The Rhythm of Baila – A Taste of Sri Lankan Music

This is the second radio documentary I produced as a part of my final project. Just like the tsunami documentary I produced, I wanted to do something different to bring out the music and culture of Sri Lanka. The structure of this documentary is very unconventional, instead of me explaining what the music is, I made it in a way that the musicians tell the story of the Sri Lankan music industry in their voice and have their music illustrate the piece. Hope you enjoy the beats of Sri Lanka.

Music Credits:
Baila Gamuda Remix Karala – Bathiya & Santhush (Sara Sihina 2010)
Oya Mage Nam – Bathiya & Santhush (2009)
Sirisangabodhi Maligawedi – Bathiya & Santhush (Life 2000)
Ai Aiyaiyo – Gypsies (Gypsies Gold)
Saima Katwela – Gypsies (Gypsies Gold)
Attamai Kiyanne Kelle – Doctor (2009)
Mage Girlfriend – Doctor (2009)
Rambari – Lahiru Perera (2009)
Api Denna (Lunu Dehi) – Gypsies (Gypsies Gold)

Overcoming the Waves of Destruction

This is a radio feature I made for my final project to mark the 7th anniversary of the tsunami. I wanted to take a more personal approach to the tsunami, than what is already out there. What is already out there is mostly fact based reports but no one has dug deep into the personal stories of those who were affected. Although I was not affected by the tsunami, I had the privilege of talking to those who survived this disaster.

I hope you will enjoy it and be inspired by the stories of these strong people who have turned their life around for the better.

Final Project – Written Presentation


2 Radio Features/ Documentaries

  1. Bridging the social gap with music (15 mins)
  2. Life after the tsunami – Overcoming the Waves of Destruction (20 mins)

 Why am I doing this?

When listening/watching the news, or reading about it on the papers, the very little there is about Sri Lanka is mainly about politics, or the war that didn’t end very nicely. Sri Lanka is mostly represented as a poverty-stricken country, with lots of political violence. However, there is so much more to Sri Lanka that has not been shown to the international community.

When I searched ‘Sri Lanka’ in the BBC World Service website, here are some of the headlines that came up:

Post-war Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port ‘not deep enough’

Sri Lanka abandons round-up of military deserters

Sri Lanka blocks websites for ‘maligning’ president

Herbert (2001) writes: “International reporting of the life of countries and people should be about more than disasters and wars. It should give outsiders an understanding of the people of a country…”

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