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About the Speaker:
Tharanga Goonetilleke (Critically Acclaimed Soprano)
Critically acclaimed soprano, Tharanga Goonetilleke’s performances have been praised by the Washington Times as ‘Magical’ and her voice by The New York times as ‘appealingly rich’.
Tharanga is a native of Sri Lanka. She graduated with her Artist Diploma for Opera Studies as well as her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
Tharanga is the first and only woman from Sri Lanka to have been accepted to Juilliard so far. She received a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Biology from Converse College, SC. She is also an Associate of the Trinity College of Music, London. Tharanga has sung leading roles in Opera under the baton of famous conductors such as Lorin Maazel, George Manahan, Anne Manson and Gary Wedow. And has worked with renowned directors Stephen Wadsworth, Robin Guarino, Fabrizio Melano and Jay Lesenger. She has over a dozen major operatic roles under her belt including Mimi (La boheme/Puccini), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte/ Mozart), Ginevra (Ariodante/Handel) and Blanche (The Dialogues of the Carmelites /Poulenc).
She is a recipient of the President Scholarship of Sri Lanka. At Juilliard she was awarded the Makiko Narumi Memorial prize. In 2015 Tharanga was named a TED Fellow. Tharanga is also the founder of TharangArt, her visual and musical arts project, exploring collaborations between different disciplines of art.
TEDxGateway Webinar: Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant (Padma Shri & Eminent Indian Classical Dancer) & Tharanga Goonetilleke (Critically Acclaimed Soprano) in conversation with Sonam Kalra (Singer & Composer)
Webinar Series: Breaking Barriers
Webinar Topic: The Power of Artistic Expressions in Transcending Challenges
About the webinar:
Tharanga Goonetilleke and Ananda Shankar Jayant dismantle the barriers that they came across while venturing their way into expressing arts. For them, passion and the power of mind are the two fundamental elements in artistic fulfilment.
Artistic expressions like singing and dancing have been equated with the Gods, and there many overlapping expressions that both the art forms portray. Music and Visual arts are like siamese twins, and inspire thousands of people to connect spiritually with themselves through their music. Artistic forms transcend all barriers and obstacles to find its way to the hearts of millions of people, and kindle a ray of hope in them.Tracing their journeys from childhood to their adult lives, Tharanga and Ananda walk you through the garden of possibilities in artistic endeavours and share their wisdom with the world.
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