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Balancing act between music and engineering
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
There are people in this world who have been talented singers by following music theoretically and practically while there are some who are born with talent.
Out of all, Hiran Kariyawasam is one unique kind of a singer who identified the real rhythm of music.
“At the moment I am employed at the Sampath Bank as a software engineer and we are planning on putting out the theme song ‘Numba Heensiruwen’ done under the Tune Video Production,” he added.

The theme song will be sung by myself including Sachintha Devanarayana, Anupama Katulanda along with 10 members of Derana Dream Star team.
“We have already completed the audio track and we are working on the video right now which we are hoping to release by next month,” said Hiran.

According to Hiran his hometown is Bandarawela and at the moment he is residing in Kelaniya.
“I studied at the Bandarawela Central College and followed the Maths stream for my Advanced Level (A/L) examination,” he added.
Hiran further emphasised that after his A/L examination he attended Colombo University and followed computer science.

“I followed classes near Kasun Kalhara while I was an undergraduate at the campus and afterwards I joined with Romesh and Lakshan to further develop my music career,” he said.
According to Hiran his first song was ‘Bambari’ which was a classic.
“The lyrics were by Kelum Srimal and the music was done by Kasun Kalhara. The song was out in the year 2006,” he added.

Hiran further emphasised that the song is about love though it talks of a rare side that is not mostly touched by many other writers or singers.
“It is about a girl seeking love from many lovers and ultimately ruining her life,” he said.
The second song which Hiran sang was ‘Kiyu De’ which was written by Nandana Wickramage and music done by Romesh.
“The theme of this song is also about love and we are still working on the video together with the green effect,” said Hiran.

He further added that the song is all about the feelings that a boy gets when he gets attracted to a girl and about the feelings which he could never express.
“We are hoping to out the video within the next one or two months,” he added.
According to Hiran he has been involved in music from his childhood and he has engaged in many concerts and in literary festivals while in school.

“I was also involved in singing while I was at the campus as well as at present at the bank,” said Hiran.
Hiran further emphasised that he took part in the ‘Sirasa Superstar Season 3’ and was out of the competition at the third round.
“I was out when it came to the choosing of last 100 competitors,” he said.
In further carrying out his conversation with the TV guide he stated that he has four members in his family including himself.

“I receive an immense support from my family. Especially to be mentioned is my mother Thalatha Gunawardhane who is a vice principal and my father K.H.P. Jayatissa who is a sports director and my sister Lakmali Kariyawasam who is out of the country at the moment,” he added.
He further stated that he also receives good support from his girl friend Sureka Gunasekera as well as from all of his friends.

Concluding his conversation with the TV guide he stated that he has plans on singing about motherly virtues in the future with lyrics of Rambukana Siddhartha Thero.


‘Sri Lankan life’ attracts best participation

By Dyan Pathiravithana
The recently concluded talent show ‘Sri Lankan Life’ can easily be confirmed as the show that attracted the best participation of both singers and instrumentalist. Until the very end both categories showcased the best of amateur talent of Sri Lanka. It was a stiff climax too, with such endowed competitors to choose a winner out of. It was a well organised show from beginning to end.

The most important factor leading to create such a great competition were the performances given by both categories of artists. In the end one of the judges made the comment that the category for percussionists was a fantastic idea because for the first time it brought out musicians who performed their own creations not only in music but even instruments some that were improvisations, even though presented so articulately. The piece that won them first place was made out of a local theme of “bambara kapuma” done with piano and local ‘hewisi’ and folk dance. That performance was out of this world. Both winners and runners up being so skillful even though they were so young was the epitome of it all. And for the first time the field that looked empty suddenly was swarming with so much capacity and it was very encouraging.

The field of young singers who participated too would have encouraged those in the industry because they were not only talented but were students of the art who knew what they were up to. They held the audience spellbound at times with renderings of most difficult songs in the classical field and also Sri Lankan and Indian folk music, which was appreciated by seniors who were brought in as observers. Both, girls and boys who took part either were students of music who had completed a fair share of their syllabus or on their way. It was a good thing to note that these students came from many backgrounds but had one thing in common that was the support they received from their parents. The schools of fine art that the government has set up around the country can take the accolade nurturing this talent and offering them to the public. Many veteran musicians having taken some of them under their wings without hesitation to polish them up: This is all very encouraging and should excite up and coming artists who are interested in getting into the field. With such advent this profession has been driven into wider lucrative scopes and that is cheering.

Derana Dream Star – Season 2 in full swing
Derana Dream Star, one of the most popular reality shows in Sri Lanka, has now reached the Final 13, where some of the best amateur singers battle it out to reach the top. In this Final Stage, the contestants will perform based on different themes each week.
One contestant will be eliminated each week, based on an SMS voting system.
The Grand Finale will take place in early April.
The judging panel consists of the likes of veteran musicians; Keerthi Pasqual, Rohana Bogoda & Nirosha Virajini, with popular actor Amila Abeysekara as host. Watch TV Derana every Saturday & Sunday at 8.30 pm to witness Sri Lanka’s newest singing sensations.
Final 14 Contestants

1. Nimesh Chamika - 21 Years - Walana, Panadura
2. Viraj Abeysinghe - 20 Years - Hettimulla, Kegalle
3. Nimanthi Chamodini – 20 Years - Mahara, Kadawatha
4. Janith Dilruk 21 Years - Jayabima, Chilaw
5. Dinesh Tharanga 19 Years - Kadirana, Negombo
6. Kasun Madushanka 19 Years - Kotugoda, Gampaha
7. Eranga Jayawardena 25 Years - Podampe, Ratnapura
8. Anushka Madhubhasini 20 Years - Dewata, Galle
9. Udesh Manoj 22 Years - Walahanduwa, Galle
10. Nuwan Marasinghe 21 Years - Na Ula, Matale
11. Upeka Nirmani 18 Years - Negombo
12. Dulaj Dhanushka 18 Years - Ulhitiyawa, Wennappuwa
13. Rangana Jayasanka 16 Years - Naththandiya, Puttalam


Tabu is back with comedy
Last seen with a full-fledged role in R. Balki’s ‘Cheeni Kum’ in 2007, Tabu will finally be seen on the big screen in Ramesh Taurani’s comic caper, ‘Toh Baat Pakki’.

Tabu has been missing from the B-town scene for a while now. There has been buzz that the actress has been preparing herself for her two upcoming films – ‘The Legend of Kunal’, being directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, and Soumik Sen’s ‘Gulab Gang’, also starring Raveena Tandon and Shahana Goswami. Recently there were rumours that Tabu has been roped in Abhay Deol’s production venture ‘Basra’, in which she will be seen in a negative role.

However, Tabu will finally be seen on the big screen in Ramesh Taurani’s upcoming comedy ‘Toh Baat Pakki’ alongside Sharman Joshi and Vatsal Seth. The film has been directed by talented Marathi film writer-director Kedar Shinde, who stormed the Marathi box office with ‘Agabai Arrechya’, ‘Jatra’, ‘Majha Navra Tujhi Baiko’ and ‘Galgale Nighale’. The film is based in a B-town centre of India and carries the mentalities and the true essence of the ‘Great Indian middle class’. Tabu plays Rajeshwari, a quintessential Indian middle-class woman, who is married to a bank employee for the past 7 years and has two children. She is out to find a groom for her younger sister. The film will see her in an all new look altogether.

New Kid on the Block: Sanna Chirawawala
Sanna has already made her presence felt on the ramp and several commercials. The newbie actress will now be seen in Karan Johar’s ‘I hate luv stories’.
Hailing from Nagpur, Sanna began as a model and walked the ramp for designers like Rohit Verma. In the year 2007, she won the title of Santoor Miss Maharashtra Best Body. After moving to Mumbai, Sanna joined Anupam Kher’s acting classes and got her big break by winning NDTV Imagines ‘Knights’ and ‘Angels’. When asked about the type of movies Sanna sees herself doing, she says, “I do not like emotional and violent films. I would prefer to do something fun, so I would choose comedy.” Her best assets, according to her, are her hips and curves, as Sanna is a trained belly dancer. “Being sexy means everything to me. Especially for my career, it is everything.”

Her favourite actor is Sanjay Dutt, and Sanna cannot wait to share screen space with him. When quizzed about her thoughts on the casting couch, Sanna shares a certain experience laughingly, “I had gone for a modelling assignment, and the designer asked me to sleep with him to get the show. He is a very big designer, and I was shocked when he said it straight out. He just said, ‘Listen girl, if you sleep with me, I will get you where you want to be.’”

According to Sanna, all Bollywood actresses are artificial on screen. “In fact, even if I see myself on screen, I would say I am not like that in real life,” she says. A Bollywood director Sanna would want to work with is, she says, David Dhawan. “I would not compromise my principles, but it is my dream to work with him,” she quips.

Sanna will be seen on the big screen in Karan Johar’s production venture ‘I hate Love Stories’, directed by Puneet Malhotra. The film stars Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan, and is one of the most anticipated flicks of the year. The shooting is on the way. It is a sweet, romantic comedy. “It is a brief role, but it is a big deal for me. To start my Bollywood career with Dharma Productions is a big thing, and it is definitely a good sign for my future projects to come,” Sanna says.