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Official press release - On July 5th 2014, ‘Deepashika’ inaugural live concert was launched with a tremendous reception. Presented by Deepa Gangoda with StarVillage, ‘Deepashika’ set a benchmark for musical concerts in Sydney. The evening was filled with classic tunes from Sri Lanka’s golden era of music, to her own original songs. The chance to cherish old memories as well as enjoy sheer musical talent brought tears to the eyes of spectators. Her melodious voice captivated the audience throughout the show. It started and finished sharp on time, and was followed by a traditional Sri Lankan buffet dinner.

The professional sound, lighting and stage management helped to create a mystical atmosphere in a venue never seen before by the Sri Lankan community. The comperes for the night were Senani Gunasekara and Sujeewa Mudalige.

StarVillage is a group of young musicians grown up in Australia, who take pride in their Sri Lankan identity. StarVillage’s mission is to reunite with our cultural heritage through music. It aims to keep authentic Sri Lankan music alive in younger generations. Led by Dinuja P Gangoda, StarVillage backed Deepa live, and also presented unique instrumental items which left the audience in awe. The beauty of the music was complemented by Sarangi Rupasinghe and Upeka Nanayakkara who performed two traditional dances.

Here is what some enthusiastic members of the audience had to say:
“As a person who was involved in various Sinhalese community events with several Sri Lankan organisations since 1985, I was extremely impressed by the level of details gone into organising the show ''Deepashika", especially by a family (and not by an organisation) and most probably the only one I have ever attended in that capacity.”

“They are up there with the level of some of the well known professional musicians of Sri Lanka. Again, I would like to thank you for inviting me to the event and I would look forward to any future shows organised by StarVillage.”

“I felt like a floating cloud. It was an amazing event. After a long time I really enjoyed a live music concert in Sydney.”

“All in all it was an awesome performance.  Enjoyed every minute of it.”

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