The ‘Padura-2017’ of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Southern Campus was held on the 19 August 2017 at the campus premises. This spectacular event was organized by the students of intake 34 in Faculty of Computing along Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies. The chief guest of the event was the Rector of the Southern Campus Brigadier AS Ariyasinghe RWP RSP USP ndu. Other dignitaries included the Dean of FBESS Dr AH Lakmal, Senior Admin Officer Lieutenant Colonel TSND Thuduhena RSP, Deputy Dean FDSS Lieutenant Colonel PSS Sanjewa RSP psc, Officers, Academic and the Non-Academic staff. The Sectary, Western Province Ministry of Educational and Cultural, Master of Arts Mr. Lal Ananda Abeydheera grace the occasion to give an informative introduction to the series of classics that were being sung by the talented students.
It was a mix of traditional and contemporary music which was performed with much enthusiasm that enthralled the audience. Sri Lanka is a country with diverse ethnicities thereby creating an exciting fusion of melted cultures, thus the intention of the ‘Padura-2017’ was to blend the spectacular heritage of our island nation into a vibrant experience through its very own music, hailing from the roots of the traditional folk songs, the calypso beats to the modern-day music fiasco. The harmonies were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and the intention of the Padura 2017 was successfully achieved by sending musical vibes into atmosphere paving for the potential continuation of the beats into the years to come within the Southern Campus.