TV Guide Magazine
|Balancing act between music and
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,”
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
According to Hiran his first song was ‘Bambari’ which was a
“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
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
“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
“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
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
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.
Star – Season 2 in full swing
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
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
|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.