From left to right: Ms. Theruni Sebastiampillai, Dr. Aleida Guevara and Ms. Kamaya Jayatissa
(April 24, 2012, Paris, Sri Lanka Guardian) On April 19, 2012, a Delegation of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris attended “Death and Rebirth”, a symphony played on the occasion of the 45th death anniversary of the Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.
The event took place in presence of Dr. Aleida Guevara, the eldest daughter of Che. Also present for the occasion were: H.E. Orlando Requeijo Gual -Ambassador of Cuba to France, Orlando Requeijo Prof. Albert Jacquard, Jean Cornier, author of several books on the Guerrillero Heroico, Canadian astrophysicist Hubert Reeves and René Burri –whose photographs of Che Guevara are iconic.
Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka, who was invited for the occasion by his Cuban counterpart H.E. Orlando Requeijo Gual, was unable to attend the event due to consultations in Sri Lanka . A delegation composed of Ms. Theruni Sebastiampillai and Ms. Kamaya Jayatissa was nominated by Dr. Jayatilleka to represent him on the occasion.
An orchestra composed of 40 musicians played Cuban revolutionary chants throughout the night. Accompanied by 150 singers, the orchestra revisited Sergio Ortega’s famous Chilean song of resistance “El Pueblo Unido” (The people united) and “Hasta siempre comandante,” by late Cuban composer and song-writer Carlos Puebla.
Famous Argentinean percussionist, Minino Garay and his jazz band also performed for the occasion.
The symphony composed by Julio César Pardo and co-organized by “Musique en Utopia” and “Cuba Si France ” took place at the Jules Verne Circus in Amiens , France . Built in 1889, this circus was inaugurated by French author Jules Verne –pioneer of the science fiction genre and second most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie. The Jules Verne circus is known to be one of the last permanent circuses in France .
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