Sri Lanka’s golden voice Anil Barathi serenaded Sri Lankan nationals in Kuwait with his popular Christmas hits in addition to some of his most popular songs released under different recording labels. The Christmas concert, which was staged in the newly built mini auditorium of the embassy, was graced with the presence of the Ambassador C A H M Wijeratne and his family, embassy staff and invited guests.
In a brief interview with Barathi, he told The Times that this is his third concert in Kuwait and that in spite of short notice; he was able to make it. Barathi has released eight albums with numerous hits and that his latest collection featuring Christmas songs was released. He added that he will leave soon to Sri Lanka due to singing engagements lined up towards the New Year.
The back-up band was composed of Sri Lankans working in different sectors in Kuwait that got together to provide entertainment to the crowd.
The event commenced with the lighting of candles placed in a ceremonial stand by the Ambassador, spouse and officials and minute of silence for personal prayers. The spouse and daughter of the Ambassador delivered brief messages highlighting the occasion followed by an inspirational message by the Ambassador and finally the traditional cutting of the cake. A group of young performers took the stage to the delight of the crowd and immediately followed by embassy staff and personnel belting out carols. Barahthi took the stage and thanked everyone for their presence and opened his repertoire with one of his Christmas songs from his latest album.
Ambassador Wijeratne added that the occasion is one of the religious events, which the embassy supports for the benefit of their nationals. He also thanked the Kuwait government for their continuous support to the projects of the embassy and their nationals such as the Ministry of Health for providing regular check-ups for their wards. The Ambassador wished everyone prosperity, good health and peace.