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|New sounds for the New Year
Dinesh Subasinghe in India
I am involved in my further studies in music at the KM Music
Conservatory in India. I was nominated as the Best Music
Director for the Year 2008 at the Signis International
Catholic Organisation for Cinema (OCIC) awards ceremony held
at the John De Silva theatre on December 15. The award was
for the song which I composed for the tele drama ‘Siri
Sirimal’ directed by Sunil Costa. The story was based on the
world renowned Tom Sawyer novel. My mother attended the
function and received the award for me.
My life in
I saw A.R.Rahman. I spoke to him and at present I study
under him. I gave my newly released compact discs (CDs) to
him. (‘Rawan Nada’ and ‘Feel My Heart’). A.R. Rahman was
extremely happy about my talents.
I got an opportunity to play some recordings in his
studio. The studio is famous in Chennai as the A M Studio. I
got the opportunity of meeting Das Daniel. He is one of the
main musicians who coordinate with cinema musicians in South
India. He saw my talent and gave me the opportunity to play
for Tamil and Telugu movie music composed by G.V. Pragash
(nephew of A R Rahman).
After that recording lots of musicians were content with
my playing and they invited me to join the South Indian Cine
Musicians Union (SICMU). It is a powerful and a strong union
in India and I became one of their members. Humbly I feel
proud of becoming one of their members because I am the
first ever Sri Lankan artiste to become one of their
In my school where I am studying I get a lot of
facilities to learn what I want. All the lecturers are
Americans and Europeans. I study music history, music
theory, music appreciation, audio technology, sight singing,
Choir together with violin as my major instrument. I master
Hindustan music, music listening and Celtic music as
My teachers are highly recommended people in music
teaching and performing.
My history and harp teacher Miss Alison from United States
of America (USA) played a major role in ‘Slumdog
Millionaire’ movie as an assistant musician. Miss Elide
Martin is an amazing cellist who played the cello for the
‘Yuvvraaj’ movie which Katrina Kaif played the main role as
a cellist. She has also played for many compositions of A R
Rahman and many symphonies. My violin teachers are Joshua
Pollock from England and George from USA. Both of them are
main figures who have performed a lot of recordings for
Rahman. Maestro Hindustan vocalist named Mrs Shruthi who
teaches us Hindustani music. My theory teacher is Michael
Paul from USA.
A.R Rahman’s idea is to make his music school (KM Music
Conservatory) similar to ‘Julliat’ in USA someday. Rahman
also has a plan of making a strong symphony orchestra in the
school. Those two ideas are his biggest dreams at the moment
to be achieved.
I met the veteran singer S.P. Balasubramaniam and Rahman’s
drummer the world reknowned percussionist Sivamani.
I met M.Kalyan and Narasimhan who play all the major
solos for A.R Rahman and Illayaraja. I also met Srinivasa
Murthy, Rahman’s conductor and Shekar, Rahman’s main
cellist. They are my friends now and I performed tracks with
them. After my performance they were very happy about my
I should deliver my sincere gratitude to president, Mahinda
Rajapaksa, Ven. Atururuliye Rathna thero, my parents,
friends and media for helping me out to achieve my goals up
I did my first composition in India in the beginning of
last December. That was for an upcoming Sirasa Television
(TV) teledrama ‘Sundarai Premaya’ directed by Chandrarathna
Mapitigama. The title song of the drama will be sung by
Sahil Jeeth Sing and Priya Andrews with the KM Conservatory
chorus. They all are A.R Rahman’s students. The track will
be arranged by Rachintan Trivedi who is a genius in piano
playing. For the first time in my career I included
harmonica to my music which is played by Anand Veer Singh
and this is going to be my first composition sung by my
I met a sister in my life for the first time in a Rakhi
festival held last year. She is Priya Andrews a
granddaughter of real legendary ‘Jodha Akbar’. At the moment
my self, Priya and Sahil along with some other are planning
and working to start on a new pop band. We are musically
working for that now.
I am continuing my Sri Lankan recordings in India.
Sriyani Amarasena’s new tele drama, Sunjaya Nirmal, Sunil
Costa, Joseph Jerome and Mapitigama’s new productions are
still in the list to be worked on. I hope it will be a new
experience and new sound for all my fans to be heard in this
New Year from me.
Dinesh Subasinghe could be contacted through, email@example.com
and through mobile number 077 655426 or 00 91 9962312584
|Maestro of three flutes
There are some musicians who like to experiment with music
while there are some others who prefer to experiment with
the musical instruments. Indika Ranjith Lakmal is also one
of them who loved to experiment with the instrument which he
“I made three flutes, one made out of a bamboo reed another
made out of a mango tree branch and another out of the
candle wax,” said Lakmal.
Lakmal further emphasised that
these three flutes were made by him according to one of his
own ideas for the first time in Sri Lanka.
“The flute which was made out of bamboo reed is six feet
long and it is a bit hard to play because you have to place
your fingers far apart,” he added.
According to Lakmal the two other flutes which he made
are two feet long.
“The one which is made out of a mango tree branch has to be
played by blowing the branch and the other which is made out
of candle wax could be played when the candle is lit at the
other end,” he said.
Lakmal further stated that any kind of a song which is being
played by using a normal flute could also be played using
the above three flutes.
“The only differences on the above three are that the tone
pitch will vary when compared to a normal flute,” said
It has been more than a year that these creations have
been done by Lakmal and he further stated that he is looking
ahead in creating new innovations using the flute in the
Lakmal is an old boy of the Ibbagamuwa Madya Maha Vidyalaya
“I followed music as a subject for both my ordinary level
and advanced level examinations and I was involved in so
many music related events in school,” he added.
Lakmal further emphasised that he was at the Rajarata
University from 2001 up to 2004 and there too he was
involved in many musical concerts such as in ‘Vaa Diya Nilla’
arts festival in 2002.
According to Lakmal he is an active member of the orchestra
of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) since year
2000 and performs with musical instruments such as organ,
violin and guitar.
“I have mastered both Western and Eastern music while I have
studied music under Priyantha Dissanayake,” said Lakmal.
Lakmal has completed his visharada degree in bhath kanda
in the year 2006 at the Sangeeth Khendraya in Colombo.
“I have contributed myself as a flute player in almost 15
teledramas and to name a few are ‘Ridi Tharaka’ which
telecasts now on Independent Television Network (ITN),
‘Gahanu Lamai’ which telecasts on Sirasa Tv at present,
‘Sihina Wasanthayak’ which was telecast on Sirasa TV
including many others,” he added.
“I am hoping to start one of my own arts institutes
within this year and to be involved in new music creations,”
Concluding his conversation with the TV Guide he stated that
he would like to deliver his sincere gratitude to
H.B.Ratnayake, Mallika Weerakkody, Nadeera Udukumbura,
V.Hemapala Perera, Harsha Makalanda, Priyantha Dasanayake,
Nawarathna Gamage, Jayalath Manorathne, Rodney Warnakula,
his family and friends, his uncle Vijayabandara, Kapila
Hettiarachchi along with Bibiladeniye Mahanama thero.
Indika Lakmal could be contacted through 077 6680616.
acquires the rights of Kadhai
|Sasikumar who was successful as a director, actor,
producer and distributor has now acquired the Madurai area
rights of the film ‘Kadhai’. Shan, a software engineer from
America has done the lead role. Mogamul Abhishek has
directed this film. Rajan Radhakrishnan who had earlier
produced films like Nandha and Mounam Pesiyadhe has produced
this film ‘Kadhai’.
This film is about the shocking incidents that take place in
life of a person who has won the Booker prize. The film crew
has challenged that no one can foretell the story as well
the 20 minutes climax scene. Since Sasikumar himself has
acquired the rights of the film, it should be true what the
|For many Bollywood stars, ushering in the New Year with
their loved ones was more important than dancing as an ‘item
girl’ at an event meant for common revellers. But some of
the stars did not want to sit at home with their families
and watch television (TV).
They wanted to rake in the moolah, and while Celina Jaitley
and Koena Mitra might have shimmy-shimmy-ed at events across
the city, it was Bipasha Basu’s scintillating act at a
suburban hotel that had all the security of the city in
A source present at the event at Sahara Star
hotel, Mumbai, says she was certainly the
piece-de-resistance of the evening. She came on stage for
barely 15 minutes, performing to songs from her films
‘Race’, ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’ and ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ – but she
had the audience going crazy with her jhatkas.
She had a few costume changes to fit the part of her
song-and-dance routine – as easily fitting into a short
dress as she got into a lehenga. She performed her number
before midnight, and was back in the green room to usher in
the New Year with her family and boyfriend John Abraham on
Nevertheless, worth her time, she raked in a reported Rs.2
crore for a fifteen-minute performance, which is not what
the other starlets can even hope to demand in Bollywood.
Bipasha has been around for a decade now, and even when
the films are not going too strong for her, seems her image
as a sexy superstar is enough to get her the cash. And why
should she not cash in on it?
|Rani in Deepa
|There is a strong buzz that Rani Mukherjee is a part of
Deepa Mehta’s next film based on Salman Rushdie’s
Booker-winning book ‘Midnight’s Children’.
After ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ bombed at the box office,
everybody pretty much wrote off Rani, who worked real hard
to make her big comeback. The advertisers pulled her out of
their contracts and with no work in her hands, Rani made her
television debut with judging ‘Dance India Dance’. However,
after director Deepa Mehta, who last directed the Priety
Zinta-starrer ‘Heaven on Earth’, announced her next film to
be an adaptation of Booker winning writer Salman Rushdie’s
‘Midnight’s Children’, her hunt for the lead actress had
begun. Sources say she recently invited Rani to Toronto, and
they had a meeting over the script and the role. Deepa, who
has always been in awe of Rani, had Rushdie giving her the
thumbs-up for Rani to essay the lead role in the film.
Recently, Deepa spoke about Rani, saying, ‘I have always
wanted to work with Rani in the past. I saw her work in ‘Hey
Ram’, ‘Black’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ and in ‘Veer-Zaara’ and
loved it. She is among the best talents in India today.
Whether it is Preity Zinta (Heaven On Earth), Shabana Azmi
(Fire) or Seema Biswas (Water), I have always enjoyed
working with strong, female actors.’ However, Deepa
rubbished rumours of Rani being confirmed for the role,
saying, ‘Yes, Salman Rushdie and I met her informally in
Toronto, but nothing has been finalised.’ However, a source
says otherwise, “Deepa has made up her mind and cannot wait
to start working with Rani in the near future. Rani, on the
other hand, wants to do something substantial and
hard-hitting such as ‘Black’ and ‘Veer Zaara’, and is tired
of people putting her down for her past mistakes.