Fifteen-year-old Prabodha Kalotuwawa is a girl born and bred in the rural village of Mahawilachchiya in Anuradhapura, which was the most ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Being born as the youngest daughter of farmer-parents who were not academically sound did not dampen Prabodha’s spirits to pursue education at an innovative supplementary educational institute, Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya which provided education free of charge to the children as her public school did not provide what she craved for, the English language, ICT and her pet area, the aesthetic education.
So, she joined the Horizon Academy, the educational arm of the Horizon Lanka Foundation (www.horizonlanka.org) at a tender age of 11 to cut her teeth in dancing, singing and music.
Prabodha showed her prowess as an artist by choreographing dancing to a range of music genre, nobody knows how she gets the perfect steps as she never had the opportunity to learn those genres herself from the professional teachers. But her talents are innate and she is a natural in any type of dancing, be it folk, classic, oriental, opera or sub continental. She has this ability of creating the steps according to the tune and the meaning of any type of songs from the local languages to subcontinental languages to western languages.
Present day Odisha (of Kalinga fame of Ashokan era) is rich in culture and tradition and has nurtured art in different forms, well depicted in its architecture, sculpture, dance, song, music and arts. Tracing back the cultural linkage of both Sri Lanka and Kalinga, she wants to learn dance, music and the culture of the ancient land. Prabodha’s dream is to become a professional singer, dancer, musician and an actress.
She hopes to start an arts academy to teach the young children who do not have access to professional aesthetic education someday. For this, she thinks having an all-round aesthetic education in Kalinga, India is the only way she could pursuit her dreams and she is determined to go the distance.
Prabodha wants to strengthen the aesthetic and cultural heritage between the two states to be harnessed to reinvent the 2500-year-old historical relationship between the two brotherly nations. When the adult political leaders are losing their heads on political quagmires, Prabodha believes that the children and the youth can become the ambassadors of peace and friendship if guided properly.