The ‘Tha La La’ Project

Tha La La is a community music education program which is primarily aimed at increasing cultural appreciation and understanding among children of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities from low-income settlements in Colombo.

In addition to creating cultural awareness, this program aims to provide underprivileged children in Colombo access to the benefits of music education, assisting the development of social skills, academic achievement, discipline, patience, individual self-esteem and team-work in groups.

Tha La La is carried out with the association of the Dhow Foundation and the Colombo City Council’s Public Health Department.

Online Collaboration with Tha La La kids and Damien Fernando (Wayo)

The Koha bird sings for all Sri Lankans, not just the Sinhalese. The fragrance of the Erabadu flower is not limited to Tamils. The mango trees bear fruit for all of us. Let’s celebrate this Avurudu with our neighbors from all communities who make up this nation!

Our story …

The Tha La La project began in 2014 as a pilot program in a settlement known as Summit Pura. in Mattakkuliya (Colombo 15). The program involved a group of 20-30 children being provided with free music lessons once-a-week, within the community. The children who show commitment towards the program were given instruments to practice at home. The children in this program have had the opportunity to take part in concerts organized within the community as well as opportunities to visit other musical concerts in the City.

Over the past 6 years the project was expanded to Panchikawatta, Rodney Street, Meethotamulla and Kirulapona. The affect this program has on the community is highly encouraging, judging from the positive feedback we receive from the elders, leaders and children in the community.

Original Song by Kids from Mattakuliya

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