TV Guide Magazine
MORE THAN A REALITY SHOW
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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
|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.
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’”
4. “Smooth Criminal”
5. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough”
7. “They Don’t Care About Us”
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”
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
|Saif and Bebo
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.