Tribute to a selfless teacher

Ruwani Seimon

The first death anniversary of dearest Aunty Ruwani who departed from this world at a very early age of 39 years fell on November 7, 2008.Aunty Ruwani was gentle by nature and full of energy. She was selflessly involved in her musical career, tirelessly training the many pupils under her charge.

I was very shy and timid when I was small. Though I was a student of hers I did not like to join the school choir at that time and managed to avoid her weekly requests to do so. As usual she never gave up and finally I gave in. I am very grateful to her for this as I have enjoyed every minute being a member of the school choir.

She was suffering from an illness that necessitated frequent medical attention. On certain occasions when discharged from hospital, she continued with the active life she was accustomed to in the years gone by.

She organized many concerts and her pupils participated in many singing competitions with success. All these events necessitated arranging many practices and keeping late hours much against medical advice such was her dedication and love for the profession so dear to her heart. She made many sacrifices particularly her social and family commitments for the sake of her numerous pupils who were treated like children of her own.

Today, some of our leading singers have at some stage of their musical career benefited from her skilful guidance.We, her pupils remember Aunty Ruwani with a tinge of sadness because she is no longer with us but most of all with lots of love.

May her soul rest in peace.

Maheshika Perera

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