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Hair & Make-up : Ramzi Rahaman - of Ramzi’s Saloon
Location : Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Brains and looks spell success
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 2009.

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 people.

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 aviation.
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
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
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 lyricist.
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 various themes.
“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 ones love.

“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 chanting pirith.
“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 social backgrounds.
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 Negombo Beach
 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 FM.


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 Super Star’!


Aamir Khan 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 Priyadarshan.

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.

Namitha in 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.

Asin’s London Dreams
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.”