Nanda Wanninayaka, the Chairman of Horizon Lanka Foundation.
Prakash Chandra Nayak from Odisha, India became a friend of mine over a decade ago. Our friendship was strengthened once we discovered that Odisha (Ancient name Kalinga) and Sri Lanka have a historical link which runs back 2,500 years.
This friendship has resulted in Prakash granting benefits to the students of Horizon Lanka Foundation during the last couple of years.
- Prakash arranged a fully funded trip for a female student,
Shanika Sudarshanage to make a presentation at an event held in New Delhi, India on November 30, 2014. Please read the teenage student Shanika’s tour report at http://www.horizonlanka.org/en/blog/2014/11/21/tour-india-take-part-international-toilet-day-festival-shanika-ishanthi-sudarshanage/.
- On September 21, 2016, another teenage girl, Sanduni Jayathilaka was sponsored through Prakash’s contacts to attend a similar event in New Delhi, India. Sanduni did a presentation at the event. See her story at http://www.horizonlanka.org/en/blog/2016/09/30/trip-new-delhi-india-presentation-sanitation/
- In 2017, another teenage girl, Tharushika Rathnayaka was invited to make a similar presentation in Cape Town, South Africa. Even though the trip was fully funded. Unfortunately, due to a problem of obtaining visa approval on time resulted in a last-minute cancellation of her tour.
Having seen our YouTube Channel for aesthetic expressions, Horizon Extravaganza, Prakash invited two of our best teenage girls, Prabodha Kalotuwawa and Pramodhya Gunarathna, who are extremely good at singing and dancing to grace the Mystic Kalinga Music Festival in Odisha, India to be held on January 5, 6, in 2019, where performers from each Indian State gather to perform. To get an invitation to such a big event itself is a privilege. Since the tour was arranged in a hurry, Prakash will not be able to get the organizers to cover the expenses for flight tickets this time, however, the rest of the expenses would be taken care of during the event.
Prabodha and Pramodhya will be performing one Sri Lankan traditional dance, will sing one Odia language duet together and a Hindi dance at the event. They have already completed the training for these singing & dancing acts and will upload these video clips to this page in a few days.
This is a humble request & appeal to everyone who follows activities of Horizon Lanka to contribute financially to the travel expenses, to make it possible for these two young girls to partake in this festival. We have already received some donations from a few donors. Every single contribution however small will be much appreciated. Please contact me at email@example.com on how to make a contribution. Once the event is over, I will send a detailed report on how your hard-earned money was spent.
Prakash has already made arrangements for both these girls to study at a university in Odisha, India once the two girls complete their high school (Advanced Level.) examinations. Prabodha & Pramodhya are 15 & 14 years old respectively. A private school in Anuradhapura has offered tuition-free education at the school for both girls beginning January 2019, for their ‘Advanced Level’ examinations in the English medium as part of preparing the two girls for an English language education at an Indian university. If any of you kindly wish to contact Prakash, just send me an email through firstname.lastname@example.org and I will connect you with him.
Till that see their performances with other students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya at the “Rainbow of Cultures – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016” held in November, 2016. Prabodha was 13 and Pramodhya was 12 when this show was staged.
Prabodha choreographed all the dance items here herself, sometimes taking some steps from the original music videos or creating her own in most cases. Each dance item was videoed from three video cameras and we will edit this soon and have one edition from each item.
- Welcome Dance
- Ran Pokunen
- Dethata Walalu
- Barso Re Megha Megha
- Taal Se Taal
- Surangana Wes Wala
All the Western dance items below were co-choreographed by Probodha and Mr. Chandler Meek-Owens, the volunteer from the USA.
- Mr. Boombastic
- Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny
- Livin La Vida Loca
- Waka Waka
- Gangnam Style