Sri Lanka must release itself from its defensive mode and think aggressively, a musician speaking recently at a seminar said.
Santush Weeraman (33) of Bhatiya and Santhush fame said that as a result of the country having had being plagued by a 26 year old war, “the defensive mode has got into us, especially the tourism industry.”
“Every day we had to defend, for 30 years we had to mentally defend and promote, especially the tourism industry,” he said.
“But now the time has come for us to think aggressively with the war end,” Weeraman said.
He further said that we have to think as Sri Lankans and not as persons belonging to any race or community.
“If we don’t have this, we are goners,” he said.
Weeraman also emphasized the importance of developing public relations and communication skills to get on with life.
Weeraman speaking at a seminar titled “I Eccellenza ’11: which was organized by Zahira College, Colombo’s Group of 2000 said that talent and effort meant nothing if one lacked focus and determination. “You need to have a plan, you need to know where you want to go and the most important thing is to have the determination,” he said.
Know your strengths and weaknesses, make sure what you want in life, if you don’t know your weaknesses you won’t get anywhere, said Weeraman. Place your emphasis in what you can do.
He said that Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the best selling music album of all time to date, was as a result of Jackson wanting to do things differently, ie interspersing dance with music, despite opposition, especially from his father, who wielded enormous influence over him. “I want to dance,” Jackson had said, even though he had created a niche for himself, prior to the release of the “Thriller” album in the early 1980s.
Weeraman also spoke about the “how” and “why” approach. He termed “how” as being in the past and in the negative, while having a “why” mindset was being positive, innovative and futuristic.
He said that in the business of music one cannot be straightjacketed. For sustained success in the music world, one must be prepared to get into the shoes of a 14 year old and be able to appreciate what he or she likes in music, said Weeraman. Then only one’s creative talents in music will come forth.
Otherwise one ends up by being a success just once. Ricky Martin, Bryan Adams and Ricky Iglesias, they are all still making records, said Weeraman. But to hit the top, at least once again, then that’s a different story, he said.
Weeraman said that there is a difference between “culture” and “tradition.” While culture may change, not so tradition, he said. The mistake is to mix the two, he said.