Derana Dream Star –
aren’t underestimated on Derana Dream Star”
name : Dulaj Dhanushka Gayashan Fernando
Age : 18 years
Q: You are still schooling right?
A: Yes I am studying in the commerce stream at Joseph
Vaz School in Wennapuwa. I was planning to sit for the
Advanced Level (A/L) exam in 2010, but since I am now
completely focussed on Derana Dream Star, I have decided to
sit for the exam the following year.
Q: How old were you when you realised you had the
ability to sing?
A: When I was in grade four my teacher Suminda, noticed
my ability for music and singing and he encouraged me to
join the school choir. When I was in the school choir we
were able to win competitions at the different age
categories. I also joined the school band and played the
side drum. Being part of the church choir helped to improve
my singing ability.
Q: What other activities did you take part in school?
A: I took part in school dramas. I have also taken part
in miming workshops. I was keen on joining personality
development workshops as well.
Q: How did you come to enter Derana Dream Star?
A: Actually my mother saw an advert on Derana television
for applications for this particular show and encouraged me
to enter the competition.
Q: When there are so many reality shows, why did you
choose Derana Dream Star?
A: Our talents are not underestimated on Derana Dream
Star. That is the main reason. Even if we are eliminated we
can leave with our dignity intact. The judges truly care for
us and give us valuable advice for us to improve ourselves.
Another fact is that all the contestants on the show are
like a family, which I have not seen on any of the other
Q: Now that you have reached the top 10, do you think
the next rounds will be more competitive?
A: I am very happy of my journey up to this point in
this competition. Now that we are in the final stages of the
competition and all the competitors are extremely talented I
expect the contest to become very competitive. However I am
determined to move forward in this competition.
Q: Is there any particular style of music or musician
you aspire to be?
A: I like all types of music and do not want to fence
myself into one particular type of music. I like musicians
like Jothipala and Milton Mallawarachchi and enjoy most of
Q: What are your future plans?
A: My dream is to be Derana Dream Star. Once this show
is over I have a plan to record a few new songs. I plan to
further my education.
Q: If I were to thank those who helped me…
A: The first would be my parents and my brothers. In
addition I would like to thank my school Principal Father
Sylvester Jayakody who has a keen knowledge of music and
whose advice and blessings have helped me throughout this
journey. In addition I would also like to thank my teacher
Suminda Sir, for his encouragement. And thanks to all my
friends, teachers and everyone in my town.
No 520 V Ulhitiyawa, Wennapuwa
|Hector live in concert
Pradeep Nishantha Herath
The ‘Suranganavi’ - Hector Live in Concert will
be staged at Avenra Garden Negombo on March 7 at 7.00 p.m.
onwards. This show will be staged along with a release of
his second album.
Let us get to know something about Hector Dias. The first
album of Dias was released in 2005 under the name of ‘Rathriya,’
though unfortunately the expected result could not be
reached due to the tsunami effect. The second album,
‘Suranganavi’ is about to be released with a hope of
He selected Negombo to stage this show as it is his home
town. Though the ‘Marians’ are in the field of music for 24
years, Dias himself successfully tendered 12 years to manage
a music band as a saxophone artiste and a vocalist. He
played a major role with ‘Marians’ on their visits locally
as well as abroad.
According to him he was born and bred in Kochchikade,
Negombo and studied at Kochchikade Maha Vidyalaya. Later he
joined Wennappuwa Joseph Vas MV until his higher studies
were concluded. He started his music career at the age of
five. He was guided by the music teachers Joseph Pieris and
Malcolm Fonseka. It is very proud for him to say that his
first cassette was released during his school days in 1988.
Thereafter he continued his music carrier up to now.
During this period he was highlighted by Nalin Perera the
‘Marians’ band leader and invited him to take part as a
member in his band. He is happy to say Nalin Perera helped
him a lot to come up in this field and that it is a very
much unforgettable incident in his life.
The idea came through to him to release one of his own
albums and to conduct a concert by the encouragement of his
fans. Dias has no intention of leaving the band and to do
his own release but he along with the ‘Marians’ would like
to release different creations to his fans within the coming
years and this is the first step of such an idea.
Dias is expecting to give a helping hand to the needy
along with the deaf and dumb school which is run by the
Colombo Bishop Foundation out of the profit which he gains
through his upcoming release.
Dias has several combinations of music included in his
album. The most popular artiste Sunil Perera is also
presenting some of his songs as a guest singer in ‘Suranganavi’.
The music is supplied for the album by Prasanna Rosa, Teja
Iddamulgoda, Nandana Wickramage, Nalin Perera along with
other members of the ‘Marians’. The show will be presented
by Narada Bakmeewewa and Surangi Kodituwakku. It is also
expected to include a female singer to this show.
Dias has also received an invitation to conduct a musical
show at Melbourne shortly and this show will be sponsored by
several well wishers of his.
Dias invites all of his fans and public very warmly to be a
part of his show on the coming Sunday, 7.00 p.m. onwards at
Avenra Garden, Negombo.
‘I live for Prabhu Deva’ - Nayanthara
It looks like few journalists have been permanently
vigilant on Prabhu and Nayan. They are almost behaving like
the Vodapone puppy roaming behind the pair. Here is news
about them, reported by such a reporter….
Last Friday Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara had gone to a theatre
in Chennai to see the Hindi film My Name is Khan which has
Sha Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. They celebrated
the Valentine’s Day in Chennai the day before yesterday.
There is also news that they will be getting married soon.
Recently, while speaking to the media in Kerala, she said,”
If I like a person I will do anything for that person. Many
are asking me why I have tattooed Prabhu Deva’s Name on my
hand. I do not understand what people think. We are living
for people who live for us. That is the truth. This will
apply to everyone. I am also doing this. I am not bothered
about what others think of me. Many are also asking me about
my marriage. I am currently acting with Arya in the Tamil
film Boss Engira Bhaskaran. I am also acting in Telugu,
Malayalam and Kannada films. I have not thought of marriage
for time .”
Neha Dhupia: Firm against domestic
Actress Neha Dhupia may not have churned out a hit in a
film in a while, but there is another ‘hit’ that she is
definitely going after. The actress spent her Tuesday
afternoon rallying for the cause of Women Against Violence
in suburban Mumbai.
Speaking about her decision to support a cause such as this,
Neha says, “The statistics that I have been reading are
shocking. It seems, 60% of women go through domestic
violence. That is just wrong! And I am here today to let
people –women – know that they have an option…a solution to
get out of this cycle and save themselves.”
So, what according to her can someone do if they find
themselves in an abusive relationship? “Please talk to
someone. The most important thing is - never be scared.
Outside of your home, you have the support of the public,
your friends, the police and people like us. Another thing
that stops many of us is the feeling of bringing shame to
the family. But I just want to say is that if you step out
and raise your voice, you can save your life,” says the
Dhupia adds that many times, we forget about issues like
this because we only look at the big cities that we are
staying in and forget about the rest. “Please just do not
look at the big cities like Mumbai. That is not the heart
and soul of India. Go to the small cities and villages,
where there is so much violence. I mean even if you get out
of Bandra and go up to Dharavai, aapko dikheyga wahan par
kitna atyachar hota hai. And I see no reason why it should
be like that. Women are, as it is, the stronger of the two
sexes… they are known for their strength, and it is only a
matter of raising your voice. Just because we respect people
does not mean those very same people come and commit violent
crimes against us only!” she added.
“We talk about progress and moving ahead, but I do not
think we can truly progress till the time we can eradicate a
crime like domestic violence. We have to learn to respect
the women of our country,” she adds vehemently.
Other B-town stars have also pledged their names for this
cause, including Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan, Harman Baweja,
Mugdha Godse and Minishha Lamba, as well as rapper Hard