“Music is the language of spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.“
-Kahil Gibram –
Do you want to know how the biggest music revolution of the RACUOK history happened? Then let’s start from the beginning.
The Finance Avenue along with the Sports & Entertainment Avenue wanted the world to know that RACUOK is not just another Rotaract Club, but a club that can do wonders. Being a back–end technical avenue of the club for a long time, in the Rotaract year 2022-23 Finance Avenue with the support of the Sports & Entertainment Avenue took a huge step to develop the administrative fund of RACUOK. It was to organize project “Rotrallia’22”, the biggest event in the club history of the Rotaract Club of University of Kelaniya which was successfully held on the 13th of November 2022 with WAYO musical band.
With the aim of beginning the most revolutionary event of the Rotaract history of RACUOK, the recruitment of the Organizing Committee started on the 24th of July 2022, and a google form was circulated among the members for two days and on the 26th of July 2022, the recruitment was closed, and the interviewing process was officially started on that day.
On the 11th of August 2022, the official organizing committee was announced after a long interviewing process with the applicants and the initial preparations began for the music extravaganza, “Rotrallia’22.”
Further, organizing committee gathered in several meetups to discuss about fundraising methods since Rotrallia was a massive project which had a budget of around LKR 2.5-3 million. Several fundraising activities were held such as food stalls and t–shirt selling and all of them were successful.
Further, to fundraise for this event, the organizing committee decided to publish a souvenir and to approach several organizations for partnerships.
Also, the crew of Rotrallia was able to gather many valuable partnerships such as Yandex Design as the Official Gold Sponsor, Ceylon Today and මව්බිම as the Official Printed Media Partners, RED FM, and සිත FM as the Electronic Media Partners, Seylan Bank as the Banking Partner, and Dreamcatcher Photography as the Photography Partner. The tickets for Rotrallia were out on the 26th of October 2022 and the tickets were priced at LKR 800, LKR 1500, LKR 2500, LKR 3500, and LKR 5000. Within just two days after the release of tickets, the ones priced at LKR 800 were completely sold out. Within just a week, the tickets priced at LKR 1500 were completely sold out and a couple of hours before the concert started, all the tickets were completely sold out and the Dharmaloka Hall became house–full for the night.
There were many significant moments at WAYO Live in Rotrallia because the whole crowd was highly interactive and really enjoyed the vibe of the concert. In the last few hours, the Dharmaloka Hall was just like a beautiful sky at night. It was a whole different experience for the undergraduates at the University of Kelaniya because Rotrallia was the first live in concert held inside the university post COVID-19 pandemic.
Rotrallia was also very special in another way because the winner and the first runner up of Spotlight Music Competition, respectively, Rtr. Dewminie Fernando and Rtr. Shanali Ranaweera got a huge chance to sing with WAYO Musical Band at the concert. It was a whole new vibe and added more color to the musical night. Mr. Shehan Paul, one of the most talented comperes in Sri Lanka and the host of Rotrallia made sure that the crowd was highly interactive.
Also, District Rotaract Representative Rtn. Rtr. Past President Ahamed Hussain and Joint Director – PR Rtr. PP Praneeth Madusanka joined Rotrallia as special invitees and enjoyed the magical night.
So, another beautiful night ended like that, and the revolution is to be continued in the year 2023 to mark another significant milestone in RACUOK history.