Contribute to Prabodha and Pramodhya’s Tour to Odisha, India to Perform at the Mystic Kalinga Music Festival

Contribute to Prabodha and Pramodhya’s Tour to Odisha, India to Perform at the Mystic Kalinga Music Festival


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. 

Prabodha Kalotuwawa
Prabodha Kalotuwawa
Pramodhya Gunarathna

This friendship has resulted in Prakash granting benefits to the students of Horizon Lanka Foundation during the last couple of years.

  1. 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/.
  • 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’s dance for Madonna’s song “Frozen.
Pramodhya’s dance for Shreya Ghoshal’s “Barso Re Megha Megha”

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 nanda@horizonlanka.org 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 nanda@horizonlanka.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.

All the Western dance items below were co-choreographed by Probodha and Mr. Chandler Meek-Owens, the volunteer from the USA.

62. Prince Leonard – India

Prince Leonard, India

Prince Leonard, India

I am very excited to be here as the 63rd volunteer at Horizon Lanka. Volunteering in Sri Lanka has always been a goal of mine since it’s my neighbor country and I have been longing for many years to travel to Sri Lanka. Even though I have traveled to many countries for work or sightseeing purposes, this is my first trip to Sri Lanka. Volunteering in Sri Lanka fills me with a sense of purpose and I will do everything I can for the Sri Lankan people.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka so far has been a wonderful experience and I am hoping to continue my volunteer work here in Horizon Lanka beyond my original plan of one month for a longer term. It’s an honor to meet Nanda Wanninayaka, the founder and CEO of Horizon Lanka. He is a friendly and easy going person that gives all volunteers many opportunities to teach English to the students, ages ranging from 7-16 years of age. The students are more eager to learn English and computers from the volunteers who come from around the world to teach them. It is a wonderful opportunity for the students to meet different nationalities and practice communicating in English.

I teach English and Tamil in Gamini Vidyalaya public school mornings from Monday to Friday. In the afternoon I teach English to the students in Horizon. On Saturday and half of Sunday I also teach. I have a great time with the Gamini School students because they are very eager to learn English and Tamil from me. I see that the Gamini School students show great respect to the teacher by kneeling down at the feet of the teachers, worshipping the teachers like they worship god or the Buddha. This is respect to the teachers is shown by students all over Sri Lanka. (In Sri Lanka, teachers are treated just next to gods.) This was a new experience for me and to see their humbleness and respect to the teachers made me feel good.

It’s nice for me to spend time with lots of volunteers from all over the world and share valuable experiences with them here. It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with Wasantha, a consultant for Horizon Lanka. When I first arrived, I stayed with Nanda for a while until I got a homestay with a host family.  I stayed with them for many days and then moved back into Nanda’s house. I hope to get another host family soon.

In my opinion this is a worthwhile experience and anyone who is longing to teach English to students in any part of Asia is most welcome in Sri Lanka. Volunteering here is an unforgettable experience that greatly benefits the students’ knowledge of English as well their intercultural awareness. While I am here in Horizon Lanka, have visited some of the fascinating places nearby with the other volunteers and had great fun. I met a lot of great people like Nagy from Egypt, Costi from Italy, Cristina from Spain, Lea from Switzerland and Irina from Russia. We hope to meet more volunteers in the coming days, too. Volunteering in Sri Lanka feels really good and the energy of the students gives me energy to continue to teach English. I don’t ever get tired of teaching them and at the end of the day I go to sleep thinking about the activities and lessons I want to impart tomorrow. These are just some of the reasons I have chosen to travel to Sri Lanka as my volunteer destination and I hope you too choose Sri Lanka as your volunteering destination.

So, this was my awesome and wonderful experience by volunteering in Sri Lanka. I hope you too can enjoy this privilege one day.

Prince Leonard, India

With Horizon Lanka students
With Horizon Lanka students

With Horizon Lanka students
With Horizon Lanka students

With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka
With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka

With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka
With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka

With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka
With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka

With Horizon Lanka students at Horizon Lanka
With Nanda Wanninayaka at Horizon Lanka

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With the students of Gamini Public School
With the students of Gamini Public School

With Cristina
With Cristina

With Cristina and Rajitha in Tantirimale
With Cristina and Rajitha in Tantirimale

With Cristina and Rajitha in Tantirimale
With Cristina and Rajitha in Tantirimale

With Lea and Dhananjaya
With Lea and Dhananjaya

With Horizon Lanka staff
With Horizon Lanka staff

With Lea and Dhananjaya
With Lea and Dhananjaya

With my host's son, Surendra
With my host’s son, Surendra

With my host's family
With my host’s family

With my host's family and Horizon Lanka staff
With my host’s family and Horizon Lanka staff

My First Ever Overseas Trip – Trip to New Delhi, India

My First Ever Overseas Trip – Trip to New Delhi, India

Meer Ali Muhammad is from India. He came to Sri Lanka in August, 2016. He volunteered at Horizon Lanka. He is a very friendly and kindhearted person. He stayed at my home. He was a part of our family during his stay at my home. He is very fond of drinking coconuts. We drank coconuts with him in Nimesh’s grandmother’s coconut garden. Meer planned a motor bicycle trip to Nuwara Eliya with Mr. Nanda. They visited tea gardens and temples there. Next they went to Yala Wildlife Park in Hambantota. It was a good exposure trip for Meer.

When he was about to leave the Mahawilachchiya he asked me to get a passport. He wanted me to take me a short trip to India. At first, I thought he was joking. But he was not.

I went to India with Sanduni and Miss Anupama who went there for another official Horizon Lanka tour. It was the first time we went overseas. We went to New Delhi, India. We met with Meer Bhai. He took me to a nice three-star hotel.

I was lucky to visit famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India with Meer. It was like Alice in the Wonderland experience to me, a dream walk in the moon. We all want Mr. Meer to come back to our village to spend some more time with us. We love to see his friends and family stay with us in our home. Thank you very much Meer. We will see each other soon in India or Sri Lanka, Inshallah………

Surendra Heshan Karunathilaka surendra@horizonlanka.org

with Sanduni and Miss Anupama
with Sanduni and Miss Anupama

 

With our parents at Galle Face, Colombo
With our parents at Galle Face, Colombo

 

Colombo Airport,Sri Lanka
Colombo Airport,Sri Lanka

 

At Taj Mahal in,India
At Taj Mahal in,India

At Taj Mahal in,India
At Taj Mahal in,India

  

Meer Ali, my friend
Meer Ali, my friend

With Meer Ali
With Meer Ali