The Core consists of five jazz musicians who, through Concerts Norway, did a South Asia tour during 2005-2006. During the tour, playing in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, the Core played with three Indian musicians with whom they collaborated to make the 2007 ‘Indian Core’ band and album. They also extensively toured in Norway and at various music festivals. According to the critics the tour which featured fusion of the Indian influence with the Core was an experience above and beyond the ordinary, a beautiful interaction between saxophone, flute and sitar, and double bass, piano and tablas.

The band plays an East meets West mix of contemporary jazz and traditional Indian music.

The Indian Core will be touring Sri Lanka between December 18th-20th coming directly from Nepal and going to India after the Sri Lankan tour. They will conduct a free workshop for music students of all ages in Colombo and hold two free concerts in Colombo and Kandy. The Indian Core is brought down by the Royal Norwegian Embassy through Concerts Norway and Sewalanka Foundation as part of a music cooperation project aimed at cultural exchange between Norway and Sri Lanka.

Prasenjit Mitra – (tablas), Fateh Ali – (sitar), Espen Aalberg – (drums), Erlend Slettevoll – (piano), Jorgen Mathisen (sax), Kristi Huke (vocals), Steinar Raknes – (bass)

The Nature of Sri Lanka: An exhibtion of photographs

Luxshman Nadaraja has been a wildlife and nature photographer for over 25 years. He is based in Sri Lanka and loves the jungles. His book of photography The Nature of Sri Lanka was published in 2008. He collaborated with Studio times on the books Eloquence in Stone and Serendib to Sri Lanka. His photographs appear in the recent publication Gardens of Lanka.

For Mo.

Music and song were at the fore
Watching, waiting for the right time
to score. As was escape, mainly to
explore. The mind transcends
but, always Here. Listening, right
to the end. Now, no more.

Paintings hung. Lighting fixed. Mo: No more.
Yet, he left a legacy and taught
generously. We will continue to uphold
the privy lessons – So obviously
zen like in the manifestation – Beautiful
and precise. Behold! A delight.

Art transformed in the Gallery delight.
Jaytissa and Chandrasekera bathed in
glorious light. Mohan dictates, A bow
he takes. The end results in a gasp
of wonder. Applause. Sometimes, rain and thunder
Opening night: guests mingle, drinks sprinkle, music jazz jingles.

Many teachers had he, the three M’s danced a jingle
Mike, Mahen, and Manik. Finally, Druvi.
(Quite the shaman guiding from Minali)
Ships sailed to distant shores, adventures.
Experienced Hendrix and then some
Traversed the world mindfully done

Home south to manage a hotel well done!
With wife and a child to be.
Successfully run, all had fun
Then came the JVP
Problems arose, the hotel closed
Back to Colombo, five aunts and he.

Met at Dom’s in 1991. A gentleman was he
Gave me a pipe. Then Topy died
and Jerome sang, praise be!
And (a fool on the hill)
706 emerged, behind Barefoot, luckily.
Space to see, with music and art and hilarity.

Mo was instrumental in running the gallery
A giver, a lover, a rarity
A giver, a lover, a rarity.