Monday, November 20, 2017 09:25:26 PM

In conversation with Tharanga Goonetilleke

By Sanjana Hattotuwa - Mon Oct 23, 8:18 am

Tharanga Goonetilleke is a Juilliard-trained Sri Lankan opera singer who has sung internationally, including with the New York City Opera, at Carnegie Hall and the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka while providing free master classes, workshops and recitals in South Asia and the US. She is also a TED Fellow.

I first met Tharanga years ago in New York, where what I thought would be a meeting around opera and classic music, turned out to be an engaging conversation around the complexities of cognitive neuroscience and the concept of neuroplasticity. Tharanga was interested in figuring out how brains worked the way they did, by studying, amongst others, those from the performing arts. I was interested in how the brain influences how we react and respond to what we perceive, especially in the domains of political communication and social media. In many ways, the conversation we started then continues to date.

Tribute to Dr. Earle de Fonseka’ concert, held on October 19 at the Ladies’ College Hall….

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