setting a new
trend in local music
Tharanga Wickramadara, a young director whose name became
familiar to most of us through his numerous commercials and song
visuals, has now completed directing the visuals of the song
Gamee Suwanda which sets a whole new trend in the local music
field. The Nation recently met him to talk about the song and
his latest endeavors.
Following are excerpts:
Q: Tell us something about the song Gamee Suwanda?
A: This song is sung by four artists. This is a creation of
one of the singers of the song, Eranga Jayawansha. The other
artists featured in the song are, Jananath Warakagoda, Samitha
Mudunkotuwa and Nuwan Balasooriya. Producing and the composing
of the song was done by Eranga and the lyrics are by the late
Hemasiri Halpita. The melody of this song is influenced by the
theme music of Malgudi Dawasa and bears a strong resemblance to
it. Most of the listeners say that this song reminds them of the
Malgudi Dawasa theme music.
Q: What do you think is different about this song?
A: Well, this song was released during the New Year season
and most people think that we have created the visual targeting
the New Year. But our idea is portray the atmosphere of a
village and the beauty of the village during the harvesting
Q: Tell us something about the visual?
A: The visual was created by Randipa Media and the visual
was directed by me. The filming was done for three days in
several different locations like, Colombo, Kurunegala and
Bandaragama. The main role is portrayed by Piumi Boteju and lots
of other senior actors and actresses like Wijeratne Warakagoda
and Chitra Warakagoda are also appearing in the visual. The art
director was Upul Chamila. The eastern percussion band Srimath
also makes its appearance in the visual.
Q: What are the new things featured in this visual in
comparison to the other visuals produced these days?
A: Well, technology wise, we have used a d55 camera and we
have also used special effects in the video. We really could not
afford to film all the scenes in Kurunegala as transporting a
big crew to such a long distance was financially a bit hard. So,
the art director should be specially mentioned because we faced
a big challenge of bringing out the appearance of an urban area
like Kurunegala, in Colombo. Upul has cleverly met with the
challenge. The house which is featured in the song, although it
looks as if itís in a remote area, is actually a house in
What are the unforgettable incidents during the filming of the
A: Well there are many. One such incident is the accident
that Piumi met with while she was on a swing. The swing had not
been tied properly and while Piumi was going on it the rope got
untied and Piumi fell. All of us got very scared but fortunately
no one got hurt. Rehearsals where the percussion band Srimath
arrives at the scene on a bullock cart, were done perfectly. But
at the shoot, Jananath was wearing a red coloured costume and
the bullocks got disturbed at the sight of it and created a bit
of a commotion. Anyhow we managed to control the situation
without any damages or accidents to anyone. However, the
experience was really enjoyable and unforgettable.
Q: How is the response from your fans?
A: It has not been very long since the launch of the song,
so we have not received much responses. But, the little that we
have received so far is really encouraging and satisfying. We
are looking forward to receiving more responses and support from
our fans in the future too.