The Sooriya Village Concert and Workshop Series presents, “What Is Baila?” conducted by Dr. Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya with illustrative accompaniments on Piano & Bongo!
Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study (University of London). She is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain & Ireland). Shihan has written six books, edited two books and co-authored another book in addition to over hundred publications in international academic journals. Her works encompass history, musicology, ethnomusicology, literature and linguistics. Her latest book “The Portuguese in the East: A Cultural History of a Maritime Trading Empire” (London, I B Tauris) includes a chapter on “Music and Postcolonial Identity”. As a pianist trained in the western classical cannon and holding a Diploma in Piano Performance from the London College of Music, Shihan will be illustrating her lecture with baila and kaffrinha.