On Sinhalese Political Oratory

Sinhalese Oratory is something that has enthralled me almost if not as much as English Political Oratory. I get access to very good orations here in England, where one would understand is the place the best English is spoken. Unless you are American and you beg to differ.

In the recent past, Sinhalese Oratory has been hijacked by Mervynesque jargon and good Sinhalese orations are not always what Sri Lankans get to enjoy.

There are some brilliant Sinhalese orators still around, amongst the JVP for example but surely they do not get a platform of their own to appeal to the public. When I said JVP has good orators, I am not necessarily endorsing their substance – rather the choice of words, the delivery and the way the sentences are constructed.

This speech here by Imthiyaz Bakeer Markar delivered recently was something that caught my eye and is most certainly one of the better Sinhalese orations I have heard in a long time.

Anyone who appreciates Sinhalese oratory would do well to listen to it.

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3 responses to “On Sinhalese Political Oratory

  1. "I get access to very good orations here in England, where one would understand is the place the best English is spoken."I think there's a certain irony to that sentence! x

  2. good speech,no wonder though, as he was in fact the leader of the debating team at Ananda College during his school days…

  3. RD – ah yes, slip of the words my fine feathered friend! xRSZ – Brilliant indeed!

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