A life of music
Some become musicians by learning the subject while
others accomplish it through inborn talent.
Ranjith Liyanage is one who has been in the music field
for three decades.
“My latest creation, ‘Sri Lanka Ape Bhoomi’, is a song
dedicated to President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” said Liyanage.
The music, melodies and lyrics are by him.
“The inspiration to create this song came from the
recent victory in the war,” he added.
In addition to this song, he intends releasing a new CD
of 14 songs.
“I have only completed two songs at the moment, that
is ‘Jeewithaya Pura’ and ‘Me Athmaya’,” stated Liyanage.
According to Liyanage, Hemasiri Halpita, has done the
lyrics for both songs, while Nihal Jayawardhane provided
“The remixing and the melodies for the two songs were
done by me,” said Liyanage.
Liyanage entered the music scene in 1974, with the
formation of his own band, ‘Golden Arrows’.
“The band was together from 1974 to 1979, with Nihal
Dias and Arnest Soyza on lead guitars, Jorge De Silva on
bass guitar, Morris De Silva on rhythm guitar, Ranjith
Dias on keyboards, Greshan Ananda did the vocals, along
with myself on drums,” said Liyanage.
According to Liyanage he formed another band named
‘Oasis’ in 1983 with Senaka Ranasinghe on lead guitar,
Roy De Silva on bass guitar and vocals, Elston
Dharmawardana on rhythm guitar and vocals, Rizni on the
keyboard and vocals and Liyanage on drums.
“The ‘Oasis’ second line-up in 1987 included myself
on the drums and vocals, Shobi Perera on bass and
vocals, Sanjaya Perera on keyboard and vocals, late
Bernard Janz on lead guitar and vocals and Gehan De
Silva on rhythm guitar and vocals,” stated Liyanage.
Liyanage further stated that in 1985 he went to Saudi
Arabia and worked there for 11 years as an audio visual
“Looking back at years gone by, we have covered so many
indoor and outdoor concerts, outstation shows,
exhibitions, fairs, weddings and so many events,” said
According to Liyanage, in 2007, he once again came up
with a new band named ‘Melody Makers’ where they have
got the three-piece band as well as the full band to
“I received my primary education at the St. Matthew’s
College, Dematagoda, and continued my higher studies at
Stafford College Maradana,” stated Liyanage.
His father T.A. Liyanage, a former army officer
encouraged him in the field of music.
“My father was the first person to established an
oriental band in the army. He bought me my first drum
set,” added Liyanage.
Concluding his conversation with The Nation, TV Guide,
Liyanage stated that so many of his friends, relatives
and loved ones have helped him on his way in the field
of music, where, at present, he is operating one of his
own studios at his residence in Kotikawatta, Buthgama,
named ‘Nomix’, with the intention of helping youngsters
entering the field.
Women – Untold stories on ETV
ETV Launches yet another first in Sri Lanka this
August. “ETV Power Women” a brand new prime-time one
hour programme catering to the discerning tastes of Sri
Lankan TV viewing public.
“ETV Power Women” takes you on an intimate journey into
the lives of some of the most prominent female achievers
in varied fields. This weekly show will feature a
one-hour chat with a leading lady of society considered
to be a “Power Women” in her own right.
The objectives of the programme would be showcasing
of achievements and dreams of some of the most
influential ladies of Sri Lanka and unveiling these “ETV
Power Women’s” own personal experiences and learning’s
to inspire the target audience.
Minoli Ratnayake (former host of ETV Home Gourmet
Programme and Editor of Adoh! Magazine) will host this
series. She will probe into interesting facts relating
to the “The Power Lady’s” professional and personal
life, as well as engage in a heart-to-heart discussion
to reveal their secret formula to success, where they
draw their inspiration from and how they overcame
barriers along the way, to finally be where they are.
Some of the distinguished line-up of “ETV Power
Women” to be featured include Shiromal Cooray (Travel/LeisureTrade
- Managing Director, Jetwing Travels ), Swarna
Mallawaracachchi (Local Cinema), Yasmin Cader (Public
Relations/Hospitality), Nela De Zoyza
(Architect/Design), Otara Gunawardane (Entrepreneur -
ODEL), Mary Anne David (Music), Kimarlie Fernando
(Banking - CEO, PABC Bank), Lilamani Dias Benson
(Advertising - Managing Director, LOWE LDB), Mel
Gunasekera (Media - News Correspondent, AFP )
The show will appeal to the aspirations of female
audiences between the ages of 16- 45. The objective of
the show is to instill in the audience a sense of
aspiration and confidence within this target group,
while showcasing the leading females of Sri Lanka, who
will, hopefully, be considered as role models to this
target group. It will at the same time be interesting
ETV has built in more interactivity and audience
participation for the show by giving viewers the
opportunity to pose their own questions to the future
interviewees by prior SMS (by typing ETV <space>EPW
<Space> Question /suggestions – need to send to 7733) or
by logging onto the dedicated Blog (http://etvpowerwomen.blogspot.com/),
which will carry a list of Lady’s to be interviewed, and
posting their own questions.
Pond’s Age Miracle is the main sponsor of the show.
ETV Power Women will air every Monday on Prime time 8-9
pm and re-run for the benefit of the Weekend ETV viewer
on Saturdays at 9 pm .
ETV Power women is a concept and a production of
Vanguard Management Services (Pvt.) Ltd.
For Media Enquiries please contact:
Ashani M. Jayasinghe, Executive Director-Channel
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