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Rakitha Badhiya Welangoda

Looking to develop his ‘music production house’

‘Sonduru Seethala Yaame – Obata Lanwi Rahase
Unusume Hangeela – Paawemuda Akase’

‘Dam Paata Handawe – Hiru Basina Me Yaame
Sulange Apa Dawateela – Piyanagamu Langatama Vee’

By Sarashi Samarasinghe

There are three individuals whom we remember when we hear the beautiful lyrics of this song. They are Sachin, Rakitha and Eranga. Out of this trio, Rakitha, the one who I like to highlight and is capable of capturing the hearts and souls of all music lovers around the island recently launched his second album which was named ‘Saranya’.
“The compact disc (CD) was launched on Valentine’s Day and the theme for this CD was love which was dedicated for the passionate lovers and for the sufferers,” said Rakitha.
According to him the CD comprises of 14 songs which includes songs such as ‘Dam Paata Handawe’, ‘Anduru Ahase Raa Katayam’ which was a hit in local song lists, ‘Hada Randu’, ‘Seetha Raa’, ‘Rahase’, ‘Oba Mage Nam’, ‘Mal Suwanda Wage’ including many others.

“Many prominent lyricists compiled lyrics for the above songs such as R.M. Gunarathne, Kaushika Ehaliyagoda, Hiran Wijesinghe and apart from them I compiled lyrics for four songs and they are ‘Oba Mage Nam’, ‘Rahase’, Daase Randune’ and ‘Apsaravi’,” said Rakitha.
Rakitha further emphasised that the total music production of this album was done at his own studio.
“I produced my first album in 2006 together with Sachin and it was named as ‘Tharu Kata’ which included 14 songs,” he added.

According to Rakitha out of the 14, two songs such as ‘Dam Paata Handawe’ and ‘Kavikara Handawe’ were hits in that specific year while apart from those two, songs such as ‘Babila Mal’, ‘Ran Kinduri’ along with some others, were also popular.
“‘Tharu Kata’ was performed according to my ideas as well as my partner’s ideas and through that album we got to know that there are so many sensitive listeners in our country due to the extreme popularity which was received by the song ‘Dam Paata Handawe’ which was included in that album,” he added.
Rakitha further emphasised that ‘Saranya’ is a new invention of a collection of songs which will be able to fill the gap of all sensitive listeners in the country.

“There are songs in this album which the listeners would be really able to feel while listening,” said Rakitha.
Rakitha is a product of Trinity College, Kandy and he started in the field of music in 1996 by becoming the main vocalist in the mixed oriental band of his school.
“I had a musical background from the very beginning and I did my first song in 2001 together with Sachin which was named as ‘Sihinayaki Oba’,” he added.
According to Rakitha he had been extremely popular among his school colleagues through this song and presently he has been receiving very good comments from his fans for the albums which he has done in the past as well as at present.

“While in school I used to take part in solo singing as well as in group singing competitions and I used to do some talent shows in Kandy which made us win in 2002 becoming ‘The Best Group in Kandy’ out of a talent show,” said Rakitha.
Rakitha further emphasised that he has done 33 songs up to now and that he is looking forward to doing two videos for his latest release ‘Saranya’.
“At the moment I am working on music, composing 12 songs which were done by Theja Fernando who is in Italy and I hope that we can put out the songs within this year after completion,” he added.
Concluding his conversation with the TV Guide Rakitha stated that he is looking forward to developing his ‘Rakitha Music Production House’ in a much broader manner trying to make it the best production house in Sri Lanka and he would like to deliver his sincere gratitude to his parents, younger brother as well as his friends in giving him immense support in all his past as well as present efforts.


‘Akasa Kusum’ launched as DVD

By Pradeep Nishantha Herath
The international award winning film ‘Akasa Kusum’ was launched as a digital video disc (DVD) at the National Library and Documentation Services Board, on March 17, under the Torana label.
The movie was directed by Prasanna Vithanage, and produced by H. D. Premasiri.
The film introduced the 5.1 Dolby Surround and the Dolby Studio Sound into the local cinema industry. The DVD was also included with avoided scenes during the editing and apart from the movie it also carried music video and advertising tapes.
A script of this film will be released free together with the DVD and the script was published by the Sarasavi Publication.

This was the first time that this type of incident took place in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, most popular songstress, Indika Upamalie’s new album was also released recently by the name ‘Sanda Pahan Raye’. Upamalie has 20 years of singing experience under Dr. Premasiri Khemadasa the famous musician.

The cassette includes a song which Upamalie has sung for the teledrama, ‘Kelemadala’ under the music direction of Khemadasa and also a song which she has sung with Visharada Nanda Malini.
‘Sanda Pahan Raye’ once received an award at the ‘Signis’ salutations which brought fame to Upamalie as a songstress in the field and that has made her to name the total album by the same.

She began her music career at Ananda Balika Vidyalaya and Visharada Malini Bulathsinghala was her music teacher at that time. The opening of her music career was then introduced to Khemadasa.
She was the main songstress of Khemadasa’s ‘Manasavilla’, ‘Warnadasi’, ‘Agni’, ‘Piriniwan Mangallaya’ Operas and also she was a main songstress of ‘Salamuthu Pinna’, ‘Kanyavi’ and ‘Sulan Kirilli’ films.
She received the Presidential award for the song she sang for ‘Sulan Kirilli’ film on that particular year. ‘Sanda Pahan Raye’ was an outcome of Upamalie’s two decades of experience in the music field.
At the same time, ‘Landadige’ is the latest album released under the Torana label of the outstanding singer Nanda Patirage.

The album consists of 16 songs by Nanda Pathirage and they are ‘Landa Dige’, ‘Bindu Bindu Malwasse’, ‘Magedasa’, ‘Yaliupadinnam’, ‘Atha Balapan’, ‘Yayadige’ along with some other superb hits of her in the 70’s.
Some of the songs are duets with Edward Jayakody and T. M. Jayaratna which is also included in the album.


Udit’s boy grows up

Aditya Narayan, son of famous singer Udit, will make his comeback as a Bollywood actor with his role in Shaapit, the horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt.
Aditya Narayan is famous for being the son of singer Udit Narayan. Now he is making a bid to try and accrue his fame himself, with his role as hero in Shaapit. Aditya is no stranger to the camera, and as a child artist, he has worked in films like Rangeela, Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai and Pardes. Aditya got his break on television by hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, which also launched Sonu Nigam, and now, he has got Vikram Bhatt’s horror movie. He has impressed us as a kid and as a televison host. We spoke to him about his comeback as a lead actor.

Q: Tell us something about your role in the film?
I play the character of Aman Bhargav and Shwetha - the female lead in the film - plays the character of Kaya. Aman and Kaya are in love since their childhood days. They have spent their school and college days together. Finally, when Aman proposes to Kaya, they get to know that Kaya’s family is ‘shaapit’ and that the daughter of the family cannot get married. The story of the film revolves around the journey of Aman and Kaya and how they deal with the curse which Kaya has and whether they succeed in ridding her of this curse.

Q: Why agree to a horror movie for your debut?
Well, it is an adventure-horror movie. But the story and the soul of the film is essentially very young. It is a normal, sweet, love story, but the difference is that they have been transported to some other world because of this curse. So, it is a love story with an adventure-horror backdrop.

Q: How was it working with Vikram Bhatt?
I think I am very lucky, not just because I got to work with Vikram, but also because I got to work with him in my very first film. It was a great learning experience, and I had a lot of fun. I was aware of the fact that it was going to be a very exciting film and it would be a great learning experience. Vikram is so chilled out and funny. Gradually, we became very good friends. He has a lot of patience, considering that in this film, he was dealing with three newcomers - me, Shwetha and Shubh Joshi.

Q: You were supposed to make your debut with a film titled Hamari Jaan Ho Tum opposite Soni Razdan’s daughter. What happened to that film?
That was long time ago, when I was 16 or 17. They just met me and discussed everything, but nothing materialised. But I think I am fortunate that they thought of doing a film with me, and in future also, I would love to work with them.

Q: From being a child artiste to anchoring a TV show, and now, debuting as a lead actor… How has your journey been?
It has been fantastic. I sang my first song when I was five for the film Akele Hum Akele Tum. Now I am 22 years old, and I have been working continuously for seventeen long years. Music was my first interest because both my dad and mom belong to this field. I used to accompany my dad for the recordings, and my parents knew that I was inclined towards music. I started my musical training with Kalyanji Anandji. I used to perform with them, and through their show Little Wonders, I performed at Filmfare awards, where Subhash Ghai noticed me and signed me for Pardes. And then, there came a phase when my parents decided that I should lead a normal life. I decided to continue with my studies and then went to London, where I studied music. I was offered Sa Re Ga Ma Pa when I was 19. I did three seasons for them, and we had a lot of fun. The show increased my fan following, and from the second season onwards, I started getting phone calls for acting in films. Surprisingly, I was offered more acting roles than singing. It was very ironic, as I was doing a musical show. Then, finally, Shaapit happened.

Q: Future Projects?
I am doing Vikram Bhatt’s next film, which is going on the floors from May or June. I was getting many offers from television, but television audience is completely different from films, and I did not want to mingle the two. I would not say I am not getting the right scripts; I am just not getting too many scripts, which I think is good flow.