“RAAWA” ON-AIR – 2020/2021
Online Talent Show of Students of Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

“RAAWA” is an iconic event of the annual calendar of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) – KDU which serves as a platform to express the visual talents of the students that are otherwise not expressed within the walls of a lecture hall. It was first held in the year 2018, by the students of intake 33 and then, in 2019 by the students of intake 34 of FAHS. The students of intake 35 of FAHS were looking forward to holding “RAAWA” for the 3rd consecutive year in 2020, but due to the unfortunate global pandemic situation, it has to be postponed. Despite the challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers were determined to have the show this year on an online platform with guidance from Dr. D.U. Kottahachchi, Dean, FAHS and Dr. Gihani Jayaweera, Coordinator from the academic staff – FAHS for the event. Accordingly, “RAAWA” on Air 2020/2021 was held triumphantly on 15th of October 2021 from 6.00 PM onwards with the theme of “yaka”; the devil. The event was hosted in the Auditorium, Faculty of Graduate Studies, KDU and Major General Milinda Peiris, RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc, the Vice-Chancellor of KDU graced the occasion as the chief guest. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Defence and Administration), DVC (Academic), Deans of the Faculties, Senior Military Officers of Head Quarters and the Registrar were presented at the hosting venue.

The talent show was perfectly blended with the performance of a wide spectrum of genres of dancing, music and drama performed by the students of intakes 35, 36, 37 and 38 of FAHS. The items streamed in the show were selected following an audition round. Altogether, there were about 20 acts comprising of solo, duet and group performance. The appearance of “yaka” (the devil) added an interesting twist and additional entertainment to the show. The academic staff members of FAHS performed a wonderful signing item to amuse the audience further. A thunderous performance by the students of Intake 35 who organized the event marked the conclusion of the talent show. The show was live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube reaching several thousands of views and several hundreds of positive comments from the online audience. The faculty handbook 2020/2021 was launched at the same time and the first copy was presented to the Vice-Chancellor by Dr. D.U. Kottahachchi, Dean, FAHS.

“I consider that it is an honour to grace this occasion as the chief guest. This is an amazing show with a fabulous performance by the students. This was beyond my expectation”. Major General Milinda Peiris, RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc, Vice-Chancellor of KDU stated in his speech. Overall, RAAWA on Air 2020/2021 was an entertaining and lively event that brought a versatile online experience to the performers and the audience both.