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New sounds for the New Year
By 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 India
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 members.

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 secondary subjects.

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 talent.
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 to now.

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 Indian friends.

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, music.dinesh@gmail.com and through mobile number 077 655426 or 00 91 9962312584

Maestro of three flutes
By Sarashi Samarasinghe

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 specialised in.
“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 Lakmal.

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 near future.
Lakmal is an old boy of the Ibbagamuwa Madya Maha Vidyalaya in Kurunegala.
“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,” said Lakmal.
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.

Sasikumar 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 crew said.


Bipasha’s 2010 extravaganza
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 tangles.

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 her phone.
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 Mehta’s film
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.