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Back to listSep 21, 2008

SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Youth Culture Festival

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On September 21, 2008, Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association (SGI-Sri Lanka) held a youth culture festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Some 150 young people performed in the show titled "Making the Impossible Possible--Storming the Passion of Youth Across the Nation."

The festival began with words of welcome from SGI-Sri Lanka General Director Ranjith Rupasinghe. The show included traditional and modern dances by young women, Kandyan folk drum and dance, the Bharathanatyam (an Indian dance), choral and solo vocal performances, hip hop and instrumental numbers. A highlight was a dramatic portrayal of the important bond between teachers and their students that inspires students to strive to develop their innate potential.

Among the 350 guests was Dr. Akash Ouchi, SGI representative in South Asia and the Middle East, who congratulated the SGI-Sri Lanka youth on the success of their festival. He briefly introduced the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and the SGI's grassroots activities that advance peace, culture and education.

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Planning and preparations for the event began in March. As rehearsals got underway, the young people invited their friends to participate in the performances. The youth also used the activity as a springboard for challenging various areas in their lives and strengthening their Buddhist practice. Following the event, SGI-Sri Lanka members determined to further develop the relationships built during preparations for the festival and contribute to their local communities and country as good citizens.

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[Adapted from an article in the October 2, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and a report from SGI-Sri Lanka; photos courtesy of SGI-Sri Lanka]