Chaturika Rajapakse, a full time software engineer in London left her PhD in Computer Science after five months saying it was "not challenging enough" and so, "I got really bored with it" to return to her favourite pursuit -Music.
Every year when Chaturika returns to Sri Lanka for a holiday she
gives a piano recital.This time too she Chaturika Rajapakse
Music being her
pastime and being mainly engrossed in classical music, the 28 year old Chaturika
says "I used to play improvised pop music when I was very young but I'm not interested in pop anymore."Further, she
adds "I started playing in public concerts as Aunty Bridget's choir accompanist and afterwards I moved to playing solo.In 1999 I won a scholarship to U.K where I had the opportunity of playing in concerts."
But when asked how she
chose Computer Science and not Music as her
says "The reason is I like to perform but I'm a bit lazy to teach.In Sri Lanka it's very difficult to make a living out of performing alone, so I chose Computers as my career." She
likes challenging pieces like Rachmaninoff and Liszt: "I like to take the challenge of working on pieces like that, despite my small hands" says Chaturika grinning away showing off her
petite hands with rather small fingers.And when asked how she
manages the pianoforte with such small fingers she
says "I don't know.
I don't think the size of the hand matters....it's the size of the mind." She
doesn't have a definite plan, but hopes to work as a software engineer for at least another 4-5 years since "I spent so much time studying and doing the Masters I don't feel like just giving it all up.
I'd love to be a full time performer, but that is very competitive specially in London."Further she
added that she'd love to be involved in professional choirs/music groups in London but says "I still haven't taken that seriously but maybe when I return to London I will write to professional musicians and take master classes from an internationally reputed pianist.
began music with "Aunty Bridget" as a 9 year old.
It was indeed mesmerizing to listen to her
playing and of course to see her
petite fingers glide smoothly over the keyboard for over one hour.