When dreams are worth liv­ing

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

Arzeth Areef has a se­cret he can’t keep. He has been cho­sen by the Dreamer’s Foun­da­tion to pur­sue his dream. While he pur­sues his stud­ies in IT dur­ing the day time, he’s found rap­ping songs when he’s free. , He is a boy from Am­para with a dream.

“We all de­serve a real chance. I didn’t get many chances and I had to fight for ev­ery­thing I now have in my life,” said Amila ‘Desh’ De­shan­tha, an event man­ager, TV/ra­dio pre­sen­ter, film­maker and the brain­child of the Dream­ers Foun­da­tion.

Desh con­ducted a work­shop in Jaffna through the Amer­i­can Cen­tre and it was there that he met Arzeth. “I met Arzath Are­eff, a stu­dent from Am­para who told me he wanted to be a Tamil rap­per. Af­ter see­ing what he could do, I was im­pressed by his raw tal­ent and his amaz­ing story,” said Desh.

Arzeth who will soon be known on the air­waves as Rz Omar, was of­fered the first grant. He trav­elled to Colombo and was put in a record­ing stu­dio with a au­dio en­gi­neer. He also met lo­cal rap­per Kr­is­han and oth­ers who gave him sup­port.

“Back in Am­para, we only sing among friends, we don’t know how to make mu­sic, let alone pro­duce them,” said Arzeth. “So this was a huge op­por­tu­nity for me. I had only writ­ten down one song when I trav­elled to Colombo but we ended up record­ing three more songs.”

What Desh in­tends to do with th­ese songs re­main a sur­prise to Arzeth. “I am get­ting the au­dio mas­tered in Aus­tralia and will re­lease it on­line for free,” said Desh. “I am go­ing to con­tinue men­tor­ing him and give him all the ad­vice he needs to get a mu­sic video done too. I will do my part to in­tro­duce him to the in­dus­try.”

Arzeth’s success story is just one of the first from the Dream­ers Foun­da­tion. “The idea for the foun­da­tion came dur­ing my work­shops in Sri Lanka in Au­gust 2012. When I asked my stu­dents “if money was no ob­sta­cle what would they like to do?” they told me their dreams. Af­ter a bit of thought, I re­al­ized that some of them might not be for­tu­nate to re­al­ize their dreams. So I de­cided to give one stu­dent each year a grant.” Desh added.

Desh is also the pro­ducer for Planet Ur­ban TV. He is also the cre­ative di­rec­tor and project man­ager for the Think Inc: sci­ence and ra­tio­nal­ism con­fer­ence. Di­vid­ing his time be­tween Aus­tralia and his na­tive Sri Lanka, he cur­rently serves as a na­tional tour co­or­di­na­tor for UAE, a di­vi­sion of Aus­tralian night­club and con­cert pro­moter Ur­ban Agent.

“I met Arzath Are­eff, a stu­dent from Am­para who told me he wanted to be a Tamil rap­per. Af­ter see­ing what he could do, I was im­pressed by his raw tal­ent and his amaz­ing story,”

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