Literary Award-winning lyricist Mr. Nayanasena Wanninayake held a song appreciation session with the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya on May 27, 2016. The program named “Watamaluwa” (වටමළුව) was held through Skype technology. Mr. Wanninayake from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) connected with the students in Mahawilachchiya through Skype. Mr. Nayanasena Wanninayake is the elder brother of Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka Foundation. The latter was available at the program as the anchor.
The song selected for the first program, Lenchina Mage Nangiye (ලෙංචිනා මගෙ නංගියේ) was sung by veteran singer Sunil Edirisinghe and written by another veteran lyricist Rathna Sri Wijesinghe and music was composed by equally veteran musician Rohana Weerasinghe.
We expect to continue this program in the future as this pilot was very successful and the students enjoyed it a lot. This is encouraging given the current sorry state of meaningful music due to unprofessional artists engaged in the music industry. The response from these teenage students for the program was overwhelming.