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Colombo Page: July 02, New York: The Ranaviru Real Stars performed in New York, June 30th at the grand finale of their US tour.

The tri-state diaspora, who poured in hundreds to the PS 58 auditorium in Staten Island, were enthralled by the winners of Sri Lanka's most popular Reality TV singing competition in live concert for over 3 hours. It was easily the finest Sri Lankan musical event in years, but also one that left the audience with a deep sense of patriotism, love, and duty towards the veterans.

The Real Stars, who are members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, perform to benefit the Mihindu Seth Madura, a healing home for gravely disabled war heroes. Lt. Col. VP Kariyawasam, the director of the Seth Medura and the manager of the troupe gave a brief introduction of their mission: The facility provides lifelong care for veterans whose injuries are too grave to be cared for by their families. Currently, there are over 50 disabled soldiers treated at Mihindu Seth Madura. A short documentary brought tears to the eyes of the audience. Ambassador Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, in a heart-rending tribute to the veterans of the civil war, reminded the audience that many have sacrificed the ability to hear and see performances like those by the Real Stars.

The Real Stars began their performance with the rendition of a series of patriotic songs attired in their official uniforms which was the perfect accompaniment for the speeches and the documentary. The second part of their performance was pure artistry; a brilliantly delivered collection of classical Sri Lankan melodies together with finely choreographed dancing treated the audience to a once in a lifetime experience.

Commodore P.J.F. Peiris of the Sri Lanka Navy and Mr. Chaminda Gunarathne of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation served as the masters of ceremonies.

According to Mr. Dillan Ariyawansa, the chairman of the Ranaviru Handa � New York organizing committee, the tri-state diaspora is deeply grateful to the Ranaviru Real Stars. Not only was the community treated to wonderful performance, it also gave them the opportunity to give back to the veterans: all proceeds from the concert will go to the Mihindu Seth Medura.

The Ranaviru Real Stars tour in the US was jointly organized by Ranaviru Foundation USA, Sri Lanka Embassy and the Sri Lanka Mission in New York.

Source: Colombo Page | Photos by Sagara Lakmal De Mel


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