Tanya Ekanayaka

Teaching & Examining at University Level

Undergraduate Courses and Modules

The University of Peradeniya & The University of Edinburgh

Graduate Courses and Modules

Outreach Work

Tanya Ekanayaka Music Composition Project

Founded in 2012 by Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka, this music composition project included full and half day workshops held annually to help war-affected and impoverished youth articulate their thoughts and experiences creatively through collective musical invention and performance. All the workshops were conducted by Tanya Ekanayaka on a voluntary basis. The techniques used were developed by her and drew on her multidisciplinary training and extensive experience as a composer-pianist, linguist, and musicologist.

2014: The series of full-day music composition workshops for 2014 included participants from schools located in the following northern, north-western and southern Sri Lankan districts: Jaffna, Killinochchi, Negombo, Puttalum, Chillaw and Hambantota. Overall, the workshops were attended by nearly 800 school children from across the country, nearly twice the anticipated turnout. Around 90% of the workshops were sponsored by The University of Edinburgh, UK. The ground level organisation of the workshops in Jaffna and Killinochchi were handled by dedicated volunteers of a non-governmental and non-profit organisation while similarly dedicated groups of volunteers facilitated the workshops in the other regions. All participants were provided with free meals and transport. As part of the continuing development of this project, this year 5 students from 5 schools in Sri Lanka’s northern districts of Jaffna and Killinochchi were awarded scholarships enabling them to study music composition with Tanya Ekanayaka for a period of 1 year.

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Media focus on the workshops:

BBC World Service (Radio)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/sri_lanka/2014 /09/140901_tanya_music_project.shtml

BBC World Global Television


BBC Radio 3 Asian Network


2013 – Tanya Ekanayaka conducted a series of music workshops in Sri Lanka’s northern districts of Jaffna and Killinochchi ravaged by war for over 30 years and also extended her work to incorporate school children from impoverished schools in other regions of Sri Lanka, journeying over ten hours by road to one of the country’s remotest schools in the southern district of Hambantota. The workshops were organised by a non-profit non-governmental organisation. Around 140 school children from eight schools in the northern district of Jaffna participated in a two-day workshop by Tanya Ekanayaka held in Jaffna while nearly 170 school children and teachers from ten schools in the Killinochchi district participated in her workshop held in the northern district of Killinochchi. Similarly, all the children of the school which Tanya Ekanayaka visited in the country’s southern district of Hambantota totalling 103 children, their teachers and even parents attended the event. A few children of this school were awarded scholarships which will cover their full education until they leave school and the school was also gifted a range of new musical instruments for a complete school band, all of which were sponsored by the organisation which organised the workshops.

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Media focus on the workshops:

BBC World Service (Radio)

 In 2013, one of Tanya Ekanayaka’s full day music workshops held in Jaffna was attended by a BBC correspondent where some of the participants & school teachers at the workshop, volunteer organisers as well as Tanya Ekanayaka were interviewed. A special documentary about the workshops including these interviews was subsequently broadcast on BBC World Service (radio) in 2013 as part of a news feature. The BBC also broadcast a few short interviews with Tanya Ekanayaka about the project and its purpose just prior to the workshops.

August, 2012 - 'A Moment Of Healing For Us, All Through Music...' - A music performance and composition workshop held in Sri Lanka's war ravaged northern region for school children and teachers from schools across the region's Jaffna and Killinochchi districts as well as from the surrounding islands.

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Academic Awards and Distinctions

Selected Publications, Invited Talks & Conference Presentations