Sithara Maduwanthi

Sithara Maduwanthi is the lead drummer of Thurya, an all-female drum ensemble that was formed under the auspices of the University of Visual and Performing Arts. In this interview with Women Talk, Sithara talks about the formative phase of Thurya as a drum ensemble, breaking into the traditionally male-dominated sphere of percussion music in Sri Lanka, how Thurya discovered the unique strengths and rhythms women’s bodies produced as drummers, and their performances and accolades as percussionists. Continue reading Sithara Maduwanthi

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Sulochana Dissanayake

Sulochana Dissanayake is the founder and artistic director of Power of Play. She is a multitalented performer, puppeteer, writer, trainer, and theatre director. She is also a theatre and economics major of Bates College, USA. In this interview, Sulochana begins by taking us through the magical journey that took her to USA, South Africa, and Indonesia to study the performing arts and puppetry. She also discusses her work at Power of Play, how her interactive performances are used for building a dialogue on social issues, and the need of securing the traditional arts through cultural sponsorship. Continue reading Sulochana Dissanayake