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    Posted December 24, 2012 by
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    Holiday Tribute to Newtown from Sri Lanka, UK and Hawaii


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     In November, PuakeaJutka came up with the idea to make a video bringing together different cultures to promote peace in the holiday season. She worked with her musician friend in London to record a rendition of "Silent Night," and then iReporter sunethra in Kandi, Sri Lanka, taught children at a local orphanage to sing along to the music. Shortly after they recorded the videos, the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre occurred, so they dedicated the performance as a tribute to the victims. iReporter sunethra went back to the orphanage and asked the children to make drawings for Newtown.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    A Holiday Musical Tribute to the Victims of Newtown, Connecticut from around the Globe


    Music is a vehicle that connects people around the globe, bringing harmony and tranquility to our souls, especially during the holiday season. Even though we are physically as far apart as Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and Hawaii, we are able to unite in the spirit of Peace to give comfort to the many who were struck by the unimaginable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.


    This report is a magical co-production between different cultures. It took great effort and brilliant teamwork on the part of the children of the orphanage of Mahanuwara Bauddha Kantha Samithiya (Jayawickrama Children’s Home, Bahirawakanda,) in Kandy, Sri Lanka and Clare Langan, a virtuoso flautist from the United Kingdom to perform the beautiful Christmas Carol “Silent Night.” The song was recorded with the wish to offer healing to the families of the victims of the Newtown tragedy. The children performed the second verse of the song in the Sinhalese language.
    Shari Autokorala, (our excellent iReporter in Kandy and receiver of the CNN iReport Sprit Honoree Award 2010), did the video of the performance in the children’s home as well as the photos of the children’s drawings.


    This recording is a musical rarity, because it shows that children who have never sung together before could form a choir and sing with flute music that was performed thousands of miles away. The children and flautist really did a great job of showing their sparkling spirit and goodwill to bring much needed peace to our hearts. May this Holiday Season fill your hearts with comfort and lasting Peace as well. Happy Holidays! Thank You: PuakeaJutka


    I would like to thank everybody who contributed to this beautiful tribute for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.


    Video: Shari Atukorla and Jutka T. Emoke Barabas


    Photos: Shari Atukorala


    Singers: The Children of Jayawickrama Children’s Home –Bahirawakanda, Kandy, Sri Lanka


    Flute: Clare Langan, UK, virtuoso flautist and master musician


    Musical directors in Kandy Sri Lanka: Shari Atukorala and Abeesha Ratnavel


    Video editor: Jutka T. Emoke Barabas, Honolulu, Hawaii


    The text of second verse of “Silent Night, Holy Night’ was translated into the Sinhalese language by Tyrone Michael in Sri Lanka


    Clare Langan studied at the Purcell School, Durham University and The Royal Academy of Music in London where she won the prestigious flute prize. She attended master classes with the best teachers in the world. Her eclectic repertoire spans concertos to solo recitals, to chamber music.


    I would like to thank everybody who contributed to this beautiful Tribute for the Victims of Newtown, Connecticut.

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