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By Sarashi Samarasinghe

There are many so called reality programmes in Sri Lanka where among those ‘Sri Lankan Life’ is some kind of an innovative creation of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).
“‘Sri Lankan Life’ is something much more than just a normal reality show where we are trying to make so many of our participants prominent while demonstrating their talents in the small screen to the local audience,” stated creative director, Sri Lankan Life Programme, Mahesh Nishshanka.
According to Nishshanka they are not only concentrating over the singers through their programme where they are also giving space to musicians as well.

“What we are trying to do is that we are trying to bring out the hidden talents of our youth into the limelight, especially to popularise the ones who have been assisting us up to now behind the stage,” stated Nishshanka.
The ‘Sri Lankan Life’ was started on December 14 last year and they are hoping to conclude it by December 27 this year.
“We gave publicity for the talented youth from age 16 to 35 who are able to sing and to perform music,” said Nishshanka.

According to Nishshanka they have had some of their preliminary rounds at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) where they chose the last 100 singers along with the last 100 musicians and later on they deducted it to 50 each.
“Now we are carrying the 43rd programme and after another seven rounds we would be choosing the last four participants of this programme,” he said.

There have been 17,000 to 18,000 applications for this programme in the beginning. The applications have been received from various parts of the island though now there is an intense battle between the participants who are representing cities such as Matara, Ampara, Kaduwela, Kelaniya, Negombo and Wennappuwa.
“We are hoping to give luxury vehicles to the winners as gifts and all the singers who would get chosen for the final round will be graded artists of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC),” said Nishshanka.
According to Nishshanka this was one of the creative concepts of the chairman of the SLRC, Ariyaratne Athugala.

The singers who were chosen for the final round are Ishanka Priyadarshani, Lasantha Roshan, Senani Panchamadhuri, Eranda Pathum, Thushara Dhananjaya, Prabhath Akalanka, Minura Yasas, Naduni Udara Kariyapperuma, Lahiru Warnakulasooriya, Priyanwada Madhubhashini, Nishshanka Sisira and Chalani Nayanarasi.

The musicians who got chosen for the final round are Chirantha Sanjaya and Nalin Thushara, Nasitha Kasun Bandara and Tharinda Lakruwanbandara, Hasin Nimalka and Yasas Tharandu, Chaminda Ramanayake and Thanara Kasun Cooray, Janitha Chathuranga and Shane Vass along with Eshan Denipitiya and Nupathi Nilambara.

Commenting over the same programme, programme producer, Sumith Dissanayake stated that the musicians who take part in this programme will participate in pairs.
“The situation at the moment is that the veteran musicians and singers in Sri Lanka have come up to back these new comers and this programme has made most of the children inspire to learn music,” said Dissanayake.
The judge board includes Ruwan Weerasekera, Jananath Warakagoda and Indika Upamali.
Concluding his conversation with The TV Guide Dissanayake stated that ‘Sri Lankan Life’ is a programme that is something beyond the star level which caters to a higher level audience.

Pic by Thushara Dassanayake


In remembrance of the 22nd death anniversary of the Late Sri Lankan Music Legend Kalaasuri H.R Jothipala, some of his immortal songs have been reproduced and have been made available on an audio CD format.

This production, consisting of 21 songs, features the 20 greatest hits of H R Jothipala. The CD also includes a tribute song [lyrics by Dr. Vicumpriya Perera] to H R Jothipala. Music direction has been done by several leading artistes and musicians [Sangeeth Wickaramasingha, Ananda Waidiyasekara and the popular band Seeduwa Sakura] contributing generously towards the recreation of the musical tracks. All 21 songs are vocalised by Nalin Jayawardena. Duets were sung by Santhuri Waidiyasekara, a 16 year old from Gampaha.

Jayawardena was the first Sri Lankan artiste who made a Sinhala song CD available on the internet to be downloaded free of charge at http://netcd.lankaderana.com. In that endeavour, he was supported by his brother Rohan Jayawardena and the premiere Sinhala music site www.sinhalajukebox.org on its production and delivery.

The 21 songs in this CD titled “UPAHARA SIHIWATANA” has been produced with a variety of styles in mind: some are recreated to be felt as a live stage performance, some are almost closer to the originals with high quality recording using the same musical arrangements and instrumentations while the others are modified versions to suit the current musical trends and tastes.

The songs are now available to be downloaded through www.amazon.com, and will also be distributed free of charge in Sri Lanka, a limited number of copies will be available for distribution among expatriates. Any fan who is interested in obtaining a free copy please email to naljaya@iinet.net.au with your name and postal address. Radio Stations, Sri Lankan musical websites, media outlets, and
various facilities that cater to Sri Lankan web presence are hereby invited to contact Jayawardena for complementary copies for broadcasting and public performance.

The creators of this CD would like to thank and pay tribute to all of the original artists and musicians who contributed their valuable talents in creating the original songs featured in this CD and allowing their creations to be brought forward to the next generation of Sinhala music lovers. It was found difficult to contact the original artists personally due to lack of information available through regular channels of there whereabouts.


Michael Jackson’s This Is It
EAP Film & Theatres present at Liberty cinema
Released from November 5

On March 5, 2009 at the O2 Arena, Jackson announced that he was to perform 10 concert performances as part of a comeback.Jackson suggested possible post-show retirement: “I just wanted to say that these will be my final show performances in London. When I say this is it, it really means this is it”.On March 11, two days before pre-sale began, an extra 40 dates, totaling to 50 tour dates, were added to meet high demand—five of these dates were reserved in their entirety for the public sale. Jackson’s 50 dates would make the concerts the longest residency at the arena. In May, 2009, the tour was originally set to have begun on July 8, 2009, and finished on March 6, 2010. On May 20, 2009, it was announced that the first concert would be pushed back by five days to July 13, and three other July dates would be rescheduled for March, 2010. AEG Live stated that the delay was necessary because more time was needed to prepare, mainly for dress rehearsals. The revised schedule called for 27 shows between July 13, and September 29, 2009, followed by a three month break, and resuming in 2010, with 23 more shows between January 7, and March 6, 2010.

The This Is It concert tour would have been Jackson’s first major performances and series of concerts since the History World Tour that began in 1996 and finished in 1997. In preparation for the concerts, Jackson had been collaborating with multiple well known and high profile figures, such as clothing designer Christian Audigier, who would have served as the tours costume’s designer; Kenny Ortega, who would have served as his choreographer, Rushka Bergman, who would have served as his personal stylist and creative consultant, and body builder Lou Ferrigno, who would have served as his personal trainer. On June 29, 2009, only days after Jackson’s death, AEG Live, the concert’s promoter, offered ticket holders two choices - to either get refunded all the money spent of their ticket(s) or to keep the ticket(s) as a ‘souvenir’ and ‘memento’ by receiving the printed ticket that Jackson had ‘supposedly’ designed himself.

The death of Jackson occurred after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2009. He was treated by paramedics at the scene, but was pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, stated that he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing but with a faint pulse, and administered CPR to no avail. While initial reports discussed the possible role of painkillers in Jackson’s death, attention later turned to the medications he reportedly took for insomnia, most notably the anesthetic propofol (Diprivan). On August 28, 2009, the Los Angeles County Coroner released an official statement saying that Jackson’s death was a homicide caused by the combination of drugs in his system. Before his death, Jackson reportedly had been administered propofol, lorazepam and midazolam. Law enforcement officials are conducting a manslaughter investigation of his personal physician, who has told investigators that he had been trying to wean Jackson off of propofol. Jackson’s memorial was held on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the London concerts just two days before his death, and was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people.

Songs featured in the film.

1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”
2. “Speechless”
3. “Bad”
4. “Smooth Criminal”
5. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough”
6. “Jam”
7. “They Don’t Care About Us”
8. “History”
9. “The Way You Make Me Feel”
10. “Human Nature”
11. “I Want You Back”
1. “The Love You Save”
2. “I’ll Be There”
3. “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”
4. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
5. “Thriller”
6. “Threatened”
7. “Who Is It”
8. “Beat It”
9. “Black or White”
10. “Earth Song”
11. “Billie Jean”
12. “Man in the Mirror”
13. “This Is It”



Prabhu Deva wants to marry Simbhu’s GF

Prabhu Deva roaming around with Nayanthara is an old story.
Recently we read an article in Thinathanthi that Prabhu Deva’s wife Ramalath wants to slap Nayan, if she finds Nayan along with her husband Prabhu Deva.

Even while Prabhu Deva married Ramalath, Deva’s family was upset as Ramalath was a supporting dancer by that time. Now Deva’s parents along with his brothers are worried, as they knew about Nayan and her gimmicks. They also know how she cheated Simbhu to the tune of few millions and has taken a BMW car for an overnight stay with a Telugu actor.

Ramalath’s interview and the response from Nayan have come in all news papers. The recent shocking news is that Prabhu Deva has met his wife Ramalath and sought permission to marry Nayan.
Deva’s parents are begging Ramalath not to give any kind of permission to this nasty thing and they are now supporting Ramalath in all means.

Ramalath has revealed shocking news is that Deva is ready to marry Nayan standing on the dead body of Ramalath and his children.

Saif and Bebo get intimate

The passionate liplock and never-before-seen intimate scenes between Saif Ali Khan and real-life girlfriend Kareena Kapoor have become the talk of the town and are generating immense buzz for the movie.
Kurbaan is not Saif and Kareena’s first film together as they have acted in LOC Kargil, Tashan and Omkara before, but they were not a couple at the time. Kurbaan is the first film they shot for after they got involved romantically. Saif says that there is much more to the film than the intimate scenes, which are an integral part of the narration. ‘They are bold, realistic and honest, just as the action is raw, edgy and bloody. The songs are genuinely Sufi, and the story is shocking and brutal.’

Saif is conscious that the couple may be accused of sensationalizing their romance, and since enough has been written about their holidays and rock-solid romance, people may not be excited by their on-screen chemistry. ‘In Kurbaan, Kareena and I are doing what we are best at. This (acting) is what we do to earn a living,’ Saif said.

Kareena has shown off her bare back in the posters and locked lips with Saif in the film. She says, ‘Karan and Rensil D’silva are like family, and I trusted them implicitly. The scenes have been tastefully shot, and it helped that Saif was my co-star. Otherwise, I would not have been this comfortable. The poster represents emotional violence and passion. My sister and mother are very excited about seeing the film and after Jab We Met and Omkara, Kurbaan is my personal favourite film.’

Tanisha goes to Hollywood

Tanisha failed miserably in Bollywood even though she poured out of itsy-bitsy bikinis in Neal ‘n’ Nikki. The untalented sister of the immensely talented Kajol has now landed a Hollywood indie-flick role.

A source tells us that the out-of-work Tanisha and her mother had accompanied Kajol to Los Angeles where she was shooting for My Name is Khan so that they could look after Nysa. While Tanisha was there, she met up with a few producers who saw her ‘body of work’ and decided to cast her in an independent movie. She gladly accepted the offer because she does not have any films in Bollywood to look forward to. One Two Three, which flopped was her last lead role, and she had a tiny part in Sarkar Raj.