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The ‘Other’Side

Phoenix Ogilvy flaunted their OtherSide at Barefoot from August 24 to 26, 2007. OtherSide is Phoenix Ogilvy’s creative festival, held every other year, giving an opportunity for the agency staff to unmask their ‘hidden face;’ from paintings to sketches, installations to sculptures, photography to handwork and music to dance. The agency staff unmasked in style and it was an absolute treat to guests.

Friday evening, the opening night, was a fitting prelude to the weekend long exhibition of a myriad of creative talents. The evening saw staff, media personnel and clients intermingling and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Pheonix Ogilvy is proud of its heritage of innovation, to which the OtherSide serves as a strong testament. Through the years, the OtherSide has revealed the true face of master artistes, who with this recognition, have gone on to make their mark in the sphere of art. So successful has been the marriage of ‘creativity’ and ‘freedom’ made possible by the OtherSide.

The OtherSide has, since its debut in 2000, evolved from a reason to ‘let your hair down’ to an expression of ‘ultimate creative freedom, unhindered by creative briefs and project deadlines.’ “An advertising man,” as Phoenix Ogilvy Chairman Irvin Weerackody­, so well puts it, “needs creative sustenance from a source other than his job to keep sane;” a truth many industry peers will undoubtedly agree with. So, OtherSide is as much a ‘preservation of sanity’ as it is other things. Post OtherSide, the agency staff has emerged refreshed and revitalised, ready to take on clients and roll on the brand stewardships.

Being two faced is not always a bad thing. That was the essence of OtherSide and everyone went home in heartfelt agreement!

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Keying music and charity

World’s classiest piano duo to perform at Sri Lanka’s gala charity dinner of the year

British pianists Nettle and Markham, voted the world’s most distinguished piano duo, are to perform at one of Sri Lanka’s charity fund-raising nights of the year - The Sunera Foundation’s Gala Charity Dinner, taking place at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo on September 9, 2007.

Nettle and Markham’s repertoire has been specifically selected and tailored for this high profile evening, with their music to range from classical to popular and destined to titillate and satisfy all musical tastes. This is the duo’s second visit to Sri Lanka, after performing in 1985 with the Symphony Orchestra of Colombo. Their distinguished career spanning over 30 years has provided them accolades across all continents of the world and their vast output of recordings are consistently hailed by critics as ‘must haves’ by the most discerning music fans.

The Sunera Foundation plays a critical role in helping differently abled Sri Lankans from all ethnic groups and religions, helping them integrate into society via the performing arts. It aims to build on the success of the last two years’ gala charity dinners, to support their vital charitable work.

Sunethra Bandaranaike, Founder and Chairperson of the Sunera Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome artistes of the calibre of Nettle and Markham to appear at our annual Gala Charity Dinner in the luxurious surroundings of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. This is a must attend night for all who appreciate being entertained by exceptional music and want to help raise money for a very worthy cause- disadvantaged Sri Lankans.”

David Nettle of the Nettle and Markham piano duo said: “It’s a huge honour to perform at what is one of Sri Lanka’s charity fundraising nights of the year. Sunera Foundation plays a vital role in helping all disadvantaged Sri Lankans whatever their background. We are delighted to play a role in helping to raise the profile and money for the charity through entertaining music”

DATE:    09th September, 2007
TIME:    7.00 pm onwards
VENUE: Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand Hotel Colombo
TICKET AVAILABILITY:
               
The Sunera Foundation
                # 39/1/1, Elibank Road, Colombo 5.
INQUIRIES: 011 2504041 / 0112504043
SPONSORS:
               Asia Capital
Official Hospitality partner:
               The Cinnamon Grand Hotel,Colombo
               Sri Lankan Airlines
               Sri Lanka Telecom

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Short Notes on Indian Cinema - 01

By K.N. Sivakumaran
Neighbouring India, at present, is on the top of the world in many respects. I need not elaborate. Cinema – whether Arty, Bollywood, Kollywood or Regional or sheer Masaala – is one of the recognisable images.
Even some of us – extreme nationalists – claim that we do not care for the outside world   and live in a ‘frog in the well’ mindset, for the benefit of a set of significant population in the country that produces a handful of Sinhala cinema. As we have attracted the global attention, we should know something about the international cinema; and especially the cinema in India, which is such a flourishing enterprise.

I am one of those lucky Lankans who had attended the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) from 1991 to 1997. Even prior to that, in 1990, I had the opportunity to view several Indian films, among nearly 200 international films, at the prestigious Film and Television Training Institute (FTTI) in Pune India, while I was attending a six week course in Film Appreciation. Then there was a break. Again from 2005, I have been attending the IFFI in Goa and the Kerala International Film Festival (KIFF) at Thruvananthapuram, Kerala since last year.

So, you can be assured that what I write in these columns is authentic and account of firsthand experience. 
This week, I would like to present some personages, who are in the periphery and not been in the limelight as the feature film people.
Sutapa Deb is a well-known TV journalist in India. She makes TV documentaries on social issues. One of her works is Cycle of Violence, very appropriate to what’s happening in Sri Lanka as well. The film tries to portray the sufferings of the people trapped in the middle of crossfire, and how they make their invisible plight, to the rest of the country. She captures the violence in Manipur State that occurred in 2005.

I wish that some of our private channels – for obvious reasons the Government Film Unit (GFU) or the Armed Forces’ Media Unit cannot do this – could telecast this film. However, the people in the south of Lanka have no way of witnessing the sufferings and agonies of the people in the north and east, caught in the crossfire and the aftermath.
One other documentary of Sutapa Deb is titled The Unsung Heroes of the Earthquake in Gujerat. For this she won the Indian Telly Award for the Best Documentary Film in 2002.

Joshy Joseph assisted  Adoor Gopalkrishnan – internationally acclaimed Malayalam filmmaker, in his formative years. He made a short film – One Day from a Hangman’s Life. In this film, we learn that capital punishment took place in Kolkatta in 2004 after many years. He has produced several documentaries on various subjects. He had bagged National Awards for four films.
Adit Battacharya is the grandson of the doyen of Hindi Cinema – Bimal Roy and son of filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya. He made a film called Raakh some 15 years ago. Recently, he made a film called Dubai Return.
- More next week

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