To YATV and Sharmini Boyle for providing the projector, screen and player thereby making film night at Barefoot a gratis event.

Suggestions for future screening of films are gladly received.