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Hair & Make-up : Ramzi
Rahaman - of Ramzi’s Saloon
Location : Cinnamon Grand Hotel
|Brains and looks spell
|By Ishara Jayawardane
Let us meet Miss Photogenic. She is a young woman of many
talents and soaring ambitions. She is qualified to be an
hotelier and she has not given up her dream of being a
pilot. She has brains and looks and her name spells success.
She is 22 year old Lakshi Heshani Perera. Let us meet this
former contestant for Derana Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World
These days Lakshi is doing shows and hopes to leave
the island sometime in the near future. She has taken part
in the Sunsilk Hadakari fair where she was placed 4th.
Lakshi’s opportunity to model came at Ramani Arsakularatne’s
graduation. Her first show was the presenting of
certificates by Ramani Arsakularatne Academy of Beauty and
Home Craft. The event was choreographed by Graham Hatch.
Her second show was an Oriflame event advertising the
newest shampoo- Hair X choreographed by designer Andre
Stefan. We were dressed (hair and makeup) by Shirley Salon.
“I also took part in Ramani Fernando’s bridal demonstration
at her school and I was dressed up as a Kandyan bride. The
students were instructed how to dress a bride,” said Lakshi.
She will also be taking part on November 24 for Ramani
Fernando’s hair and make up graduation.
She has done three commercials plus a visual.
She has evinced no interest to join the field of acting
because that is a path she is not interested in.
Lakshi comes from a family of five. Her mother, father,
herself and a sister and a brother. Both siblings go to
school, the sister at Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the brother
at St. Nicholas International. Parents are both business
In the future Lakshi wants to do “something of her own”.
I asked this talented young lady what she wanted to do as a
kid, to which she replied, she wanted to be a basketball
coach and as she grew up, her interest turned to that of
However she had to make a choice between Aviation and the
all important pageant, which was Derana Miss Sri Lanka for
Miss World 2009. Unable to do both at the same time Lakshi
chose the latter to please her mother.
At the pageant Lakshi clinched the awards for Miss
Photogenic and Miss Talent.
Young Lakshi learnt a lot from the pageant, such as how to
dress and how to socialise. It was a huge experience.
Lakshi, who has a wealth of experience when it comes to
modelling, has not limited her horizons. She is also
studying Hotel Management. She left Sri Lanka for Singapore
almost two and a half years ago. Before that she studied at
Sirimavo Bandaranaike College and OKI International in
Wattala. She has also has done her London Advanced Levels.
“I want to be qualified and have my own business,” she
asserted and that she hopes to continue her education. Pic
by Ravindra Dharmathilake
|Born to sing
There is a saying that great singers are not created but
they are born. This statement becomes very true when we
speak about this personality who is a singer and also a
He is none other than Samarawickrama Herath who is a
teacher by profession and a talented singer in relation
to the hidden ability which he has received from birth.
“‘Arundathi’ was my maiden compact disk (CD) which I
launched on September 20 at the Katugastota St.Anthony’s
Hall,” said Herath.
According to Herath the CD
consists of ten songs which have been written based on
“The songs in the CD is a mixture of songs based upon
different themes such as love, motherly virtues,
patriotism, Buddhist carols along with environmental
songs,” stated Herath.
He further emphasised that the song ‘Arundathi’ which is
one of the tracks in the CD is written by Nilar N.
Cassim clearly brings out the idea how the war affects
“The chief guest for the occasion was the Dean of the
Faculty of Music in the University of Visual and
Performing Arts, Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake,” said Herath.
He further stated that the event was also graced by
Bandara Athawuda, Shantha Jayalath Thisera along with
lyricists such as Kapila Kumara Kalinga, Chaminda Lanka
Samarasinghe, Anoma Priyanthi Dissanayake along with
many other invitees.
The CD also includes songs named, ‘Wanaspathi’,
‘Gauthama Muni Dantha Dhathu’, ‘Shyamala Amarala Gasyata
Siti Kale’ including many other songs.
“The lyrics for the CD were done by veteran lyricists
such as Kapila Kumara Kalinga, Shantha Jayalath Thisera,
Chaminda Lanka Samarasinghe along with many others while
the music was provided by prominent musicians such as
Rohana Weerasinghe, Vijayarathne Ranathunga together
with many others,” he stated.
According to him at present he is employed as a
Sinhala teacher at the St.Sylvester’s College in Kandy
where he has taught in three other schools earlier.
“When it comes to singing, I am much more peculiar in
selecting songs because I am a teacher and I always want
to give something beneficial to my fans,” said Herath.
He has been an old boy of the Nugawela Central
College in Kandy and received his secondary education
from Sri Rahula Maha Vidyalaya in Katugasthota.
“In my schooling days I followed music as a subject and
took part in many artistic programmes including singing
competitions,” stated Herath.
According to him he has also taken part in an all
island singing competition named ‘Savanin Sawanata’ in
the late 80’s and has been chosen in to the final round.
“I also took part in a singing competition named ‘Miyasi
Ravaya’ which was hosted by the Gamini Dissanayake
Foundation and was placed first from the Harispaththuwa
electorate,” said Herath.
He further emphasized that he has learned music under
many music teachers where he completed his sangeetha
visharada awasana degree in the year 1999.
“I have eight members in my family where my mother’s
name is Vimalawathi Herath and my father’s name is
Dayarathna Herath,” stated Herath.
When questioned from him about his family background
in relation to music, he stated that his mother was in a
folk music troupe where his father is an expert in
“Earlier I used to sing songs of visharada W.D.Amaradewa
and Sunil Edirisinghe where Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake,
Shantha Jayalath Thisera and Bharatha Rajapakshe were
the persons who encouraged me in coming up with my own
creations,” He stated.
According to him he has received good responses up to
now for his CD from listeners who are from different
Concluding his conversation with The TV Guide Herath
stated that he has his own lyrics written under
different themes where he is looking forward to produce
one of his own songs in the future.
Pic by Ruckshan Abeywansha
|Yes FM Beach Break 2nd Wave
| Yes FM Beach Break 2nd wave kicked off on a
high tide! Setting a new trend within the party scene by
starting the party early as 4pm and onwards that
included Yes FM Djs - Axl Young, Shiran D, Studio Shane
and world famous Jesse Garcia from Spain. A well reputed
electronic music master Jesse Garcia is famous for his
raw talent with the turntables and is a resident Dj at
Stealth Records parties held around the world owned by
the world famous Dj Roger Sanchez.
The 2nd Wave was a highly anticipated party since the
Yes FM Beach Break in Bentota was reputed for being one
of the best Beach parties held in the island; so it was
no surprise when the party crowd started flowing early
to the Blue Oceanic Hotel in Negombo with high
expectations for an awesome sunset party. And that is
exactly what Yes FM delivered with the thumping house
genre maestro Senior Dj Jesse Garcia that rocked the
shores! Yes FM ended the Beach Break 2nd wave held
September 26 on a loud, pulse beating thud leaving the
crowd satisfied and thirsty for another fabulous beach
party from the only Number One Hit Music Station - Yes
|Yes Super Star Workshop
|Yes FM - Your No. 1 Hit Music Station together with
Channel One MTV conducted the first workshop for the
participants on October 7 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.
The workshop commenced with a motivating speech that
welcomed the participants and briefed them about what to
expect when they begin their musical journey.
The Mount Lavinia Regency Ballroom was packed with
applicants of all ages, all with the hope of becoming
the ‘Yes Super Star’ a talent contest showcasing
individual vocal abilities.
Judges for this prestigious event, Maxi Rosairo
Soundarie David, and Ashanthi gave advice on what the
contestants should possess to be a ‘Yes Super Star’ and
shared words of encouragement to boost their confidence.
Ashanti, eased the nerves of the participants by ending
the preliminary workshop with a tune that involved all
participants singing together harmoniously.
The workshop was a great success and the contestants
are now looking forward to making it through the
auditions with one goal in mind, to be crowned ‘Yes
in AIDS film
|In Priyadarshan’s new film, Aamir will be tackling
the serious issue without being preachy
Always one to put his best foot forward when it comes to
educating the country, Aamir Khan will soon star in a
Priyadarshan’s film on AIDS. ‘My next film is a
meaningful and realistic take on AIDS. I have narrated
the story to Aamir and he really liked it, though I have
not presented him with a bound script yet,’ stated
South Indian actor Mohan Lal, who is a
Priyadarshan’s favourite will also feature in the film.
Priyadarshan added that when he came up with the idea of
the film in 2008, he was considering Akshay, but things
have changed now. With Kanchivaram being lauded all over
the globe, Priyadarshan thinks its time he combined the
element of entertainment with a serious message. He
wants to strike a balance between the two and prove it
to himself that he is capable of making a success of it.
His comedy, De Dana Dhan, starring Akshay Kumar,
Sunil Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Neha Dhupia,
Sameera Reddy, Asrani and Johny Lever, is in post
production. Aamir is not the only one on Priyadarshan’s
wish list; he wants to work with Big B too. ‘I have
worked with Mr. Bachchan on advertisements but I want to
shoot a feature film with him. It would be a great
experience,’ he concludes.
That should not be tough we think; after Aamir, even
Amitabh would concede.
extramarital affair with former boy
|Do not jump to the conclusions too early. We are
talking about the upcoming Tamil movie Indira Vizha in
which bong babe Namitha plays the role of a seductress
and promiscuous housewife.
Indira Vizha has Sreekanth, Namitha, Hemamalini in
starcast. The movie is directed by K. Rajeshwar and
produced by Ashok K.Kotwani.
Indira Vizha is the story
of a sexy housewife seducing her former lover and trying
to have extramarital relationship with him. That
desperate housewife is played by the sex symbol Namitha.
The character of the troubled boy friend is played by
Sreekanth and Hemamalini has played his love interest.
Looking at the stills released one can easily guess that
the movie dwells heavily on the glamour factor of
Namitha and Hemamalini. After quite a long time, Tamil
audience will see Namitha scorching the screen. The
audio has already been released and we cannot wait to
watch our goddess on screen.
|South sensation Asin made a smashing debut in
Bollywood with Aamir Khan and from then on there has
been no looking back for the doe-eyed beauty.
Asin will now share screen space with Ajay Devgan and
Salman Khan in one of the most highly anticipated
musical film of the year London Dreams.
The multi-budgeted film has Salman and Ajay reuniting
after almost 10 years and the audiences are waiting to
see their onscreen camaraderie again.
After the smashing success of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,
Ajay and Salman have not finally got a chance to work
together and director Vipul Shah promises fireworks.
While Shah is all praise for his multi-talented leading
male stars, he is in awe of his leading lady as well.
Asin who had producers queuing for a chance to work with
her after her debut film Ghajini was signed by Vipul for
London Dreams well before her maiden venture. In London
Dreams, Asin plays Priya, a young music enthusiast who
joins Arjun’s (Ajay Devgan) rock band in London.
‘I had seen Asin in a couple of big South films and
really liked her work. I was looking for someone who
could essay a beautiful Iyer girl, adept at both
classical and western dance, and yet look like she is
been born and bred in London. I signed her even before
the first promo of Ghajini came on television. Taking a
newcomer opposite two big stars was a risk but I was
confident of her and followed my instinct. When Ghajini
clicked, I knew I had made the right decision.’ Shah
spoke of his leading lady. Asin was even offered Wanted
but the role eventually went to Ayesha, Salman Khan had
said, “Ayesha was meant for wanted and Asin for London
Dreams, they both justify their roles and were meant to
be a part of these films only.”