TV Guide Magazine
At the top of their game
|By Shabna Cader
with all the new and upcoming radio stations on a roll, it
comes as no surprise that Y FM remains unaffected and at the
top of their game. Since its inauguration four years ago on
December 1, they have continued to keep the Sri Lankan youth
inspired, attentive to the music they play with much
flamboyant attitude and spunk. Tv Guide spoke to Thanuja
Jayawardena from Y FM and the following are excerpts from
Q What makes Y FM a hit amongst the youngsters?
A The first thing is that the staff we’ve got are all
youngsters who represent the youth. Furthermore our on air
programmes, our music and outdoor promotions are very unique
and are specifically catered to the youth market. That’s
what makes us a cut above the rest.
Q How far has Y FM come since it started off four years
A The brand image of Y FM is now embedded in the heart
of the youth. The channel is now a part and parcel of their
life, almost like a friend. Now we find that most brands
that are advertising to a youth market are on board with Y
FM. Also, we had over 25,000 people between the ages of 16
and 28 coming in for each of our outdoor events in 2009,
establishing the fact that Y FM is in fact the youth
Q Did the radio station have a sort of celebration in its
A We celebrated our anniversary on December 1 in a very
charming manner. We have consistently been involved in CSR
projects along with the youth every year since our
conception. For the Avurudhu this year we gave food to the
soldiers who were on duty on the streets. In the first year,
the Y club donated essential items to the Maharagama Cancer
Hospital. The next year we had a project with a kids and
elders home for Christmas along with popular artistes.
This year we donated expensive but essential items to the
cancer hospital. We believe in the importance of setting an
example. This year we also had the FPL Cricket Carnival and
the Kottu Night in October and November respectively. Our
next big event is the Youth Carnival at Bandarawela in view
of our anniversary, and it will without a doubt be the
biggest event of this year for us.
Q What kind of plans does Y FM have for the next year,
which would be the fifth year since its run?
A Next year we hope to focus on three themes--
Education, Entertainment and Energy. We will have many
events such as workshops and seminars for those who are
doing their O/Levels and A/Levels and also career guidance
seminars for school leavers. Y FM also hopes to have many
sports events and carnivals, focussing on the energy of the
youth. And on the entertainment side, we will, as we always
do, create new concepts and shows to entertain our avid
Q What are the latest trends in music and how different
are the listeners today from the beginning?
A Y FM is always in tune with what’s new not just in the
local but in the global arena as well. Our DJ’s are
constantly on the lookout for new trends that are hitting
the airwaves and we incorporate these ideas and trends in
the structure of our shows and in the music we play. As for
our listeners, we are able to say that we have a great
number. As I mentioned earlier, the turnout for any of our
outdoor promotions are a testimony to this. Since we are in
tune with the mindset of the youth, they respond very well
to us and have grown in numbers.
Q What does it take to make a radio station a hit amongst
the up and coming generation and of course new and hip radio
A Y FM, as the name may suggest, is a youth channel. Our
ability to truly understand our young listeners is our
strength. We know the likes and dislikes of the youth, we
talk about issues and matters that are of importance to
them, we are interactive, creative and bring to them the
very best in music not just on air but also through our
outdoor promotions that we have had around the country.
|Legend having his 1400th ‘Saa’
One of the legends in the Sri Lankan music industry, Victor
Ratnayaka is having his 1400 ‘Saa’ solo singing concert on
December 15 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International
Conference Hall (BMICH) at 6.30 p.m. A special media
briefing was held in relation to this concert at the Hilton
Colombo Residencies recently.
Addressing the gathering,
group director, electronic media business, Maharaja
Television and Maharaja Broadcasting Corporation (MTV/MBC),
Nedra Weerasinghe stated that Victor Ratnayaka has gathered
immense fame during the past 36 years in keeping the ‘Saa’
concert going continuously.
She further stated that this is a fabulous opportunity that
the Sirasa media network has received and they are hoping to
do their best in keeping this concert in a distinct manner.
Commenting at the same gathering, Victor Ratnayaka stated
that the ‘Saa’ concert was first hosted at the Lumbini
Theatre in Havelock Town on July 20, 1973.
“I received a lot of responses from the audience from the
very first concert that I had. I never imagined that I will
receive such a big response,” he added.
Ratnayaka further emphasised that he was very proud after
his first concert.
“There were not many radio channels those days like today
though my concert was extremely popular among the public.
There were prominent musicians such as Somapala Ratnayaka,
the late M.K. Roxsamy along with newcomers to the field of
music who are veteran musicians at present such as Rohana
Weerasinghe, Edward Jayakody, Sunil Edirisinghe among the
people who assisted me a lot throughout my concerts,” he
Ratnayaka further emphasised that he would like to
deliver his heart felt gratitude to songstresses such as
Neranjala Sarojini and late Malani Bulathsinhala along with
KDK Dharmawardhane, late Premakeerthi De Alwis for
supporting him in singing duets as well as in writing
striking lyrics for the songs which he sang.
According to Ratnayaka there is a fabulous story behind
the name ‘Saa’ which is used for the concert up to now.
“The name was an invention of one of my colleagues named
Chinthana Jayasena which brought enormous luck and fame for
all of my concerts,” he said.
There are going to be a varied collection of songs at the
1400th ‘Saa’ concert which will add songs such as motherly
virtues, Buddha’s virtues, children songs, love songs along
with many others.
Addressing the same gathering, channel head of Sirasa FM,
S.M.Marikkar stated that he was not even born when Ratnayaka
first started the ‘Saa’ concert.
“As the number one television channel in the country, Sirasa
media network is extremely proud to sponsor the ‘Saa’
concert,” said Marikkar.
Coming in to a conclusion, Ratnayaka stated that he has
already planned the 1401st ‘Saa’ concert to be staged in the
|Priyanka is an
|Priyanka has completed the Thailand schedule of
Siddharth Anand’s ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ opposite Ranbir Kapoor.
She talks about the film.
‘I am so happy to be home after three weeks of shooting in
Thailand for ‘Anjaana Anjaani’, yet I cannot wait to get
back to work. That is just me; I cannot sit still, but I
cherish the little time I get to spend at home with my
family,’ says Priyanka.
About the movie, she says,
‘‘Anjaana Anjaani’ is a true-love story and not a romantic
comedy. It is sweet, irreverent and romantic, which is why
people will identify with it. The movie is unlike anything I
have been part of, and I cannot reveal anything more.’
Priyanka loves Thailand. In fact, her first holiday in six
years was spent there. ‘I love Thailand and South East Asia.
I especially love the food, and I ate like a starved person.
From red curry to green curry to noodles, soup and seafood,
I ate it all. Thank God for my speedy metabolism. And, I
have to pat myself on the back for working out diligently.
Everyone knows I hate working out at the gym, but I pushed
myself, and I am proud of it,’ recalls PC.
The next schedule of ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ will take her to
North America. ‘We will leave in a few days to shoot across
the United States. It will be very cold there, but I am
Priyanka already has something to look forward to in
2010, and that is the release of ‘Pyaar Impossible’. She
looks super hot and adorable in the promos. ‘I am so happy
with the great feedback Alisha has got. I cannot wait for
everyone to see it,’ she signs off.
|PAA - Now at
Amitabh Bachchan is playing the
role of a son, while his son ‘Abhishek’ is playing the
Big B will appear in a phenomenal look, which is sure to
drag many viewers to the theatre.
Movie lovers are quite excited to watch both father (Amitabh)
and son (Abishek) in the same movie.
The story is about a 13 year old boy who suffers from
Progeria, a terminal disease. A deep research has been done
about this disease. Kids affected by this problem become
bald and their veins are shown prominently on their heads
which enlarge to a size beyond normal. Their teeth and eyes
are also affected because of this disease. Big B has to
stick many pieces of clay to get the exact look on his face
and spent more than 4 hours for make up and cannot eat or
drink once the make up is done and also shaved off the hair
on his head and hands so that the veins will be clearly
seen. It is also that he cannot move even an inch once the
make up is done.
The movie portrays a father and son relationship.
Stephen Dupuis who did Robin William’s make up in Mrs.
Doubtfire has been roped in as a make-up artist to give a
phenomenal look to Big B.
Paa is a direction of R.Balakrishnan (Balki) and music is
composed by Ilayaraaja. Paa is produced under Amitabh
Banner, AB Corporation and Reliance Big Entertainment and
also stars his son Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh
Rawal, Arundhati Naag along with Harman Baweja.