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Gamee Suwanda

setting a new trend in local music

By Lakna Paranamanna
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 times.

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 Thalawathugoda.

Q: What are the unforgettable incidents during the filming of the visual?
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.

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