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Max tv gives new inspiration to modelling
By Sarashi Samarasinghe

In comparison with other television (TV) channels, Max TV has started working on a new project, ‘Max Model of The Year 2010’ to give a new inspiration to the local model industry. The pageant started from December 12 showcasing the real talents of the youth in the country according to the architect of the programme, the special project manager of Stream Media, Samanthika Kumarasinghe.
Speaking to the TV Guide Kumarasinghe stated that they started this contest in November and they are hoping to conclude it by end February.

“We started calling for applications through media from November 1 and we saw a huge enthusiasm to this pageant from the youth island-wide,” stated Kumarasinghe.
According to Kumarasinghe they had received almost 300 to 350 applications for this show within a month.
“We received a lot of entries from the Kandy district and most of the applicants were newcomers into this filed,” she added.

She further stated that the only condition which they had stipulated to enter this competition was the age limit and it was from 18 years to 28 years.
Kumarasinghe further emphasised that they chose 200 applicants from all the entries which they received and had a workshop for them on December 12.
“The workshop was conducted by Salon Moods under the guidance of choreographer and lecturer of the pageant, Samantha Gunasekera together with dress designer and beautician, Jonny Gunasekera,” she added.
The ‘Max Model of the Year 2010’ includes three categories such as ‘Miss. Body Beauty and Mr. Handsome’, ‘Best Catwalk and Walk’ along with Mr. and Miss. Photogenic’.

The first round of the competition was held on December 19 with a judge panel which included beauticians and dress designers, Namal Vass and Jonny Gunasekera, former Miss. Working Girl, actress and songstress, Sanjeewani Weerasinghe, photographer, Mihira Bandara and super model Kelum Kularathne.
“We chose 100 in the first round out of the 200 participants who were chosen earlier. The 100 who were chosen from the first round were chosen according to their height, figure and educational background,” stated Kumarasinghe.

According to Kumarasinghe they are hoping to carry out another workshop in January for the next 100 participants who were chosen from the first round.
“At the workshop we are going to teach them in detail the guidelines for a model and afterwards we are hoping to choose 50 participants out of the 100. Then we plan to lessen the number up to 30 and looking forward in having a mini pageant with them,” she added.

The ‘Max Model of the Year 2010’ will have their final three segments with the 30 finalists who will be chosen from along with a short message service (SMS) campaign.
“We expect to choose ‘Max Model of the Year’ boy and girl along with the three runners up of Mr. Handsome and Miss. Body Beauty, Mr. Walk and Miss. Catwalk and the ‘Most Popular Max Model of the Year’ girl and boy which will be chosen from of the SMS votes from the audience,” said Kumarasinghe.

Commenting over the same pageant, programme manager, Max TV, Prageeth Madushan Peiris stated that they are celebrating their third anniversary of the Max TV on January 8 and beside that they re-launched the channel on September 1 by changing their logo and adding much more colour to their TV channel.
“According to our concept we always wanted to do a reality plus mega show and out of our total creations, one of it was the ‘Max Model of The Year 2010’ which we have named as “new modellers’ maiden modelling festival,” said Peiris.
According to Peiris this is going to be the first ever mega television experience for their viewers after the re-launch.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the managing director (MD) of the Max TV and Radio, Janaka Ramanayake, chairman of the MGM Organisation, Mahinda Ramanayake together with Deshapriya Cooray of Chemical Industries Colombo (CIC) and Sajith Madugalle of the Bayer Thai Company Limited (Ltd), Harcros for financially assisting us,” stated Peiris.
He also rendered his thanks to the official food and beverage (F&B) partners such as Chico, Shaa Mandarine and Sogo purified drinking water.

“We have received good responses from our viewers up to now for the programme and we are hoping to give away valuable gifts for the winners who win places at the final round,” said programme producer, Max TV, Layal Thisanka Edirisinghe.
He further stated that the Max TV is also looking forward in recruiting the winners as announcers and to get them involved in their future activities.

(Pix by Ravindra Dharmathilake)

NY Eve with Annesley and Super Chimes
For the second consecutive year Annesley and the Super Chimes together with Palm Beach Hotel Mount Lavinia will host the “New Year’s Eve Family Party” at the Palm Beach Hotel pool side. This year too families will be entertained with the ever popular and all time hits of yesteryear and the traditional New Year’s Eve hits. You will be able to dance and sing along with Annesley and his Super Chimes and enjoy a fabulous and delectable gala buffet specially prepared for you by the Master Chef of Palm Beach Hotel Patrick Phillips. Children too, will not be left out and they will be entertained by animators, clowns, face painting, games, bouncers, prizes and surprises and even a visit from Santa.

As parents today cannot leave the children and go out for dances, Palm Beach Hotel being a family oriented hotel will be the ideal place for parents with kids of all ages to be this year. The night club will be open for the teens and the supervised kiddies play area will provide ample entertainment for the young ones leaving the parents to enjoy this New Year’s Eve in grand style.

Annesley who has performed in many New Year’s Eve dances in Colombo and outstations has a wealth of experience in keeping the audience entertained by inviting the guest to sing along with him. The Super Chimes will also sing the old hits both Sinhala and English, where the entire audience can join in. The Super Chimes comprises of Chana Athalagey on lead guitar, Prashan Fernando on bass, Dilip Fernando on keyboards and Asha Fernando on drums.

This year Master Chef Patrick Philips plans to spread out an international buffet covering all varieties of cuisine to satisfy everyone’s pallet and taste buds. a BBQ corner, suckling pig, roast turkey, Sri Lankan corner are just a few of the treats awaiting for you, there will be entrance gifts and table draws and competitions, prizes and surprises and many more along with fireworks display.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 2,800 and Rs. 3,000 per person. Table of ten for Rs. 2,800 tickets will be entitled for a bottle of Red Label and chasers while a table of ten for the Rs. 3,000 tickets will be entitled for a bottle of Black Label, two bottles of wine and chasers. You can pre-order your requirements too with our discounted wine list specially thought out for you for the season.
For reservations and more information contact Niruda on 2712713.


A R Rahman Foundation releases Calendar 2010
This special 2010 calendar is produced by Worldlight, a subsidiary of Audio Media Education, in aid of the A R Rahman Foundation and features pictures of the musical genius A R Rahman.
The other significant feature of this desktop calendar is that it carries a number of thoughtful quotes from Rahman on universal themes such as Music, Language and Love.

The vision of the A R Rahman Foundation is to strive towards making poverty history.
As a first step towards achieving this vision, the foundation will set up educational institutions and provide world class, state-of-the-art infrastructure and education to underprivileged children who do not have the means to access and fund their education.

This will equip them with knowledge and skill sets to pursue specialised higher studies that will provide them career opportunities to build a secure future for themselves and their families.
The A R Rahman Foundation is presently providing free music education to 30 students from corporation schools in Chennai.

These students are being trained at the K M Music Conservatory by a world class faculty.
The Foundation aims to increase the intake of such students in the forthcoming years thereby extending the benefit of free music education to the truly deserving.
“At the Foundation, we know that there is no better investment than that in the education of children.” says Academy Award Winner A R Rahman.

Selva Kumar, a top-notch photographer in the entertainment domain and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Audio Media, has captured Rahman playing and enjoying music in a very interesting and unique way.
“A moment of giving is much greater than a moment of receiving. I am honoured to be associated with the A R Rahman Foundation. I believe each one of us should come forward and support this initiative.” says Selva Kumar Photographer and CEO, Audio Media Education India Private (Pvt) Limited (Ltd).

Yash Chopra raves about Rocket girl
Yash Chopra is more than proud to have chosen Gauhar Khan for ‘Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year’.
The film is doing well at the box office and who has stolen the limelight? It is none other than Gauhar Khan, as she has been much-appreciated for her act by one and all, including critics. Keeping this in mind along with Gauhar’s praiseworthy acting, Yash Chopra personally congratulated Gauhar for the movie.

Gauhar says, “My pleasure knew no bounds as soon as Yash ji appreciated me after watching the film. He had good things to say about my role and for me this is a big moment. And what came as an icing on the cake was when Rishi and Neetu Kapoor too came around to congratulate me.”
Yash Chopra said to Gauhar, ‘You have done a good job in this film and you are very sincere in your work, so keep up the good work.’

Though, when asked if this appreciation has been translated into any further movie deal with Yash Raj Films (YRF), Gauhar denied telling, “Not as of now; however, I would love to do a film if they consider me again for an interesting role like I played in Rocket Singh.”

Gauhar plays a receptionist in (Harpreet Singh) Ranbir Kapoor’s company. Amusingly, her character was kept under wraps and was revealed only after the release and that is when she started interacting with the media. Though Gauhar is not confident, her deal with YRF might not come as a surprise. Lately YRF has been very keen to have movies deals with newcomers, like Anushka Sharma from ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’.